Hosted a Felting Workshop Today!

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I hosted a one on one workshop with a great artistic lady named Elly from Corvallis.  She made one very fluffy colorful scarf plus a smaller neck warmer scarf.  Here are photos of the large scarf as it is drying on the rack.  I taught Elly my method of felting which is much faster than the rolling on the noodle method.  MUCH faster!

We had fun and she says she will probably come to another workshop and make more felted items.

If my readers are interested in learning to felt, or just want a place to felt where there is instruction and lots of supplies (merino wool in all colors, silk fiber, wool locks, and more) for your project, please call me at 407-766-2588 or email me at micheleballantynedesigns@gmail.com and we will schedule a workshop for you.  I can have up to four participants at my workshops.  Workshops are 6 hours for $100, or 3 hours for $50.  In a 6 hour workshop a more complicated item can be made, like the scarf in the photo Elly made using locks of wool as a fringe and decoration, and possibly a second simpler item like a smaller neck warmer scarf.  In a 3 hour workshop a less complicated scarf or other item can be made.  You may notice that each side of the larger scarf Elly made is different.  The scarves you make at my workshops can be made to be reversible.

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The flip side of the scarf.
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After the wet felting, Elly applies a little needle felting on some stubborn fibers!

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.

The Learning Curve Strikes Again

It turns out I am not supposed to have things featured on Etsy which are already in a store. I can rotate things out of the store and onto Etsy, but not have them in both places at once.  Also, the appropriate etiquette is to price things similarly on my Etsy store as they are priced in the retail stores so as not to undercut the retailers carrying my goods.  That makes sense I suppose.  There is more work to putting things on Etsy too, rather than just handing them to my sis to set up in her store.  So there is some time involved that I would get paid for this way.

I still have workshops, though, where people can learn to make their own custom made scarves for a very reasonable fee, so that’s great; or even come over and together we will custom make something for the cost of a workshop.  That would be fun too.  There are lots of ways to make things work!  I do have a workshop coming up on December 8th, from 11am to 6pm, which has an opening if someone would like to register for it.  Email me at micheleballantynedesigns@gmail.com to register.

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So this is the only item I have on Etsy right now, because it is not in the store yet.  It will be soon, though, if someone doesn’t buy it from me first, either through Etsy, or directly if you live here and know me.

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 . . .