Friday, 18 April 2014

Egg-citing 2!

Another clutch of eggs has been made,
 for friends and family that we will be seeing over Easter. These are three dimensional light and fluffy!
It all began a couple of years ago with these two characters...
a plan was hatched and below are this years chicken and egg models!



Here are some photos of them in the making!


Each is  formed from a pile of fluff, wrapped round a plastic egg and wet felted.
All the eggs have a secret middle - a contrasting colour with a strand or two of zingy wool!
Sometimes a hint of the contrast migrates through the layers -
making felt is so much fun - the results are always a surprise!


 
I based my technique on the hands on method - and added the surprise insides!
 

Some have Wensleydale curls!
 

Once dried the fuzzy shell was cracked (using sharp scissors to form a zig zag shape!)


Tweet!


Having found some colour combinations I liked, the fluffy egg theme continued..


Fibre needlefelted onto polystyrene eggs and wet felted by hand...


Believe it or not..these are tiny!


Large ones,
displayed in one of RW Jnrs early egg basket creations - its probably 9years old now, but appears each year replenished with consumable eggs!
 

 


The light blue is hand dyed shetland from Sarah's Texture Crafts..
it has a beautiful bluey green hue..



My hands were lovely and soft as I used olive oil soap from a solid block during the felting process.


The colours look extra zingy when wet!
 


Remember that huge chocolate I had for Christmas?
The contents disappeared very rapidly, and extra deliciously, one weekend  - 
the container is very useful!




Wishing you all moments of thoughtfulness and a very
Happy Easter!


Friday, 11 April 2014

Egg-citing!

Spring has Sprung! 
Its nearly school holidays in Brum...
and some egg-citing creations have begun
to make their way to new homes
to spread some Easter fun!

These are flat ones...with squidgy shells... that fit in envelopes!


the third adaptation of the Random Wooliness plarn petal


flattish with a slightly domed centre


...a granny style version..


and a more petite, delicate shells with wool you may recognise..


..the backside reveal is becoming a habit!


Its amazing how the shape, outline and curvature change with yarn type and hook selection..
you learn something new every day!


59g of stashbusted yarn shelled out
on no calorie eggs!

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Rainbow Chevrons

A special young lady was eight last weekend. She has a passion for stationery.
A Fiber Flux pattern was tweaked for cotton in my stash, 
extra stitches as my yarn weight was less than the pattern,
extra rows to make a rainbow,


a splash of pink to fill the gaps...
 

...and a bright green button.


A unique pencil case - no-one else has one quite like this!
 

It was interesting to work with several brands of cotton in one project
...quality and price go hand in hand!


49g of cotton busted


I hear it was proudly the subject of show and tell....
Happy Birthday! May your days be filled with rainbows! x

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Hoopla!

I really admire Hesta's 1940s style floral brooches, not only does she make the most dainty colourful flowery bouquets but she also teaches others how to make their own. 
Over at Bodkin, her blog, she suggested that larger versions could be made using a hoop. This was great news as I have rather chunky fingers, and as she said it was fun to make your own I thought I'd have a try. 
As I prefer to crochet I began hooking tiny flowers, some from pattern books and others my own modifications.


This hoop is about 6inches across


 the daintier flowers arranged here!

The backside!

The next hoop is about 10inches across...


...with a loomed daisy in the mix!


Both were well received as Mothering Sunday gifts...

33g of stash busted on blooms!

Its amazing what you can find when focussing on individual colours. 
I was about to go and purchase some extra wool for stems, but as I furtled in my wool box look at the varigatedness of greens I already had!


I got carried away crocheting flowers...I now have a flower box that is bursting with blooms..
Jacqui has very generously sent me a couple of hoops reclaimed from charity shops...so these are the first of a few hoopy creations!


....my son knows me well...
recipe for a happy Mothering Sunday;
 handmade card, flowers, chocolate and a yummy jammy heart!

Friday, 28 March 2014

Tiddly om pom pom Part two!

Way back in November a request came across the cyber waves from Sense,  for pom poms, to become part of a huge collaborative artwork -  the Tapestry of Touch.
The tapestry aims to raise awareness of multi-sensory impairments and the fabulous work of the charity Sense.

Lots of people joined in the fuzzy fun including Linda and Ali,
and more than six thousand pompoms were received!
The Tapestry is currently on tour, and at the moment is just down the road, at Solihull Arts Complex.
Before setting out I refreshed my memory of Ali and Linda's pompoms, hoping I would be able to spot one or two!



Really the photos can only give you a tiny taste of the spectacular visual and tactile feast...
there are pompoms of all shapes, sizes, colours, materials and textures.
While we were there, a lady who was involved in the tour was taking pictures, she remarked how ingenious many of the pompom makers had been and how they have been overwhelmed with the response. She was interested to hear some of the stories of makers too!


 I'm wondering if some of Linda's lime green creations may be spotted?!? 


 The tapestry forms a colourful cascade and carpet of fabulously feely fuzzyness!
It really is a pleasure to touch and explore!


The blue knobbly pompom is plastic stuffed with plastic balls...


there are pom poms made from t-shirts...


material, plastic bags, hair scrunchies, glittery tinsel...


 and bubble wrap!


This purpley one looked like a multi-legged spider, perched ready to pounce!
 I kept spotting colours that I was familiar with  - quite a few with variegated yarn I have in my stash. Then...just at the rippling wave edge, nestling underneath, propping up a patch of pompom, I spotted a friend!


Amongst the six thousand I had found one of mine!


I pulled him out for a photo and a squidge and nestled him back into position...I'd like to think his dishevelled appearance was a result of being fondled!
Funnily enough - as I looked for a photo to show him with his mates before he was posted, I realised that he's actually probably right next to one of his pals in the woolly huddle!
I'd forgotten  which wool I had pompommed!


If  you posted pom poms I hope you catch a glimpse of something familiar,
 I also hope some of you can get to see, feel and experience the amazing interactive artwork!
There are new dates and venues  being added to the tour as it travels.

I love the texture of wool and cotton as I rhythmically crochet, rub and roll felt fibres, or draft the colourful fluff whilst spinning....
I hope the Tapestry of Touch makes many people think,
it certainly has reminded me that touch is the key for people with sight and hearing impairments...
 the tapestry does makes a powerful statement and
I am very proud to say I am part of it, along with some bloggy friends!