Felted Sample: Fluffy Clouds

Felted Clouds sample of felting.

This little sample was originally about 12 x 20 inches. It shrunk to about 3 x 5 inches. That is the way of fluffy clouds in felting. There was no other structure other than two layers, one of fluffy clouds of merino wool, very thin, and another layer of fluffy clouds of plant fibers, laid on very thin. I love the result and I will certainly be playing with this more in my jewelry making.

This sample is one of the exercises assigned in the structure and surface texture online class I am taking from Yekaterina Mokeyeva of the Etsy shop: Feuer und Wasser.

Another wonderful workshop!

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Laura (left) holding the scarf she made at our felting workshop; and Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch owner, Jennifer, in matching colors (there are no coincidences).  In the background are the wall of alpaca socks and a scarf I made of merino and alpaca locks.

Yesterday we had our workshop at Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch store and it was SOOOO fun!!!

Laura and Jennifer both made felting projects and we had a ladies day of visiting and creating and eating yummy snacks, including some amazing gluten free, dairy free, chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies Jennifer made!

Laura chose plum and bitter chocolate colors as the background for her scarf and added lovely dyed fibers from her own Suri alpaca and from some Wensleydale fleece locks she had.  The reverse side had a combination of brown tones with white silk fiber running through, over a deep plum background.  Gorgeous combination!

Jennifer created a wall hanging of nutmeg and browns, lichen greens, rust, and whites; then on the other half of her project, she used the same colors to create felted fabric to top some throw pillows for her home.

Everyone expressed how much fun they had and I was delighted to share something I enjoy so much!

If you are interested in attending a workshop either at the ranch store or in my home, you can email me at micheleballantynedesigns@gmail.com — or call me at 407-766-2588, and we will set up a workshop.

 

Put together a Valentines confection at Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch yesterday.

Scarf confection… A bouquet scarf for Valentine’s Day.
Jennifer and Bill allowed me to sell my scarves at their store at Apacas at Markham Hill Ranch.
 

I laid out a pretty bouquet scarf as a demonstration at Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch today.

I was hoping to sell a few scarves but that didn’t happen.  I did sell one small scarf though and generated some interest in the felting class we will be holding there next month.

New flyer for the workshop at the ranch

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Jennifer, the owner of the Alpaca Ranch, suggested a flyer with more color; and my daughter Melanie suggested more photos of workshops on the flyer, so I came up with this.  I like this flyer better with the white background because the lettering is easier to read.  The flyer may not be as “pretty”, but it works.

Jennifer suggested I work on felting a scarf on Feb. 11th, while I am at her store at the ranch during her pre Valentines sale.  She had already invited me to sell my scarves there on that day.  She thought I might like to use my time to make a scarf while also demonstrating to customers what we will be doing at the workshop.  I love the idea!  If anyone wants to stop by to see the store and get in on some Valentine sales, and see my felting process at the same time, come on over to the ranch!

Working with alpaca fleece and I love the results! Workshop coming, see below . . .

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Creamy white merino and alpaca.

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With touches of alpaca along the edges and in the center of this creamy white scarf, a look of heavenly clouds is created.  The shiny white wavy lines are created with pure silk fibers.

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Here I added bits of fleece all over the underlying merino design.  The alpaca felts best when paired with a very feltable fiber like merino.

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This scarf is reversable; one side (above) having charcoal, cafe o’ lait, camel, and white underlying the white alpaca fleece.  The other side (below) has a cafe o’ lait, camel and white underlying design with white alpaca on top.

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The brooches I sell to go with the scarves.  Sometimes people buy a brooch first then design a scarf to go with the brooch they choose.

I stopped by Alpacas At Marquam Hill Ranch and met the owner, Jennifer.  I visited with her about alpacas and whether their fleeces felt or not.  She let me know that they do felt, but they felt better when mixed with an easy felting fiber such as merino wool.  We chatted and got to know each other and decided we would collaborate on a workshop!

I bought a couple small bags of fleece and she gave me another, and I went to work.  I love the results!  Now we have a workshop planned at her ranch.

Here is the flyer for our workshop together (perhaps some of you can make it):

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Upcoming : Wet felting workshop – you will make, and take home, a beautiful and textured scarf of fine merino wool and silk.

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Upcoming Workshop Dates in 2017

Jan. 14th    Jan. 28th    Feb. 11th    Feb. 25th    Mar. 11th    Mar. 25th

Time: 12 noon – 6 pm (or until you finish creating your scarf)

Place: 1717 Sonya Dr. SE  Salem, Oregon.

I will consider other dates if these do not work for interested participants.

Since the workshop is in my home, I am able to accommodate 4 workshop participants at a time, so register early to save your place, or places for a small group.  I have approximately 100 merino wool and merino/silk blend colors waiting to be made into gorgeous, soft, artistic scarves.  I also have some yak/silk/merino blends, baby camel/silk blend, pure silk fiber, and tensile fiber, for extra soft and shiny accents. I provide all the tools and tables to accommodate each participants needs.

You will learn basic wet felting techniques and how to place colors to get desired results.  You will make, and take home with you, a two sided scarf with a center core for strength and durability, of your own color choices.

  • There is no knitting or crocheting involved in this technique!

The cost is $85, or $75 when registered at least one week in advance.  Participants must be age 13 or older; however, if desired, a parent and child under 14, can register together as one participant and make one scarf together.

I must have at least one participant registered at least 24 hours in advance, as I rearrange my home to run a workshop.

To register, please email or text me of your interest, or leave your contact information here indicating which workshop you would like to attend.

Contact information

My email is micheleballantynedesigns@gmail.com

My phone and text # is 407-766-2588.  I sometimes do not answer the phone so please leave a message with your information, and I will return your call.  Please leave your name, phone number, and email address; as well as which workshop you would like to attend, or if you have a different date you would like to suggest for a workshop.  Once your registration is confirmed and your place is saved, please mail the workshop fee of $75 to 1717 Sonya Dr. SE Salem, Oregon 97317.

Fun and Productive Workshop Yesterday

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On Dec. 8, we had a workshop with Eileen and MaryJo.  MaryJo chose red merino and silk 50/50 blend, which, when dry, will be super soft and have gorgeous texture.  I wish I could have taken a photo when the red wrap was dry, but that usually takes overnight, and my workshops don’t last that long!  Unless we did a sleepover . . . Hmm, that would be fun too!

Eileen created a long narrow scarf for herself, using the woodland colors merino and silk blend along with mocha and cyan merino wool accents.  You can see the gorgeous colors and shine even when wet, but again, I wish I could show photos of this scarf when dry, the fibers fluff up into beautiful textures and brighter colors!

The workshop lasted less time that I expected.  We didn’t get started on time due to the weather and being not sure if the workshop would even be held, but they made it to my house at about noon or so, and we worked until a little after four.  They were fast putting their fibers down in the shape they chose, and the fiber felted easily.  They left before dark, which was good considering the weather was still icy.

My sister Cheryl jumped in an hour or so after class started, and created something as well.  She was so funny because she has felted before and she just went to town doing her own thing.

I had been working on a pattern for a certain look I wanted to achieve in a future wrap/scarf I want to make, and when I finished the pattern late last night, I saw that she used the shape of my pattern without even seeing it!  Ha ha!  As she worked, she appeared to be just throwing her fibers on willy nilly, but in the end everyone could see she knew exactly what she was doing.  You can see by the outcome . . . Beautiful.

I was able to take a photo of her project today, with the shawl she created all dry and arranged on the mannequin.  The colors and textures pop more when dry than when wet so the finished product is easier to appreciate.

I’m having a difficult time posting the photo of her scarf so I will post it later, below.

For upcoming workshops please click HERE.