Welcome to Felt Month on the Needlearts blog! Join us all month long for giveaways, tutorials, and all kinds of fantastic felt happenings. We’re kicking things off for you with a mini gallery of images from our beautiful new book, 500 Felt Objects. This volume is packed with amazing, diverse felt pieces and imagery made by established and emerging artists and designers from around the world. You can discover how felt is being embraced and showcased by the contemporary artistic community. We hope you enjoy this little taste of felt goodness!
Look at these fantastic hand knitted pieces by Toshiko Horiuchi Macadam!!!. It is in the "sculpture forest" at the Hokone Open-Air Museum in Japan. This huge brightly coloured net hangs in the middle of a wooden pavillion. Children can climb on top of the netting and swing on the knitted balls that hang underneath the structure. Promoted as, 'a fun way for kids to develop their sense of balance and appreciation of colours'- but also a hugely inspirational piece of knitting!!!!
As a crochet beginner, my hooking skills are very slow but I have been enjoying making these daisy chains- and after 320 daisies I can even manage it now without constantly looking at the pattern!! The pattern is from Lia Govers and is available at Ravelry
A sneak peek inside the soon to be released publication from Lark Books- '500 Felt Objects' available from September 6th 2011. My Red Bubble Scarf makes an appearance and I even managed a mention on the cover!! I am very excited to be included in this beautiful publication. There are some fantastic works featured from felt makers world wide- a really inspiring read!!
Here is my very happy curator in this week's local paper article on my exhibition. (Apologies for the photo quality!) You can read the article here.
It is open until July the 30th so still time for a look if you are in the area!!
My entry in this year's scarf festival- Red/orange/pink bubble scarf.
It was very tricky to take a non- blurry photo as all the scarves were constntly spinning around on bent LP records.
There was a lot of close inspection of the entries.
There are some beautiful works on display.
I'm not sure the records used for display did justice to some of the entries especially the fine and lace weight scarves, but there are some beautiful pieces and it is well worth a trip to Geelong during July to have a look.
My exhibition is now finally set up after my carefully selected branches disappeared, only to be discovered ' tidyed' into the compost heap by an over enthusiastic gardener!!
The exhibition runs from the 25th of June until the 30th of July 2011, so if you are in the western suburbs of Melbourne call in and have a look:
Hunt Club Community Arts Centre
775 Ballarat Rd Deer Park,
Hours: Mon. - Thurs. 9am -7:30pm (5:30pm during school holidays)
In a moment of insanity, I sent my entry without actually sending in my scarf-hopefully it arrived safely!! The judges are now hard at work and the festival opens on Friday 24 June at the National Wool Museum in Geelong and runs till 21 of August 2011.
I have finally cast off the last twist of my handknitted spiral scarf and I am hoping to try this technique of partial knitting on the knitting machine. Now the only question is- to felt or not to felt??
A very noisy flock of about 100 of these wild corellas spent the day in my back garden feasting on the neighbour's almonds and my unripe apples and then throwing them on to the ground. It was really spectacular, and my neighbour's attempts at looking scary and making noises to save his nuts were almost as entertaining as the antics of the birds!!
After 2 days of 40 degrees, my plans to finish hand knitting this twisted spiral scarf failed. It really is too hot to knit! I am hoping a weekend cool change will be enough inspiration to finish the last few spirals as it has been on the needles since last winter!.
I am a textile artist based in Melbourne Australia. In another life, I ran a florist shop "Rare Petals". Both crafts take some inspiration from ancient Japanese techniques- my flower shop concentrated on ikebana, and my current craft practice explores shibori, in particular on knitted felt. Please contact me for orders or commissions or just leave a comment- thank you for visiting.