Thursday, 26 March 2009

.......sigh..........

Just because I went to Wingham Wool Works and bought all the right materials



and equipment.. *

doesn't mean I know what to do with them.

I'm feeling like a fish with a bicycle at the moment.

I've made a few bits of felt working on this idea, but they are not so great.

The back is better,

so I did a little piece like the back, with moderate success,

but it needs more work.
They all do.

And I discovered how to print onto fabric from the computer .

But so what?



My last few posts resulted in squillions of comments which of course I replied to. (I had to!)
I also received two awards..A Sisterhood award from Lisette,
and a 'Kreativ Blogger' award from Ashley.
Both their blogs are lovely places to visit and I thank them both for their awards. I pass them on to any of my readers who would like to fulfill the condition, the main one being to link back to the person who awarded you.
That would be me.

And if you are one of the dozens(I know , I've got stat counter) who clicked on the cats face picture and got a shock, its your own fault!
I told you not to.
Back when I've got something better to blog about.
x

*Not an enema kit.

38 comments:

Daisie said...

I really love the felt work, what's wrong with it? I think it's great, what are you going to turn it into?

There is no need to reply :-D

xxx

art space gallery, st ives said...

Your 'felt bits' are wonderful! Love the textures and colours.

Cathy said...

I think the work is beautiful front and back!

art space gallery, st ives said...

Me again, just curious to know what that 'blue squeezy thing' is used for?

Jackie said...

The blue squezzy thing? I'd like to say use your imagination but that might have you barking entirely up the wrong tree. Its to suck water up and sprinkle..nay..squirt it on the wool. Every felt maker has to have one of those you know!(Even if they would rather use a sponge)

Jude said...

You've always got something interesting to say/show as far as I'm concerned.
Just wish I didn't live so far away and in such a barren place for crafty implements.
The price of having things posted over all the time makes them rather expensive..

Jude said...

How did you find out how to print on to fabric x

Victoria said...

If this is your first attempt I think you did a great job... heck even if this were your 50th attempt I'd still think you did a great job! (Glad to read what the blue squeezy thing is used for... had me scared for a minute as it brought back an early childhood memory that I have spent a lifetime trying to forget!)

Gina said...

Ah! The joy of playing and sampling and things not being as perfect as we would like... but don't be too hard on yourself!

Emma (silverpebble) said...

That's fabulous Jackie - not sure why you're being critical of your work here! I have no clue where to start with felt so to launch into a moucharabia project and come up with this is impressive.

The sign for 'Mummy' by the way, is tapping three fingers on the side of the head. The tot just wallops her whole wrist onto the side of her noggin with huge enthusiasm. She occasionally says 'mama' too!

I was awake one night thinking about the blogging etiquette question raised by your post. It's really made me think hard (tough with baby brain!). I don't think there's any obligation - those I comment on may have nowt to say about my blog. Fair dos.

Kitty said...

I hate it when that happens ... you have everything you need, including the ideas ... and then, somehow, it's just not right. I understand you feel unimpressed with it, but from where I'm sitting, it's brilliant. Seriously - the textures and colours are wonderful.

Don't be hard on yourself.

x

Genie said...

Looks good to me Jackie

Clevelandgirlie said...

This felt work is absolutely STUNNING. Vibrant, fascinating pattern, textural - WOW Did you "hand" needle it, or use an embellisher? It is wonderful.

Hens Teeth said...

Come on girl, work it, work it. No-one said it would be that easy!

From your sycophantic friend ;-)

paulahewitt said...

'*Not an enema kit. '
ahem. sounds like the voice of experience here...
the felted pieces look great, and especially so for your first time.

Linda said...

Jackie - I am baffled. No, not by the blue squeezy thing but by your response to your beautiful felting.
Look at again through our eyes - its fabulous. And the fact that it was inspired by your altered photo makes it even more special.
Linda xx

Kayla coo said...

I have never seen one of those blue squezzy things before for felting.
Have you tried putting your felt in the microwave?
It helps to felt it more quickly.
I like your felting and your image printing from the computer,so clever.

Heather said...

Those felt pieces are beautiful - if I could make felt like that I'd be very happy. As for computer printing onto fabric - well that puts you in the genius category.

Julie said...

You are being very hard on yourself Jackie. You have achieved loads here and the felt looks marvellous. I'll be interested to see where else you take your designs from the grille. I am never very good at keeping a note of what I've done in Photoshop either!

ferinn said...

These felts are fabulous.I can see the influence of the Morroccan screens and the colours work beautifully.
By the way thanks for your comments on my dyeing.Please don't feel it obligatory to reply every time as that could become such a chore for you and blogging is meant to be a pleasure.

arlee said...

We should all bve so"bad" at things:) Personally i love the deep texture and shadow in the blue and yellow spirally pieces--deep enough to sink tired toes in!

Shelly said...

Laughing my tail off (not at your art . . . it's gorgeous) but at your postscript comment because I thought the blue balloon "equipment" looked a little suspicious and have to admit, that is what popped into my mind.

Your pieces are great, Jackie. I love the colors and scrolls. You are just trying something new and are thus, out of your comfort zone. It looks fantastic. Keep on.

:-)
Shelly

jennyflower said...

Woud you like me to order you an enema kit to see if you can create something you're happier with? There's a group at my EG that would probably go into raptures about 'felt making the enema way', there seems to be much kudos in using un-usual materials.

Elizabeth said...

Just love the colours and wish I could do what you consider not good enough/failure. That for me would be a huge step forward.

Just the eye of the beholder that makes the judgement.

Have a great weekend with lots of successfull projects.

Elizabeth

Pam said...

Isn't printing on fabric with your printer one of the best ideas!!?? I use it all the time.

Are yu sure it's not a turkey baster???? hee hee.

Menopausal musing said...

Now, I haven't been near my computer for almost a week (and it has been an extremely hard one physically), but you made me laugh out loud (again)..... it was the comment about being "like a fish with a bicycle", not one I have heard before. Anyone who is a "maker" will understand what you are feeling about your work at the moment. Personally, I loved the back of the felt. Lovely.

DILLY said...

Ferst pikcher be like luvly soft cayve for Dilly go burrow in.

¬"

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Printing fabric from the computer? Wow.

jeanette, mistress of longears said...

You, dear friend, are way too self-critical! These initial experiments are the best most people will ever turn out..and they'd be thrilled! I feel very confident that this technique in your hands will evolve to be just as spectacular as your art quilting! It's wonderful to gain insight into your thinking and to watch your progress. Keep sharing!

cocoa and blankets said...

I think they look wonderful...I once went to a felt making workshop and made some slippers which took such a long time andso much effort...I can still emember the rubbing ...and they are so lovely that ten years later they are still gathering dust...I couldnt bare to wear them...my friend made felt bodies for her MA exhibition and hung them from the studio ceiling...it was like an abatouir (cant spell to save my life) ..her theme was on the feminist line about how we view womens bodies but I am afraid age has robbed me of any more detail than that...I have often wondered what she has done with them now she is happily married with baby...they would be a talking point in the sitting room with the mums and tots....

Purple Missus said...

Whats not great about them?
Beautiful colours, good design - they look wonderful.
I certainly wouldn't say no to them. :)

kay susan said...

Jackie, I think your felt bits are great - but if you really aren't happy with them, you could try running them through an embellisher.
Thanks for the post about Wingham Wool Works - I googled for their website and got exactly the hand felting needles I'd been looking for by return post! What an Aladin's cave!!!

Emmy said...

it is fantastic just love it

Robyn said...

If I could create pieces like your not-so-great's I would be very chuffed. I LOVE the felt bits that you've done.

julie king said...

it looks like you're having fun with the wool. and, some of the best things in life come from haphazard accidents or random experiments!!

Jacky said...

I love them all Jackie... your felt making is WONDERFUL!!!

Dot and I have signed up to do a felt making course in May so will keep a close eye on your felting adventures.

Thanks for sharing all these wonderful photos with us.

Jacky xox

Jude said...

Hhmm, where've you gone, there's so many questions you have to answer.... how did you print on to fabric.....................

Jude said...

ok, one last thing, because I don't think you've had enough comments massaging your ego (haven't seen mine for years, must loose weight) this piece of felting you've just made, it's lovely!!!!!!!!



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