Thursday, 18 October 2012

Boxmoor Craft Fair 2012

The Annual Boxmoor Craft Fair is happening this weekend!

This little fair is small but perfect. We have the happiest stallholders with the nicest crafts and a Kidzone where the children and adults can come and be arty, making Christmas decorations and Artist Trading Cards.

Some of the children come back year after year to add to their collection of cards and have made some beauties!

There are lovely refreshments, hot and cold, and some great stalls to visit.

This year I will be selling off some of my vintage ribbons by the roll for only £5.00. Some of the rolls have 20+ metres on them and would sell for £1.50 or more per metre usually.

I will also have pick and mix buttons and beads and fantastic leather festival jewellery. and I have found some amazing holographic cards with the solar system and planets which would make fab presents if you can part with them.

There will be felt bags and recycled silk purses and all kinds of yummy stuff so come along if you can.

Sunday 21st October, 10am 'till 4pm.
The Parish Centre, St Johns Road, Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead. HP1 1NR
Next to the 3 Blackbirds.

The famous Conker Festival is also on that day so come and make a whole day of it with me!

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Ready to Fly!

One of my earliest blog posts on the 17th May had a doodle  from one of my sketchbooks that I had used as inspiration for a piece of handmade felt. 
I had a lovely time laying out the felt fibres using some of the colours in the sketch and then because I was so busy with my teaching schedule and because I had covered every available space  with art stuff I rolled up the fibres in their net and bubble wrap  and left them till the summer. I originally intended to add the details from the sketch into the final piece with stitching. I was going to 'doodle ' with the sewing machine to add the final touches.
I finally had time to finish felting it and here is the finished piece! at last!!
 I am so pleased with the way it has come together. Because it was made by wet felting, it has  a really dense rippley texture and the pattern on it has stayed in relief. Because I am an embroiderer and I am addicted to stitching I had to really make myself resist stitching this piece. I think it has enough detail now that it is finished and it is a good note to myself that I don't need to stitch on everything . 
You can see in this detail that it has a variety of different fibres on this panel Thin mohair, silk, curly hand dyed Wensleydale, hand dyed roving and lots of coloured merino. Just like painting with fibre! Hmmm What shall I do next???