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October workshops at Accent Sewing

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

WOW, It has been almost a year since my last post.  It is hard to tear myself away from my felting fun to take time to write!

In October I taught  2  new needle felting classes at Accent Sewing in SC.

 The first day I taught a beautiful needle felted beachscape  to a wonderful group of ladies.   I think they all had a great time looking through  the piles  fibers I brought to work with.   I brought along  Merino wool, merino curls and locks, Angelina fiber, silk carrier rods, firestar for shine, yak fiber, llama wool, yarns, romney fibers, shells and more. 

After showing how I use the fibers and my techniques, the group came up to choose their own fibers to work with.  I enjoy  having each person create the image that they envision.   Once completing the base project, some added their own special touches, of palm trees, sail boats, bushes and more beach scenery.

As I told the class, I love needle felting so much, that some of the time (most all of the time)¬† I get carried away.¬†¬†When I am teaching, I ¬†not only show how to make the current project, but I go way beyond and have to tell every little secret and wonderful new item I have found that felts.¬†¬† We have a great time.¬† The first photo is the class sample, followed by some of the ladies in class.¬† This class I enjoyed working with Karen, Carol, Lillie, Ray, Jacque and Diane.¬†¬† Great work! ¬†Some little extras added in here and there.¬† absolutely beautiful.¬† Not to mention, one person totally new to using an Embellisher.¬† Once you get the knack of keeping that foot down and moving your work a¬†moderately slow ¬†pace, it’s¬†easy.¬† ¬†Please send me a photo of your finished projects once you have them completed.¬†¬†¬†

My second workshop was Double Clutching.  Making 2 different clutch handbags.  These bags were made with a wool base and merino wool.   The top layers consisted either of Sari Silk ribbons, or Sari Silk threads.  For the closures I brought crocheted rounds for buttons, felt balls and shell buttons. 

Another fabulous group of needle felters working with all the ribbons and fibers.¬† I enjoyed working with Helen, Angelique, Joyce, Pam, Jacque and Diane.¬† Each person had a different direction in designing their bag.¬† Once again,¬†2 ladies¬†totally new to felting.¬† Great job!¬† Remember you can reach me at countrypastimes@aol.com if you have any questions.¬†¬† I’m here to help.

I always enjoy the wonderful ladies attending my workshops at Accent Sewing.  Some have taken almost every class I have had there in the past several  years and some totally new to using a Babylock Embellisher.  It is such a thrill to  bring new felters  into the wonderful world of Machine Needle Felting.   I am so pleased to have such a fabulous group of felting buddies, and the group continues to grow.   Thanks to all.

I’ll be back early next year with more projects and¬† more ideas to share.

¬†This time I¬†will be¬†bringing¬† a wonderful new felted cloche style hat class.¬† Hats are a must for those cold, breezy¬†winter months.¬† I’ll have heavy and lighter weight hats for the warmer temps.¬† ¬†I’ll be sure to have several different styles on display.¬†

Until next time……………….Be Happy.

More Class Photos November 09

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Here are a few photos from recent classes.

The first are from the Angels All Around.

Angel DollDoll Class 09

 

 

 

Beautiful Angel 09Angel Doll 09      This doll class is great fun.  So many embellishing ideas to make each Angel doll unique.  Good work ladies. 

The next is a photo of some of the beautiful new journals made in class.  One journal cover is made of a variety of luxurious fabrics that were needle felted, and the other journal cover was needle felted using a variety of  fibers, including beautiful silk hankies.  All finished with handdyed and handspun yarns.  Absolutely beautiful.  I had a great time with the journals. They are so addictive.  A wonderful canvas to try new ideas in a small form.Maxi Journals

November Classes

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

I’m back.¬† I have some wonderful new classes¬†I’m teaching ¬†this November at Accent Sewing, in Murrells Inlet, SC.¬† For¬†all of you who love¬†making needle felted flowers,¬†¬†here ¬†is my new¬†Poinsettia Wreath.¬†¬† It would look great on a front door, or anywhere.¬† ¬†It is made by needle felting loads of fabulous fabrics to create the petals and leaves, then¬†3D Effects are added, along with lots of sparkle.¬† I think you’ll love making this one.¬† Especially if you are a person who loves color and textures.¬† But who doesn’t!

Poinsettia Wreath

Another great project is the Book of Secrets.¬† I’ll have two choices for you to choose from.¬†¬†First is a¬†White-on-White cover mostly felted with silk,velvet, and satin.¬† You may choose to¬†do your felting¬†with all fibers.¬† I have wonderful fall colored wool fibers¬†that felt so easily.¬†¬† To complete our projects, we will add handspun yarns, beads, embroidery stitching, and more to make them even more fabulous.¬† This would make a great ¬†notebook for the college crowd, a new bride,¬†or your¬†best friend.¬†¬† Easy to create, yet it looks very time consuming.¬†(That will be our secret.)¬† Before long, you will be designing one to fit each personality on your list.¬†

 Felted Book of Secrets

Felted Book of Secrets

Also, we can’t forget this cute little doll – Angels All Around.¬† This is a very easy doll to create and embellish to your hearts desire with laces, trims, beads and fibers.¬† I’ll share¬†several techniques for creating hair and some great new wing ideas.¬† Most supplies for her are provided in this class.¬†

Angels All Around

If you have any questions about these or any other classes, please email me at CountryPastimes@aol.com 

I have some wonderful photos of recent student work to share with you next time.

Part 2 Class Photos (See previous post)

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

Here are a few more photos of the Tiger Lily class.

JackieEve and Bev

 

 

 

 

 

TigerLily Marlene

 

 

 

 

 

DianeMaxi's preview

July Classes at the Beach in SC

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

I’m back from teaching for another¬†fun filled¬†week in Murrels Inlet, SC.¬† ¬† I can’t say enough good things about all the students I have had this week. ¬†I enjoyed seeing many of my past students and had the pleasure of meeting¬†several new ladies.¬† ¬†I think they have been bitten by the needle felting bug.¬† I don’t blame them.¬† I’m hooked as well!

In my Cat Dancer class I enjoyed teaching a young lady, new to dollmaking.  She did a wonderful job, worked so hard, and left with a completed project.  All I can say is WOW.  Great Job!   

The kitty claws came out among the others trying to see just who could be teachers pet.   =-)    I think it was a 3 way tie.  (You know who you are.)  So many laughs and so much fun.  This class begins with a little sewing, then hand painting, then sewing, stuffing, more sewing, more stuffing, and finally embellishing and making their own style of hair Lots of hard work, but well worth all their efforts to create their own Cat Doll.   A memorable day for us all.  We had a great time. Peg SewingTeacher's Pet ??Wow look at this one!

Marlene's beautyCats

This week we also made some machine needle felted Clutch bags.¬† I am very proud of all these ladies.¬† Beautiful work.¬† Just a few more stitches, and they are ready to go out on the town.¬†¬†¬† Very stylish………..

Debbie Alicia and MarleneJackie

 

 

 

 

 

Felted Handbags 004Diane's hard at work.

Finishing off the week with the Tiger Lily class.  The ladies each choose a main color of fabric for their lilies.  Then added additional fabrics from a mound of silks, velvets, satins, sheers, and more.   Add in some  fibers and the fun begins.  They made the most beautiful flowers you have ever seen. 

I am to eager to see all the Tiger Lily wall hangings once they have all their finishing touches.  Beautiful!

MaxiShirley

Underwater Journal Covers

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Here are a few more journal covers made by Pat.  She took my journal cover class a few months ago and has made just a few more.  She has added a few shells and other sealife for some wonderful dimension.  Thanks for sharing you wonderful creations.

Journalcover

Journalcover2

Beautiful Hollyhocks

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

I am so proud of the students in my Hollyhocks class.  I have photos of some of their completed projects.  Hollyhocks is a machine needle felted project, including lots of extras.  It is beaded, felted from both sides, and has a nifty  way to do your flower cutting.  (If you were in one of my classes, you know the secret.)  Great job on those borders and your finishing touches.

I couldn’t be more proud of these floral arrangements, they are fabulous, and even better, they are Finished!¬† Absolutely great work ladies!¬† If you are still working on yours, it’s not too late.¬† Send me a photo of this or any felting or doll project you have finished.¬† I love to see completed projects!

Here are ¬†Bev’s¬†and Diane’s

Bev's HollyhocksDiane's Hollyhocks