Friday, 29 April 2011

and it's a ............Unicorn

I`m very happy to have finally finished my Unicorn. I wasnt sure if she was going to be a horse for a while but when I added her mane and tail fiber which I won from, she looked so magical she had to be a unicorn.
I`ve never worked with Alpaca fiber before and I have to say it is the most silky soft fiber I`ve even felt. Riverstone has been raising Suri Alpacas since 1999 in Ohio and sheers every April. They are gorgeous.
Hillary's  fiber was used in my Unicorn. It's not as easy to needle felt as wool but the results are dramatic and perfect for the look I wanted to achieve.

Monday, 25 April 2011

Brooch crazy

This week I've been dreaming up all kinds of brooches. Here are a few I have finished and listed in my shop.

I love Swedish Gala horses!. In fact I love all Scandinavian fold art and fabric designs. I plan of felting a series of 3d Gala horses in various colors.

Dairy cows in green meadows, strawberry fields, sunshine, sweet summer breezes.
These are the things that are inspiring me right now.

 Another sweet Russian doll.

Finally an adorable Viola brooch.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

It's that time of year again

Everyone in my house is crazy about strawberry season. We are just starting to see them in the shops again and it is heavenly.

I have needle felted each strawberry from 100% merino wool. I didn't realize how time consuming making strawberries would be when I started this project. 
I started with a core of creamy white wool and then added the juiciest red color in my stash.
The seeds are individually felted on next using the tiniest tufts of pale yellow wool.
Finally the tops are cut out of 100% wool felt and I have needle felted color variation and the stalks.

Monday, 4 April 2011

Cats, Unicorns and pendants

It seems so many things have been happening this week.
Apart from getting ready for our big move my cat has had 5 kittens.

It was big shock when we discovered she was pregnant as she is only 7 months old. All the kittens are all black or black and white so they are kind of hard to see in this photo.

I have finally ventured into using wire frames for my needle felting. My first project was a rabbit which I am very pleased with.  I am now working on a Unicorn which I am really enjoying. I have modeled it on a toy horse from my children's farm yard set. I still have more work to do but I am loving  its shape.

As you may already know I am a big fan of fabric covered beads. I have a few ones left from other projects  and am thinking of new ways to use them. This one has a chain tassel that I think really sets it off.

I thought I'd show you a pair of earrings I made just for me. I love Tibetan jewelry, especially the coral and turquoise pieces. I have used Turquoise in a sliver setting for these earrings and added Red Coral, Turquoise and Yellow opal chips. I love them.