Listen to the road

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Old colors

My PC gave up after 8+ years of loyal service so we've been running around finding the laptop that is now on my desk. Hadn't budgeted for this but that's life. While it was down I continued dying some of the linens/trim with color combinations hinting at the shadowy colors old stuff takes on while resting in a drawer over the years.
I like the way they look as a crazy quilt. Making this into a bag. This will be the front flap.
Happy New year!

Friday, December 23, 2011

What I've learned about felting

-Thrift stores are the best sources for wool sweaters. 
-Wool blends will felt if the blend is at least 85% wool.
-Remove seams, tags, zippers, buttons and cuffs away for flat, non distorted felt.
-Wash like colors in hot water with a high agitation cycle.
-I dry as well with heat for more dense felt.
-Small dogs make motivated supervisors of pre felting sorting.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Creative momentum

I won't be posting every day's collage. Making one every morning is a great way to begin the decision making, eye-hand, creative process.
After finishing a quick collage my hands and mind are working together once more with trust.
I can clearly hear the wee voice in my mind asking 'what if'...

It rained all day yesterday as I sat at the machine with a box of felted wool and worked a different kind of
collage. These three hats go off to my shop this morning.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Collage 3 Watching the Ships

Watching the ships...a recurring dream. Air ships and water ships move in huge convoys
 at night along the James River. They fly and sail out to the Chesapeake Bay and then to the ocean.
I watch behind overhanging branches, standing at the shoreline with fish swimming around my feet. 

Monday, December 19, 2011

Collage a day

I was reading Cathy Cullis' blog this morning and she wrote about committing to making one 'something'
daily. I followed her daily head sculpting last year with fascination.  Each head was a different personality, each had a back story plain to see. If I was learning so much by following along then she must have been learning so much more by making them.

This as a kind of daily meditation on making, a trust that ideas will come. This morning I began my collage a day habit and will post a few here and there. Good kick start in my sunny, clean workroom.