Thursday, 29 May 2014

Dangling Field Mouse, Wool Painting

 I've got a bit of a 'thing' for field mice at the moment. This is my latest finished piece of felted artwork.
 This little chap is dangling precariously...
above the poppies.
I'll be exhibiting at Art in the Pen in Carlisle on 28th and 29th June. This is the first at Carlise although it is in it's ninth year at Skipton, which is in August (I'll be there too). 

There is a preview evening on Friday 27th by invitation only, so if you would like to attend the preview evening, email me at and I'll  be happy to post you an invitation. Otherwise please feel free to come along on Saturday and Sunday; there'll be over 100 selected artists who'll transform sheep and cow pens into mini galleries to sell their original works of art.

Till next time
love Fi x

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Mayday Fair in Kettlewell.

Heads up everyone!
Wonderful Man and I had a super day at the Kettlewell May day Festival. The tag line for the festival was 'Made in't Dale, Festival of Wool and Ale'
And that's just what there was, lots of it too! 
Come and take a look.
 We were up early on Monday morning with a car packed full of felty goodness.
 Our short journey took us through Bishopdale into Wharfdale.
 We arrived in the little village of Kettlewell (of Calendar Girls fame) spot on 8am ready to set up our stall. You couldn't ask for a more picturesque setting!
 Here we are in the corner all set up and ready for the day, lets take a closer look...
I can see a bit of photo bombing going on! Mr Marmalade thought I wouldn't notice! 
We had notebooks, hand felted embroidered cards, little fat owls, 2 types of felt brooches, printed greetings cards of my felty creations, the last felt handbag, tea cosy and kitten kits, art prints of my field mouse and 3 brand new original felt artworks. I'd been a very busy girl over the last couple of weeks I can tell you. lol. Anyway that's enough about us, lets take a look at some of the other lovely stalls.
 Okay, not a stall but who could resist these very fluffy bunnies...awe!
 And of course we couldn't have woolly goings on without the lovely Lucy of Attic 24 and her friends being there to promote Yarndale 2014! We had a nice little catch up in the sunshine and I bought myself a very capatious Yarndale bag. It's huge!
 Looking lovely as always, Edie Pebbles stall, full of gorgeous girly bits and bobs.
Hooked by Design, rug hooking.
 I'm afraid I don't know who's this is as I was snapping while everyone was setting up before the event opened.
 A very smiley stall holder with more rug hooking.
 Even more felted bits and bobs.
 The most gorgeous woven wools from Laura's Loom.
 This one speaks for itself really.
This is my was my neighbour Yvonne's stall, with beautiful felt scarves.
 Gorgeous machine embroidered cushions.
 And last but not least our other lovely neighbours, Lorraine and her sister Deborah with yummy silver and polymer clay jewellery. It was their first craft fair so I hope it didn't put them off being next to me all day, lol!
 Well, the sun shone and the people came. There was live music playing, a fashion show in the village church and a local art exhibition in village hall.
 There were pies and cheeses, hog roasts and cakes...
 Spinning, weaving and gun dog demonstrations. There were even 4 week old puppies to see! We know this because all our craft tents emptied when the announcement came that there were puppies in the demonstration ring, lol! Who can resist a puppy!
 The beer tent was also very popular or so I believe...we didn't get chance to participate as we were so busy chatting to lovely customers. 
 My little felt robin picture flew off to a new home with two lovely ladies within the first hour.
And we hand delivered the hare to his lovely new owner on our way home. He'll be living in the most beautiful old farmhouse a little further up the Dale.
But all good things must come to an end. At 5 o'clock we started to pack away as the live music played and the beer flowed on.
 We left Kettlewell feeling tired but happy.
 The weather had behaved itself beautifully.

And we collapsed on the kitchen sofa and had a much needed cup of tea. 
Our next felty foray will be on June 28th and 29th at 
I better get some felt on the go!
Love Fi x
Edited to add... Liniecat, the hare's eye is not glass it is all wool! Thank you for your lovely comments ladies x

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Festival of Wool and Ale!

Just a quickie to say I'll be in Kettlewell tomorrow with my felty goodies at the 
So if you're up North and fancy a day out tomorrow, Bank Holiday Monday come along and say hello. There will be plenty going on, live music, fashion show, craft fair, hog roast, BBQ, craft demonstrations, beer festival and oodles more.

See you there then!
Love Fi x