Nuno felting is kinda awesome.

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I have been swimming in ideas for felting for the past few months but have been soooo busy working on my barn that I have not allowed myself time away from that project to make fiber art.  Consequently, when I have rainy days I go a bit crazy having fun with making beautiful textile things.

I warmed up my skills on Wednesday with a couple simple scarves.  One a neutral blend of creamy whites and earth tones, fancied up just a touch with a short fringe of natural wool locks.  The other a bold combination of bright red, grey, and black, with a touch of white tencil running through the grey.  I made the fringe uneven for a more interesting effect.

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On Thursday I wanted to try making a larger piece, a shawl, and incorporating some elements other than wool and silk fibers.  I used a vintage piece of lace table cloth that was not usable as it was with a stain and a hole, and I also found some silk material in my stash of silks that has a crinkle cloth texture to it which turned out very well and felted easily to the wool.

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Lastly, I finally dug out some of the sari’s I bought last year when I went on a sari buying spree for nuno felting, then got too busy to do anything with.  I have learned that not all sari’s are going to be good for felting because many are made of stiffer silk fabric, and have less texture for the tiny wool barbs to hook onto.  I did have several sari’s that would be good for felting, however, and I looked at the possibilities.  I chose a sari that was soft and lightweight and had a texture I thought would work, and had beautiful colors.  I felt like I was in total experiment mode, but I love the results.  Sometimes I don’t think it’s possible to ruin felting, though I can’t really say that, I’ve done it before!!

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One big mistake I made was microwaving the sari as I was in the process of felting it with the wool.  There is gold thread in the weave that was fine when it was very wet, but once the felting piece started to dry out, it burned a few little holes in the material, which I had to felt over to cover and hold together.

John showed up last night, a day early (he likes to surprise us) and we have been working on the barn all day today.  I was burned out on felting after two straight days of it anyway, so working outside in the fresh air is a good shift of energy.

Can you guess the theme of this scarf?



I'll bet you cannot guess! Ha ha.
For sale at $150. It will be going to The Art Center in Corvallis soon but you can buy it from me first if you want. Free shipping if you buy directly from me.

My Etsy Store Has Scarves Again!

Now that Christmas if over, I took a little time to get the photos of my latest scarf creations up on Etsy!  Yay!

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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!!!

I Love Reversibility!

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.

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Next the aqua, blue, mint, and green mini 4 way reversible scarf.

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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

It seems the more scarves I make, the more ideas I have for making scarves!

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.

My Etsy Shop is Up and Running! . . . Wait . . . Never mind, I just had to take everything off because I learned I cannot have items here and also at the Arts Center in Corvallis! But I did sell my first scarf there for $150. It was the winter colors one. Yay!!!

CLICK HERE FOR MY ETSY SHOP!

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The scarves I’ve been showing here are now on Etsy as well as at the Corvallis Art’s Center.  I can sell them less expensively online because Etsy does not take half like the Art’s Center does.  If you are interested, you can visit Etsy by clicking HERE.  The three scarves I made are priced at $95.00 on Etsy instead of $180.00.  More coming as I get them posted . . .

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!