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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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.

Decorate for Thanksgiving 2011

Yarncraft for Thanksgiving    

Your guests will  be welcomed into your house with a fall leaf wreath for your door from Lion brand or maybe some Indian corn from Create! Invite them in and protect your furniture during cocktails with these simple yet classy crochet felted leaf coasters.

Crochet felted leaves sewn together will make a nice felted runner for your Thanksgiving table. Spread of these festive, quick and easy acorns that your children can help you make. If you aren’t a member of Lion Brand patterns, take a moment and sign up.

The purlbee has felted Thanksgiving Oven Mitts that would make a wonderful hostess gift. If you are having dinner at your house and you don’t receive them, change up the colors and make them for yourself in blue and white for Chanukah or green and red for Christmas.

Linda Permann decorates her table with these festive crochet autumn leaves.
Here is an adorable knitting card for you to make and send by Hot Tea Apparel.

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Fun facts: Minnesota is the top turkey produce in the USA. Cranberries and turkeys are both native to the Americas. The Wampanoag Indians helped host the first Thanksgiving. It was in 1941 that Congress proclaimed the fourth Thursday in November would be Thanksgiving.

The Jive Turkey hats in the photograph are perfect for a baby’s first Thanksgiving. Going Crafty has a pattern for it.

Penny rugs

Penny rugs are felted flat round wool scraps made into coverlets, wall hangings and tablemats. Penny rugs date back to the civil war era. The name “penny” comes into play as coins were used as templates for the circles.

The felt wool circles were cut into three sizes and sewn together concentrically. Penny rug needlecraft recycles woolen clothing and old sweaters.

If you want to give it a try…you can learn to make a penny rug here.

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