Wednesday, May 11, 2016

New needle felted animals and birds!




Meet Pete the Pigeon...
After watching a pigeon stealing the seeds from bird feeder in my garden the other day I noticed that the garden variety were a lot more handsome than the rather ugly city type!

I named him Pete and imagined what life he lead, swooping from one garden to another, wondering if he ever visited fellow pigeons further down the road in the city!

So Pete needed to be made and I thoroughly enjoyed each process.



Talking of process, I do find it useful to record the stages when creating a needle felted item whether its sketching an idea or researching through pictures on the internet.




Ive got plans for these bears which at the moment are still in the early stages but the characters evolved as soon as I started adding the details to their faces.


By adding a few extra refinements such as accessories they have really become their own little souls....



..so please let me introduce Bruce and Fergus!

Bruce and Fergus along with Pete the Pigeon and all my other needle felted animals are in an exhibition as part of the Brighton May Open Houses.

Please pop along, say hello and if you come this Sunday 15th May at 5.30pm I will be hosting a short  talk and demonstration about needle felting.

13 artists at 202
202 Ditching Road
Brighton
BN1 6JE


Friday, April 08, 2016

Spring blossom - DIY project


If like me you can't wait for the Spring blossom, why not make your own and have a bit of fun at the same time.

This project is such a simple one that if you lack any sewing skills you can't go wrong.
Ideal little embellishments that can be added to outfits and hair slides, anything you can think of!

You Will Need
Scolloped velvet ribbon
Matching thread and needle
Pearlised beads


Cut a length of ribbon that has 5 full scollops and a half either end.



Tie a knot at the end of the thread and sew a simple running stick along the straight edge.



Pull the thread to form a flower and tack through to the back to hold into position, then sew on a bead to the front and tie off at the back, simple!





Choose some branches from the garden that are just coming into bud, I've cut some beautiful Hazel from my garden, then attach the little flowers with glue.
Instant blossom!





I obviously had a bit more fun, one of which was making a small stop motion film, enjoy!





Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Needle Felting 3D Animal workshops - back by huge demand!

Just a quick post to say that a new date for the very popular animal needle felting workshop has been secured at Upper Lodge!



Pleas book early as places are limited to 12!

My first Youtube video!


After years of writing tutorials for Making Magazine and also teaching the craft of needle felting, I thought it was time to create a video!




So sit back and enjoy this speedy time lapse film of how to create a needle felted floral Easter egg!





If you enjoyed that short film and fancy having a go, I have just put a few easy Easter Bunny needle felting kits in my Easy shop, a great way to get started!







Monday, February 08, 2016

Travels with my father




When memories are crucial as you find that you are loosing them, when moments with your loved ones are getting rare as you see them deteriorate before you.....




...you listen, you share, you enjoy and hold on to them!


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