First of all… a belated Happy New Year to you! Eleven days in already!? I’ve started several blog posts this year, sadly none titled “The Art of Finishing”. Before I let another day go by, I need to let the Nashville locals know that my work is currently on exhibit at the Green Hills Library […]
It looks simple, and it is… except for the complicated parts. Make two-toned prefelt. Insert tiny glass marbles & secure with rubber bands. Needle-felt over base. Wet-felt. Needle-felt openings over marbles. Pop marbles out. Wet-felt again. Needle-felt again. See… nothing to it! 😉 *For reference, the marbles are 1/2″ diameter.
Feature Interview on Felter Skelter Zoe Williams asks me the tough questions and she doesn’t back down! 😉 How did I come to needle-felting? What do I love about the medium? What do I hate about it? What advice would I give folks starting out? Ok, it’s a very nice spread with lots of pictures […]
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** Thanks to all the Pinterest users for making this the most popular post on my blog! If you love it, please repin it! Want more tutorials? Let me know what you want to learn! I regularly find myself on the look-out for items that can be used in the studio, that aren’t necessarily intended […]
I’ve been horrible about posting here regularly, when it’s so much easier to post directly to Facebook or Instagram or Twitter. Sorry about that! Here are a few of the photos from this current work-in-progress: wool, glass, sea-urchin spines! The piece is mostly finished, although I’m waiting on the fabric stiffener to set before taking […]
I’m slowly working my way out of a major creative slump, so I’ll share this recent victory as my last post of 2012. Happy Holidays to all!
I’m playing around with making more complex forms in wool. While the addition of “spikes” and “balls” on pieces can be fun, I’m interested in developing a wider range of sculptural techniques to get the shapes I’m after. Resists are used in wet-felting for making bowls, vessel, slippers, purses, gloves and the like. The more […]
I’m not sure what it is about felters, but they certainly tend to like seed pods, and I am no exception. Even as a youngster, I was fascinated by the shapes, textures, size and complexity of the seeds I could find in my own backyard. Even now, I have a pretty interesting array of seeds […]
Octopus-lily lamp (on). Wool, lamp kit. 16″ x 10.5″ x 10.5″. Shana Kohnstamm ©2012 While I haven’t been working on this lighted felt piece for too long, it’s a relief to finish it. I’ve said it before but every time I wet felt, it feels wrong. EVERY time. I played around with resist between […]