My living room has become my work area with track lighting and a wall full of colors. Originally I had all my wool in sealed up plastic boxes but that was too difficult when I wanted to work. After seeing all the wool out and easy to get to at Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch, I decided to keep my wool more accessible.
I asked Bill at the ranch if they had problems with moths. He said no but they also use natural deterrents such as peppermint oil to ensure that the moths will stay away. I will adopt that idea and keep my wool easier to get to.
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
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!!!
Saturday, April 30th, 2016, I will be holding a scarf felting workshop in my home in Salem Oregon. The time will be from 9am to 3pm, and will include a half hour break, in which a light lunch will be served.
Pictured are some examples of the types of scarves that can be made in this workshop. The maximum size for layout will be 9 feet long and 12″ wide, which results in a scarf that is approximately 8 feet long by 10″ wide. They can be made smaller, however, based on your preference.
My very large assortment of merino, and merino silk fiber blend, colors will be available for each of you, up to 5 ounces for each scarf (most that I make weigh 4 ounces), and in any color combination and as many colors as you like.
The cost of the workshop is $75 and these scarves are more beautiful, in my opinion, than similar fiber scarves found in the nicer stores for upwards of $200.00, because they are handmade and works of art rather than machine manufactured. These scarves reflect your tastes and color preferences, besides being a lot of fun (and a bit of work) to make.
The more the merrier (up to six attendees) as we visit and work together. The time will fly!
Please call or text me to reserve your place in the workshop.
Or, if you prefer, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org