Felt painting

Moy Mackay creates beautiful works of art using fleece, fiber and threads in her book “Art in Felt & Stitch”. It is filled with colorful felt paintings of still-life, animals and landscapes inspired by her home in the Scottish Borders. See how she uses various felt techniques to achieve her paintings.

Felt is one of the earliest fabrics and is older than weaving, spinning and knitting. The book itself is a work of art with the fiber colors jumping off the page in the numerous photographs. Four step by step projects are included with instructional pictures that are clear, detailed and inspiring and numerous. Also included are many examples of her finished pieces.

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Founders May Fair at New Pond Farm in review

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The 27th Founders Fair was a great success in celebrating spring and the new growing season. The sun was shining over the 102 acre property located at 101 Marchant Road West Redding, Connecticut 06896, 203-938-2117. There were little girls all dressed in pretty sundresses wearing crowns of May flowers in their hair. The boys were excited to see the animals and try their hand at all the activities.

Find out more about this wonderful day.

Knit Local

Tanis Gray“Knit Local” celebrates America’s homegrown yarn and is written by Tanis Gray. The book includes 30+ beautiful fashions, accessories and home décor projects to knit and crochet. The projects are made with yarns manufactured and sold in North America.

“Knit Local” is all about preserving the local mom and pop businesses, protecting our environment and caring for the livestock as humanely as possible. Also, it is knowing as much about your yarn, what sheep or farm it came from and ending up with a shawl, hat, sweater, cowl, socks…(patterns included in her book), to knit a connection with. More on sustainability and Tanis’s book

 

Felt your cat

Crafting with Cat Hair is written by Kaori Tsutaya and translated by Amy Hirschman. If you enjoy wet and/or needle felting and have a cat, this book is for you.

Is this extreme? No more extreme than knitting with sheep wool or musk ox. No more out of the box than crocheting with Angora rabbit fur or using soy and milk casein for weaving, or spinning your dog’s fur.   Continue reading: 

Pantone set the colors for spring

When Pantone splashes a color, people swatch.

Pantone's Orange

Spring 2012

 

Whether you are a fashion designer in New York or a fiber artist in New Haven, you take the time to know the color trends. This spring, the color of the season is Tangerine Orange. It is out there and getting noticed. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®, says the pick of colors for spring 2012 convey energy, optimism and the promise of a brighter day. Here’s more

Clutch – this Spring’s must have

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Clutch, handbag, hand held purse, wristlet, pocketbook whatever you call it, we can’t leave home without it. I don’t know if a clutch would fall under the heading of an accessory. More like necessity. This Spring you will see them everywhere. Especially since the fashion trend is knitted bags…more

This might be the perfect time to take up knitting. The projects are small and don’t require much yarn.

Knitting Daily TV was not picked up for this season

What to do about it…Knitters need to step up to the plate and write an email to audiencecare@cptv.org. Contact Connecticut Public TV and let them know you would like them to put Knitting Daily back on television. They have dropped this show from their schedule after many years… more

The modern quilt wrap in the photograph is a free pattern from Interweave.