Saturday, April 5, 2014

PHOTO TUTORIAL: A NEEDLE FELTED BEAUTIFUL SPRING BLOOMING HEDGEROW NEW IPAD AIR


Hello Everyone,

Celebrating Springtime in all its Glory....

Today I am going to share with you all A Photo Tutorial of a Needle Felted Spring Blooming Hedgerow.  

The photo below is the Finished Art Piece. I really loved creating this piece.  I even added a wee Dragonfly for Good Luck. 


To start I used "Core Wool Batting" two layer each felted separately onto a craft felt. The size of this art piece is 8 inches wide and 9 1/2 inches long. 

  Then I added the Hedgerow by using blended shades of browns Merino Wool Roving Tops. Then I added the beautiful Sky also by using blended blue Merino Wool Roving Tops.

Photo 4 shows the starting of adding the Hollyhock blooms. I created them from "Art Yarn" and lovely hand dyed Locks in shades of green.



Below is an up close of the bottom edge of my Hedgerow.  I used hand dyed wool Yarn using loose French Knots for the Hollyhock Flowers.

 I added bead flower to create "Blue Bells".  I also added bead leaves along the bottom of the Hollyhocks.

I also sparkling Pretty Yellow Primroses along the bottom with sparkling "Fuzzy Stuff" threads.


I also added some Lovely Climbing Pink Roses using Light Pink Fuzzy Stuff threads.

 And on the far left side I added
 "Gorgeous Yellow Climbing Jasmine" to finish off "My Spring Beautiful Spring Blooming Hedgerow". 

One always needs a wee "Tatted Dragonfly" fluttering about in the Sparkling Ocean Blue Sky.

 I also added wisps of Tussah White Silk to the sky to also add sparkle.


Below is an up close photo of "My Finished Beautiful Spring Blooming Hedgerow"..

What do you all think???

I hope I have inspired someone to try Needle Felting. It is so much fun.. 

 I would like to Dedicate this "Art Piece" to all My UK Friends because it was there beautiful countryside that inspired me to create it.. 

I plan to get it beautiful framed and then I will hang it in My Living Room so when we are in the depths of Winter it will make me smile and I will know that Spring will come again. 


I always like to have the back of "My Art Pieces" to look pretty too.  It also has wee flowers blooming on it too.


I discovered a New to Me UK  Magazine called LandScape, I absolutely Love. It truly make me happy setting in my cozy chair and reading all the lovely articles.  Below is the Spring Issue. It has the most beautiful cover..  



My Sweet Grandchildren Ethan with Little Sister Vivi.. They always make me smile...


My Lovely Grand Daughter Chloe with her New Doll called Saige..  I think they were meant to be a team what do you all think??

 

Guess who has come back to our front yard to explore?

 I will called her Jamima Puddle Duck and her family.  Last year they nested behind My Daylillies under my Bay Window..  I do hope they come back. We had so much enjoyment watching them.


My Long awaited Crocuses has finally sprouted and bloomed.  Also My Tulips have sprouted.  They all make me smile..

Springtime what a Glorious Time of Year...



I have been debating about getting an Ipad Air for sometime. I was not sure I would be able to figure it out. I know I will never Master it but I am enjoying using it so far with lots of help from My Sweetie.

 My Sweetie bought me one last week..


I really like the New Pink Cover for it of course with Blooming Flowers. LOL 

 I would Greatly Appreciate any Suggestions on Apps or programs to download to to enhance or edit my photos for blogging.

 Or any other suggestions you think I would need to know to add to the fun of using the Ipad Air.   Thanks for your help..  


Happy Spring to Everyone.

I would also like to Thank Everyone who stops by and leaves their lovely comments for me to read.. They always make me "Smile"!!

Hugs Judy

Monday, March 17, 2014

MY FIRST WEE WET FELTED SPRING BLOOMING GARDEN TEAPOT



Hello Everyone,
Does anyone remember the Nursery Rhythm called
I am a Little Teapot?
I have been admiring Wet Felted Teapots in the German Felt Magazine and the Australian Felt Magazine for some time.

 I have also admired very lovely "Teapots" on my friend Terriea's blog called Terrie--Smiling. Terriea is a very creative and talented Felter.  Terriea inspires many felters with her lovely work. 

Thank you Terriea for the inspiration to push oneself to learn new techniques.


I received the most lovely surprise in the post this past week all the way from Hong Kong.


 Look what Terriea made especially for me...

 It is a beautiful silk natural printed scarf.  Terriea uses Gum Leaves and other beautiful leaves from her area to make these gorgeous printed scarfs.  Terriea shows you how she does this technique on her blog,  Terrie--Smiling.

Thank you Terriea for the lovely Gift. I will treasure it always.
  

I have falling in Love with Finn Wool

I used Finn Wool to create "My First Wet Felted Teapot". Finn felts up so very nicely.  I love it. I used all the White Finn Wool that I bought to create My  Teapot.


I took a workshop at
 Twisted Warp & Skeins in Merrill, Michigan to create "My Spring Blooming Garden Teapot".. After 3 hours of hard work the photos above is the teapot I took home.

I have taken 2 other short workshops in wet felting to create a flat fabric and a wee Pod but those were several years ago.

In the workshop I had wanted to learn how to create  a seamless teapots but the teacher only knew how to do this with balloons. I had already made a template with plastic material and so I decided to stay with the template.
  I did add a wee resist in the center of the teapot to create "My Spring Blooming Garden" space.
 
 I had never made a "Wet Felted Rope" before and that technique turned out easier than I thought it would be. When wrapping the wool fibers around itself I included some pink too.. You can see wee bits of pink showing through the rope.


When I got home I went to Utube and watched a couple of video on seamless wet felting.. Then I created the "Teapot Lid".. I even add a wee tuck in it to give it some added charm.

 I am never happy with my creations until I add lots of embroidery and or beading. 


So when I got home I started adding embroidery and beading to "My Spring Blooming Garden Teapot".



 I added many pretty beads to create the garden. I also used 2 different shades of Locks to create the grass.

 What do you all think of My Spring Blooming Garden Teapot?



This is the backside of "My Spring Blooming Garden Teapot".


This photo is of My Finished "Spring Blooming Teapot". It makes me Happy when I look at it.

I do plan to make another one but this time I will create one with the theme of "By The Sea"..

 What do you all think???


There was lots of lots of wonderful colorful roving at Twisted Warp & Skein in Merrill, Michigan. I especially like the blended batts.  A Neat Shoppe indeed.


The Coast Guard Cutters have been working for sometime to break up the Ice from our Great Lakes. 
 In the second photo you can see large chunks of Ice floating free in the water.

  The first photo is what our shoreline looks like at the moment.. They tell us we will be lucky to be free of all this Ice until May..  And the waters will be so cold we will probably won't be able to stick our toes in it waters until August.  Can you believe??  

A Winter we will Never Forget.



I am Very Happy to show you all these wee Spring Flowers bursting from the ground in the only place that does not have several feet of snow covering it still..
 This wee garden is under our bay window very near to the cement blocks of the house that is always kept very warm because the sun shines on this spot all day.  Hence No snow..

 So I know Spring will be coming soon. 

I thank you all for visiting my blog and leaving your Lovely Comments for me to read..

Have a Very Lovely Week. 
Hugs Judy

Sunday, March 9, 2014

FOLLOW A TREE FINISHED SCOTTISH HIGHLAND BY THE SEA and A WET FELTED VASE



Hello Everyone, 

As you all know I am passionate about my garden and my stitching.. So when I read about "Follow A Tree" for one year I could not resist joining in with Lucy and many others.

This Great Idea was created by

I am sure you all will enjoy seeing
 "My Kousa Dogwood Tree" now buried in snow during its "Rest and Quiet Renewal of Winter" to popping forth with wee buds in the next few weeks.

  Please visit the "Loose and Leafy" site and see so many other lovely blogs and trees.



Our Winter has been especially harsh this year.  Bitterly cold and snowy.



Our front yard has never seen this much snow.



Along our Lake Michigan shoreline our Lake Michigan is now 93% frozen.  A very rare case only happening 2 times before back in the 60ish..

 What does this mean for us living in Western Michigan.  They tell us our Spring will be "Late" "Cold" and "Wet"... Not what we want to hear after enduring our Arctic Winter...


So I have been spending lots of time in My Studio. I have now finished the back of
 "The Scottish Highland By The Sea". 

 I used Peltex which I attached to the main art piece and then laid the white wool with words over it and with no steam in my iron I press it all together.



I used Printed Treasure fabric to add the following words.
  
Listen to the Surge of the Sea.
The Thunder of the Ocean.
Breaking on the Sand of the Beach.
The Ceaseless Surge
 Listen to the Surge Of the Sea..



Now all I need to do is wait patiently for Spring when all the frozen Ice and Snow has left our beautiful sandy beaches..
 Then I will search for some "Drift Wood" so I can attach it to "The Scottish Highland By The Sea" and hang it up in our Master Bathroom..

What do you all think???



You just have to love all these most Beautiful Pastel Hand Dyed and Hand Carded fibers.  They just make me smile when I look at them... Yes they do!! LOL

 I bought them when I attended a class a few weeks ago at Twisted Warp & Skeins at Merrill Michigan.



The above wet felted vase is not completed as of yet.  It still needs some more fulling and then lots of embroidery and beads added to it. 

I am not sure what kind of a Vessel it will turn out to be. Should I Leave it like the photo above or turned it upside down like the photo below??

What do you all think??




I would like to Thank You all for visiting my Blog and leaving all your lovely comments for me to read.. 

I wish you all a lovely week. 

Hugs Judy
  
I leave you with some more enticing lovely bits of wool roving in all the colors or Spring... 

HAPPY SPRING!!!