Armed and ready for the next workshop! I am so excited about my new tools, they work brilliantly on the doorstops and on the hares. I know I have been praising these quality tools for some time and finally decided to invest in them for the workshops. Look out sheep, we are seriously armed now!!
March certainly has been mad about hares!
Pictured left is one made at this months workshop by Sally, it was a long day for the students some had travelled quite some distance up to Quirky workshops, the weather wasn't favourable but thankfully everyone got home safely through the snow . The next hare workshop with available spaces is on Sunday 9th September, Diary 2018
The hares have also been in demand in shops & galleries this month so more stock is now being created.
On a trip this week to Santon bridge Craft shop we had to stop the car, luckily Richard had his camera and captured these wonderful Cotswold sheep (please correct me if I got the breed wrong).
We do like to get out for our daily walks, it's good to stretch your legs after sitting felting then you feel like carrying on with your work feeling refreshed, inspiration often comes from these walks, Richard spotted a tree creeper , then on another walk along the old wagon road leading out of town, we spotted a couple of ravens nest building, what an unusual sound they make, they looked quite impressive with the backdrop of the cliffs.
After dropping off "Alec" & "Bracken" , the two new hares at Viridian Gallery in Keswick we had a walk on a cold and windy Sale fell on the way back home. We were also lucky enough to see a Stoat in it's pure white Winter coat !
Oodles of wools in yummy colours!
Making up my kits, the wools above are for the Woodland Wuzels, lots of rusts and earthy colours too but I got a little carried away with my favourite, purples. I also have natural plant dyed locks, mixed in with the lovely purple/pinks.
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Masham earlier this month for the Open day, meeting lots of crafty folks and having the opportunity to talk to artists about their work, so much talent. I'm afraid I didn't take pictures, too busy chatting! A trip away is good to recharge the batteries, we also took the opportunity to visit our daughter and son in law, the soon to be new parents, this summer is going to be very exciting as we will be new grandparents!!
Another project that has kept me busy this month is Paddington & Wellington, a commission, I don't do many commissions due to time, but I did enjoy this one very much.
Artison Open Day
Masham, February 11th is Open Day. I am lucky enough to be travelling to this beautiful area and meeting lots of crafty folks. I believe there will be lots of tutors, creative things to see and buy too. If you are able to go please come and say hello, it would be lovely to meet you.
An impressive parliament gathered on Saturday at Sooz in the Shed. Many feathery creations were made at my first workshop of 2018. The group did exceptionally well needle felting their individual owls. Pictured above are all the owls with some of the ladies, others are kneeling to prop up their owls in order to gather them together for the photos.
Pre class we sometimes have a little warm up stabbing out a felt picture or a 3D shape. I seem to have collected quite a few samples of work left, pictured above are some of the first attempts at needle felting, i think they are wonderful! Does anyone recognise theirs!
Next workshop... Mad March Hares !! See you at Quirky !!
Deliveries are under way for Christmas. It is a very busy time here at Handfelted but we are finally getting our stock in the shops and galleries! The reindeer are due in Viridian Gallery, Keswick tomorrow, this year they are much larger, last years reindeer were quite popular at Viridian. Hares will follow soon.
Santon Bridge craft shop and tea rooms have also taken delivery of snowmen, robins, santa and our new range of felted soaps which we are excited about, handmade soaps scented with Jasmine & Ylang, Lavender essential oils, Sea Breeze also unscented for those who are sensitive to fragrance, the soaps are then felted in soft merino and gift boxed.
Gallery 2 in Windermere have felted owls in stock but shall also have some hares hopping down there very soon!
The last workshop of this year is this coming Friday at Quirky workshop in Greystoke. We are making hares and I look forward to meeting the group for a busy felting day. Places are available for classes next year, please go to my workshop diary page for dates if you are interested.
I do appreciate it when your creations are shared and I thought it would be nice to start sharing on this page. The first picture is from Marion, who attended one of my hare workshops then made this lovely hare at home . The Wuzels were made by Linda from one of my kits bought from my online shop, I think they are fab!
If you have any pictures of Handfelted Creations and would like to send them to me I'd love to share them here.
Another doorstop class at Quirky workshops went well, the group were a chatty happy group and made a great job of their sheep as you can see below. This weekend brings another group together at Greystoke to make hares. The hare class which was introduced this year has been booked up so next year we will be holding more classes.
My herdwick cushions are back, I have been wanting to make more and have made a slight change to my design.