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.

 

So Excited About Silk!

As I study other fiber artist’s work online, I have noticed how some of them use patterned sections in their scarves and I wondered how they got those effects.  Knowing they use silk and merino as I do, I realized they must be using printed silk.  I went online and found beautiful old sari’s for sale, so I picked out my favorites (pictured above) and ordered them!  I also saw some gorgeous iridescent silks in solid colors and ordered some of those too.  I am very excited about incorporating these exquisite colors and patterns into my scarf designs!

I have some silk already, for my scarf designs and for use in the workshops, but in the very near future I will have even more!

Finally . . . My First Felting Workshop in Oregon!

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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.
407-766-2588
Or, if you prefer, you can email me at micheleballantynedesigns@gmail.com