This new piece is almost finished, with just some dark brown stitching to add for emphasis here and there.
As I may have mentioned in another post, I have been taking felting courses online from one of my two favorite fiber artists in the world, Yekaterina Mokeyeva ( https://www.feuer-und-wasser.com/about ) This felted piece is my latest homework in her structure and surface texture class which is ongoing right now. I love this technique and what it produces! I have learned many new techniques from “Katia” and am so inspired by her work.
The colors and design of this sample were inspired by a photograph of rock strata on Pinterest.
If you are interested in felting, or are a fiber artist, you may enjoy taking one of her workshops. She travels all over the world teaching in person, and I am so grateful that she has also added online classes to her teaching schedule so I can attend!
Thank you so much Katia!
The last two scarves I had at The Arts Center in Corvallis sold! This one, a 4 way reversible wrap made of soft merino wool, baby camel, silk, and yak;
and this one, a reversible scarf made from soft merino wool, baby camel, and silk.
When a fiber is called “baby” it doesn’t mean the fiber is from a baby animal. The term baby is used to describe the softness.
Now that Christmas if over, I took a little time to get the photos of my latest scarf creations up on Etsy! Yay!
I am loving making the reversible scarves. Check out the extra photos of these beauties and you will see what I mean.
I already have photos for two more new scarves coming onto Etsy soon.
Also, vintage brooches will soon be added to the buying options! I just collected some beauties for the Etsy shop. I hope you will check out my Etsy Store, like it, and share. I intend to keep it stocked from now on!!!
Making scarves is so much more fun now that I am making them reversible. I just made a couple mini scarves that have the reversible quality I find so exciting. Below is a slide show of the scarves and some of the looks that can be achieved with each.
First the fuchsia, garnet, lavender, and purple mini scarf. All these looks are created with one 4 way reversible scarf.
Next the aqua, blue, mint, and green mini 4 way reversible scarf.
I have to admit, too, I have sort of fallen in love with brooches since I have begun making mini scarves. I think it all started when friend asked me to make a smaller scarf for her, that would go well with an heirloom brooch she owned. I loved playing around with the colors to create something which would highlight the brooch as well as being beautiful itself.
These gorgeous and stylish mini scarves, made from the very soft merino wool and silk, will be selling for $95.00 each. I will be selling brooches as well. These will soon be on my Etsy site: micheleballantyne.etsy.com
Here is another many – way reversible wrap I finished on Saturday. It is at the Corvallis art center for $140. The following photos are all of the same scarf! It is so versatile!
Fine merino and silk in teal, brown, and gold with touches of tencel, baby camel and yak down.
This is a new pattern I worked out for an art scarf on the dress form with batting. Funny thing is when I unwrapped the batting pattern, it was almost the same shape as the shawl Cheryl made at my workshop! Ha ha!
I had a second long scarf sell at the art center yesterday for $150. It was the yak and silk 50/50 blend. The woman bought that particular scarf for it’s ultra softness. It is so exciting to be selling my work at the Art Center in Corvallis.
This scarf was inspired by the colors in The Hobbit movies! I love the gold and browns and blues that seem to be consistent in so many of the scenes. And once I finished the scarf I felt it had taken on a very aquatic theme with the blues and shadows and hints of little golden fishes swimming around.
This wrap/scarf sold to a prominent judge in the Portland area. Thank you for appreciating my work!!!