Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Long and short.

For a short time a couple of weeks ago I felt I'd lost my reason to stitch.
I wanted to try something new but didn't know what, so instead of sitting about and doing nothing I decided to have a little play with felt and pre-felts.



 Laying cut out bits of pre-felt onto a background of fleece was a good start for stitching and I managed to complete a small square piece which I quite like.
 Its difficult to take photos at this time of year far north in the Northern Hemisphere so please cut me some slack with the quality!
 I really loved stitching these little 'knepps' or 'Pebbles' I included in the felt. Its a pretty little piece and is in my etsy shop now.

Then I made another piece the same size. The pictures of this are EVEN WORSE if that is possible but I think you can sort of tell what they should look like.
 I've edited them in different ways to show the true colours but I think you'll hav eto do a bit of deduction or imagining.
 Anyway, the stitching is still a fun feature.

 And my third piece is a long and narrow piece with a touch of lilac.
I enjoyed doing his very much indeed.

Knepps/pebbles again.
 Some lilac swirly bits against goldy ochre and olive look lovely.
 Its a long way up to see the whole piece.
 it was a fun piece to stitch.

French Knots, running stitch, leaves..what fun!

Here are the three pieces together,

Strangely the best photos are those taken in complete shade. I think the sun is so low it bounces back in a fragmented way.

Now..I've been putting out some feelers..who wants to do an online class? A bit of an intro to felt making, basic machine embroidery and working towards a Finished piece.  Possible 8 weekly videos after christmas. For a fee of course. (I have to eat)
Anyone?

36 comments:

Deborah Walker said...

I'd LOVE to do a course such as you describe!
Would it have to be at set times though? (Escaping to the sun for a month in mid January!)
Deborah

Heather said...

These three new pieces are stunning - I particularly like the long narrow piece. They remind me of majolica ceramic designs but your colours are more beautiful.
I think an online course is a great idea but I am working on one already and will be too busy to put my name down. I'm sure you'll have enough takers to get one going.

Lynette (NZ) said...

I love this new direction in your work.

Chris H said...

Your felt work is amazing. Sadly I cannot commit to a course, though I would have LOVED to. I'm getting into photography classes next year and one 'new passion' is enough for me!

sharon young said...

So glad you got your mojo back and what beautiful pieces to come back with. I love them especially the long narrow one, that touch of lilac is perfect.
I think an online class is a great idea, I love felting but must finish the outstanding pieces I have on the go before tackling a new direction.

Jacqui Galloway said...

Stunning....makes me want to get out my pre felts too!

Virginia said...

Jackie, I have LOVED your work and I would love to do a course with you. Would it be "at our own pace" or would we need to keep up with the class? I ask because what with the End of Year school madness, Christmas, and then summer holidays some weeks may be pure mayhem!! But I'm very, very interested

Gina said...

Lovely work jackie. Good luck with the on line course. I've toyed with the idea of doing that for a while but can't face the technology involved. I'll be interested to hear how you get on.

Janny de Roo said...

wonderful works ! I love it and 'll try it by myself if you do'nt mind....thanks for showing how to do......

Rachel said...

There's a slight Jacobean feel to these - delightful!

Terri said...

Depends on the fee, of course. I'd love to participate, especially for the embroidery part.
Hugs

PaulineC said...

I love all your work and I would certainly be very interested.

Robin Mac said...

Lovely work as usual, and I am interested in the online course - may depend a bit on how it is structured though. Look forward to seeing details in the new year. Cheers

Mari Du Toit said...

I would love to do the course

Avril said...

Love the idea of a course. Need more details though before I could commit. Look forward to hearing more soon.

Avril.

Sally Mack said...

I would love to take your course! I have been enjoying your blog for a few years, and have thought of trying my hand at felt drawing. It would be much more fun with instructions!

Pam said...

They're beautiful pieces Jackie! But the lilac is particularly lovely.

I still find it difficult to 'keep it all going' sometimes too.

The online class sounds fab and definitely something I'd be very interested in doing, as long as I wasn't too poor at the time!! :D ♥

ferinn said...

Such alchemy,how it goes from the first pic to the end result is wonderful.I'd like to find out a bit more before I could commit.

Fran said...

Yes please. Yes please yes please!

FeltersJourney said...

ooo I love these pieces! Glad your creative slump didn't stick around.. I hate feeling like that.

The on line course is an excellent idea! Hope it goes well and you enjoy it. I would be interested but it will very much depend on how busy things are round here.. sounds great though.
x

Magpie's Mumblings said...

As always I love the work you do (and, as an aside, I'm getting lots of compliments on my brooch). I like the idea of your online class, but I'm already knee deep in one with Karen Ruane and can't commit to another one without going completely bonkers. I need days that are MUCH longer (or forget about sleep). Good luck with it!

Sandie012459 said...

I would be very interested!

Shepherdess said...

I would be very interested. price is a factor but the other is can I down load the classes so I can take my laptop to my studio to work. I have no internet in my studio.

Monica said...

I would love to take a class! I would need more info before making a firm commitment, but so far so good.
Also, your new pieces are beautiful. I really enjoy seeing your work.

Els said...

Ahhhh Jacky this work looks wonderful !

(ha, no more fun than to stitch on felt ..... yes !)

Susan said...

I would be very excited to take a class! I love to machine quilt but I have very little experience with felt making.

Christine said...

Beautiful pieces. I would be interested in taking the online course.

Susan White said...

Sign me on for a course. I love the richness of your work and have for a while. I just found your blog so now I can spend some more time enjoying the richness. Can hardly stand to wait.

ValerieL said...

I would also be very interested in doing an online class with you!

ValerieL said...

I would also love to take an online class from you!
I love the work you do.

Sue Marrazzo said...

Gorgeous!

Janine said...

Your pieces are stunning!!! My dream is to make a wall hanging one day. would love to follow a course, but I'm no where near your place. So I guess that's a dream as well :-)

karenjane said...

Do you ever do felt making actual (as opposed to on line, virtual)courses? I am in Lancashire so close to you.
Share your obsession with leaves, I sew them together (its wrecked my machine). If you rub them with hand cream while they are still flexible they stay that way.

loverofnewfs said...

I would love an online class from you. If you put a mailing list out based off these comments, please add me.

jeanne said...

Love your work Jackie. Would be very interested in an online class. I am not a novice stitcher though and have done a bit of felting and free machine embroidery, but am mostly a patchwork and quilter. Happy New year to you.
Greetings from Janne in Norway.

Jane said...

I would be interested in an online course, although I could probably only do it if the timing can be flexible. I would particularly like a workshop based on the pieces you make that combine felt with dyed velvet and machine-stitching. Presumably you don't really need a minumum number to start with, as people can sign up later on when they discover your site.
Jane.



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