I was browsing for needle felting one day when I stumbled across the fabulous art of Zoe Williams.
Zoe creates works of art with needle felting. I find her work incredible, amazing and truly wonderful. I would love the chance to see it up close.
Seawall by Zoe Williams
Gold Rhino by Zoe Williams
Saola by Zoe Williams
I want you to see more of Zoe’s work and the best place to do that is through her website or her blog - its all fascinating and well worth taking some time to ponder.
Let me know what you think about the rabbits! Oh my! <3
Today, I thought you may like to see what goes on to make my pincushions.
Every now & then, I sit down to my big kitchen table with my pile of felt and go nuts preparing pincushions for sewing.
I have my popular designs that I make reglarly, but I also always have ideas kicking around I need to try too. Today was a day for both types of preparation. I am out of peacocks (my biggest seller), I have a creative challenge to meet for an etsy team I belong to, and I want to upsize a couple of mini pincushions I’ve made recently. This is the extent of my written plans for this session. Not much eh? LOL A slack prep day today!
And so on to cutting!
I cut my felt a few different ways. I do die cut a couple of things – like my big circles, and use the rotary cutter for the sides, but most other things are cut with good old scissors freehand, making it up as I go.
If a design turns out to be popular, I will sometimes make a pattern to make it a little less fiddly and time consuming when it comes to preparation.
Once all the cutting is done, its on to embroidery thread selection and then the prep is all done. 8 pincushions ready to be made!
Now its on to the fun part – the sewing! I’ll show you once they are all done.
Shameless self promotion today. I am a bit tired of looking at some of my older stock, so I am having a little sale over the next couple of days via my Facebook Page.
The sale will kick off at 8pm tonight my time – Australian Eastern Standard Summer Time. All you have to do is check out the photo album called Sale Time – 16th – 18th March 2012. I’ll have all the details there by 8pm on how to purchase your pick
Here’s a peak of some that will be available.
Hope you can spare a minute over the weekend to have a peak Thanks folks
Wow – I am in love with this etsy shop. I have mentioned before my love of botanical art. When I saw this shop, my heart skipped a beat & I wanted to buy everything! I controlled myself though and I have put something from this shop at the top of my list if anyone asks me what I want in future.
Artwares by Yevgenia
Hand Painted Ceramic Tea Set - Grass Fields Collection
Small Round Ceramic Jewelry Box - Red Succulent Plant
Ceramic Eco-Friendly Travel Mug - Cyclamen, Botanical Collection
Custom Painted with Any Botanical Design - White Ceramic Noodle Bowl
Isn’t it all just so beautiful?
Stages. I go through them. Some last years (current pincushion obsession) others last months.
One about 9 years ago that lasted about 6 months was my drawing stage. For my birthday I received a gift voucher for an art supplies shop. I love art supplies. I love the potential of all the lovely colours, pencils, charcoal, chalks, paper. I love looking at it all, but had never before been game to have a go. I had not drawn since school and never classed myself as a drawer – I still don’t. I think it is something anyone can do, but to be called an illustrator or artist you need that special talent that takes your work above and beyond the everyday.
Anyway, I bought myself some lovely paper, pencils & charcoals and had some fun doodling. My kids recently found my efforts and while they are all very amatuerish and doodley, I am still quite happy with some of them so I thought I would share some with you.
I was going to explain each, but I think I’ll let you take what you will from them. I will say the last one is my favourite. Hope you enjoy