Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A New Year Already?

Wow, does time fly when the holidays come around. Yet again, I feel so far behind in writing what I have been doing this may be a long post. The holidays were good, except that Dad had to go into the hospital the day after Christmas. I had to call the ambulance in the morning because he was having really bad pain. It was the worst that I have ever seen him and I was very afraid. We both thought it was a heart attack. It turned out to be a spasm in a coronary artery that was fixed easily by having a stent put in. Now he is back working harder than he has in months and he is happy about that....and I am very thankful just to still have him with us.
The holidays always mean packing up my 'studio' so we can fit the 20+ family members in the dining room. This year we tried doing something different and turned the big table 90 degrees. It seems like there is more room now so I am able to keep the folding tables out and put them on risers to ease my back. Since most of my felting stuff was packed away I laid out a simple rug on my table down in the basement. I used one of the fleeces that I bought in November; a Border Leicester. Here it is with the layout almost finished.

I finished the layout but that is as far as I have gotten. It is still down there waiting to be felted. Good thing we don't need THAT table for anything!
After Thanksgiving I was able sneak in a visit with Joei. I wanted to use her drum carder on the brown/black fleece I bought. It was slow going since the fibers are so short; much shorter than I thought when I bought it. I am planning on making a hat with these batts.

Joei worked on a pair of slippers for a Christmas gift. Here she is, looking a bit maniacal with her wooden spoon for hitting the felt. She is so fun!

We talked about the upcoming "Creation Myths" exhibit that the guild is having at the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council in Glens Falls NY and shared lots of ideas. I have always wanted to make a Greenman out of felt and we thought it could fit in with the theme of the exhibit so I came home inspired. I got right to work on it. Here are some progress photos.

And here is how he finished up looking. He is a wearable mask with Velcro straps on the back. I made removable eyes too but decided not to use them. I did stitching on all of the leaves since I have my lovely old featherweight tuned up and running smooth.

I am quite happy with him.
I then got back to working on my primordial soup piece. I just have a few bits left to stitch but here it is. I need to get better photos before I ship it off.

And last but not least I was busy getting ready to have a wonderful group of ladies come for the weekend so that we could felt together. Joei and I have been 'keepers of the flower vine' for the guild for a while now. This vine is a collaborative guild project and is meant to be displayed at our exhibits. Therefore I wanted to get it done in time for the January 20th opening. That meant a lot of sewing to put the flowers that the members made on to the vines. Here is what we had to work with.

Sadly, Joei was not able to join us, but Cher, Cheryl, Carol, Robin, and I were able to finish the vine and have loads of fun. So much so that I want to have more felt get-togethers. Be warned Dad, D&D's B&B may get busier!


  1. Love your Greenman...You are such a talent, Diane!!!

    Looks like a fantastic guild...Wish I lived closer;-)

    Happiest of New Year's wishes to you.


  2. Awesome projects! I was fascinated with your making of the green man- this is such a basic question but do the folds "hold" just from clipping and then drying? Does it have any stiffener? Love the vine, what a fun guild!

  3. Dawn, I wish you lived closer too!! Maybe someday you will come to D&D's B&B? The Northeast Feltmakers Guild is great, though with 100 members and growing it is getting a bit large for me. I loved this small gathering. Muah. Diane

  4. Hi Lindy, I really worked that piece, and got it as hard as I could. The photo with the clothes pins was from when I first rinsed the soap out and let him dry. I then did lots of machine stitching. I consulted with the felting gurus on Pat Spark's Feltmakers list about whether to use a stiffener or not, and the answer was yes. I used diluted Weldbond glue. In the photos only the last three shots show him with the stiffener.

  5. The greenman mask is fabulous! I'd love to get a Feltmakers Guild going in the west.

  6. I LOVE your green man! I've been a Greenman Fan for a ling time, looking for him in every church I go. Yours is VERY beautiful!

  7. Diane--Your Greenman is spectacular!! You SHOULD be proud of him!
    ...and your 'flower power' day looks like it was a blast, too. Wish I were closer! Sighhhh.

  8. Thank you all for the lovely compliments.
    Heather, I wish you were closer too. How about a trip?

  9. Oh your Greenman is amazing and i love the flower vine. :)