Tuesday 9 December 2014

The Cat and the Comet Ta-Daa!

A beautiful summer meadow on a warm heady evening. The stars are twinkling and the grasses are dancing in the breeze but can you spot the cat and the comet?

 My brief was for vibrant flowers, sparkly stars, a comet and a cat partially hidden. 

As you can see the only place I could find that was light enough and large enough to photograph this 6 foot long wall hanging, was outside on the garden gate. 

A close up of the cat, looking up at the comet.

And starting at the left hand side...
 to the middle...
and finishing on the right.
 And now just some gratuitous texture shots!

The whole piece is made from wet felted Merino wool and then embellished with free motion machine embroidery and finished with a little hand embroidery. 
Hopefully next time I might be able to show you it hanging in its new home!

Till then
Love Fi x

Monday 22 September 2014

Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage.

 Hello my lovelies! Say hello to Mr Hare. 
Now say goodbye, we won't be seeing him again as he has hopped off to a loving new home. 
 He was one of a handful of pieces that came with me to the Festival of Arts and Heritage in Staithes just over a week ago.

 What a fabulous event! For one whole weekend about 80 artists turned kitchens, front rooms, garages and even bedrooms into pop up galleries in the pretty little fishing village of Staithes. There were pop up cafes too along with music, film shows, demonstrations, walks, talks and all manner of entertainment. Here's a very tiny taste as I only had time for a quick speed walk around before it got busy on Saturday morning!

 This was our little gallery for the weekend in a pretty little cottage on the High Street.
 We had lots of lovely visitors, the whole place had a lovely atmosphere.
 One of our visitors owns this charming little place...
 The Tea Shop in Staithes...
They also now own my little felted picture too! Delightful!
I just like to say thank you to every one who visited us over the weekend. Wonderful Man and I thoroughly enjoyed chatting to you all. I'd had such a lovely time and my work received so many compliments that I had a little happy cry on Sunday... I just couldn't help myself. Thank you to everyone who made our weekend so special. 
Oh and the Hare in Poppies... he's hopped off to new home too!

I shall look forward to seeing you all at Yarndale this weekend, if I remember correctly I shall be on stand 26 looking a tad frazzled and a bit frayed around the edges (it's been a very busy year) but very happy to see you all and chatter about all things 'felty'.

Don't forget to bring lots of pocket money ;)
See you at the weekend
love Fi x

Saturday 30 August 2014

Art in the Pen.

 Hello! I'm playing catch up again! 
This was my stand at Art in the Pen at Skipton a couple of weeks ago. 
 Over 130 artists transformed animal pens into mini art galleries for the weekend. 
 As you can see I didn't have a lot of work but it was enough to fill the pen and all of it made new since the previous Art in the Pen at Carlisle. That's why blog posts have been thin on the ground recently.
 Wonderful Man and I had a fabby weekend. You meet such lovely people at these events, it always does me the world of good as it's the only way I get to see peoples reactions to my work. Other than doing these fairs I'd just be shut in the kitchen felting all day with Wonderful Man cracking the whip! Only joking.
 I tried to take a few pictures for you before it got too busy.
 Handsome isn't he? Posing on his chair. Yep, that's Wonderful Man holding the fort while I had a little wander. Have you noted the lovely crochet bag that nice lady is sporting, she made it herself. See I told you, I always meet lovely people. Well she crochets so she must be lovely!
 I'm sorry I can no longer remember who's stands these were so you'll just have to enjoy anonymous art works. The brochure is still available to download on the Art in the Pen website if you see anything you like. 
 I didn't manage to get around the whole 130 stands!
But this gives you a little taste of the variety of art work available.

And at the end of a very successful weekend, the long and winding road home.
And I'd just like to say thank you to my lovely customers who bought my art work. I know each of you absolutely loved the pieces you chose and I know you'll enjoy looking at them every day, which makes it easier for me to part with them...and to the lovely lady who bought the Hare in Daisies. If I could have done, I would have kept him as he's still my favourite and as far as I'm concerned my best piece to date but I know you love him as much as I did. Thank you ;) 

Tuesday 12 August 2014

Another Furry Felted Friend.

Another furry felted friend.
Sorry for the short blog posts but I'm trying not to get too behind with showing you what I've been working on and I've been working really hard this year! 
This one is another large piece about 33 inches square. He's wet felted with a small amount of free motion machine embroidery just on the leaves in the foreground. He'll be coming with me to Art in the Pen at Skipton Auction Mart this weekend. 
Sorry must dash! There are things waiting to be embroidered!

Till next time
love Fi x

Friday 8 August 2014

Hare in Daisies

Here he is finished at last. 

This is one of my large felt pieces measuring about 32 inches square. That's quite a lot of felt to stuff under the sewing machine but I just roll it up and hope for the best, lol.
He's made from Merino wool which has been wet felted and then free motion machine embroidered. I'll be taking him to Art in the Pen at Skipton on Sat 16th and Sun 17th August along with a few other felty friends I've been making. 

Maybe I'll see you there, it'll be a great weekend with a hundred and thirty artists transforming animal pens into mini art galleries including painting, ceramics, jewellery, sculpture, wood carving and of course textiles so don't forget your purse

There's plenty of free parking and lots to see. 

Don't forget to come and say hello.

Till next time
love Fi x

Saturday 26 July 2014


 The morning started with a strange low cloud lingering through the dale. Very odd but beautiful. The promise of another hot and sunny day. 
 So sunny that I had trouble to see my stitches whilst sweating away at my sewing machine in the attic.
It really was too beautiful a day to be up in the hot, hot, hot attic, but needs must. 
The leaves around these daisies needing finishing off ready to be taken to the picture framer. They're part of a much larger piece but I can't show you just yet. Can you see a few twitchy whiskers sneaking into the picture! lol.

Till next time
love Fi x

Wednesday 16 July 2014

Art in the Pen

Good morning! Don't look so shocked! 
Yes, this is me blog posting in the morning! Goodness gracious! 
Yes I'm on the ball this morning, well sort of. I've been rather hit and miss with my blog posting this year, but then this year has been quite different from other years. This year has been a bit of a steep learning curve for me. I've never created quite so much art work as I have this year or been so busy - which is all good. I just need to learn how to manage my time more efficiently and get into the flow of making, framing, ordering, supplying, BLOGGING etc.
For instance, take the picture above. The felt picture is a commission for a lovely lady who contacted me waaaay back at the beginning of the year.(The roses are from the garden and smell wonderful!) Now she did say that I had until September to make it but really! I should have had it done way before now. But then...who knows? She may have benefited from the time lapsed, my work may have improved or evolved slightly. Who knows!
This is one of the reasons I've been so busy. Art in the Pen. This year was the first at Carlisle although the event is in its 9th year at Skipton which is August 16th & 17th. This was also my first time but what a lovely experience.
Here I am setting up on the Friday afternoon. Wonderful Man is pretending to be David Bailey. There were over 80 artists all doing their best to transform animal pens at the auction mart into mini art galleries.
Hey Presto! As if by magic! 
I'm just adding the finishing touches in time for Fridays preview evening. Would you like
 a closer look?
 Starting on the left hand side. Lots of felted flower brooches pinned onto my mannequin Ethel Maude. On the table are a couple of small felt pictures and my hand embroidered felted greetings cards.

 Little Robin Red Breast, this one was hand needle felted.
Here he is free from his frame so you can see him properly.
 This one is a big one measuring about a metre square and is called 'Cow Parsley Mouse'. This one is wet felted and then free motion machine and hand embroidered.
 Here he is before framing.
After him is...
'Beagle Pup'. No embroidery on this one just wet felted.

You've already seen the 'Nasturtium Hare' at the top of this post but here he is again, just because he's my favourite piece to date. Again all wet felted with free motion machine and hand embroidery.

 Lets pop over to the right hand side.
Starting on the left we have...  
'Apple Blossom' (wet felted)
'Smile' Wet felted and machine and hand embroidered.
So called because I thought it would be rather nice to get out of bed every morning and see this. Surely it would make you smile? lol.
And lastly another Hare. (wet felted)
Have you had enough? 
Or would you like a little wander around some of the other wonderful pens?
I thought so ;)
I'll keep it brief.
Stig Art
sorry not sure who this is.
Sue Lancaster
Kate Durdy
David Singleton
Julie Gibson
David Brightmore
And lastly the lovely Diana Morrison who also supplies the one of the same galleries as me, Cherrydidi in Keswick. 
There were many more that I didn't manage to photograph including wood carvings, jewellery and ceramics.
 I've had an idea!
 Why don't you come to Art in the Pen at Skipton in August and see for yourself!
I'll see you there ;)

Till next time
love Fi x