Saturday, 22 September 2012

Catch Up

Sorry for not posting anything for a while. I think I've just had too many things going on at once, and I don't know about you, but when I've got so many things I need to do that I don't know where to start, I usually end up putting them off longer! One of the main things I've been working on is getting through my huge pile of WIPs.

As part of my other fabrics and fibres project, I had lots of unfinished pieces waiting to be made into things...unfinished camera pouches, pencil cases, iPod cases, mirror cases, purses, glasses cases... not to mention lots of pieces of felt waiting to be cut and pinned and sewn to add to the pile :)

They are mostly finished now, and one of the biggest tasks was photographing them all. For a while I just had 2 cloths for photographing-a black piece and some natural calico, but after struggling to get a few photos right, my girlfriend suggested using neutral colours like a brown or grey, so it ended up being a mammoth task taking photographs of about 30 felt pieces on 4 different backgrounds, not to mention the fun of going through and deleting all but the best. At least now that Summer is over, the light is better and getting good shots is far easier :)

I even had time to make some felt just for fun recently, which was really nice. I probably went a bit over the top with all the different fibres I blended with the wool and all the different fabric and fibre embellishments I piled on the top, but it was nice to make something that wasn't controlled or being made with anything in mind for a change :)

Have you been working on anything just for fun lately?


  1. I know exactly where you are coming from.. we really need to squeeze more hours into a day (if only those Harry Potter time turners were real!) It's quite liberating to let rip with a wild and unrestrained piece after all that isn't it :)
    I have felted the first of 2 very silly panels.. as soon as the other one is done they'll be on my blog.
    Glad you are catching up with yourself

  2. oops.. forgot to mention - your cases look gorgeous! Love the jewel like colours

  3. Thanks, Deborah :)
    I've made a blue one now too, I think I might do a small 'just for fun' piece at the end of every felting session :)

  4. Light is the bane of our lives with regard to getting an accurate photo of felt. How many of us have spent longer getting the photo than we spent actually making the thing?

    I really like the case at the front of the photo - it's joyous!

    Your black background works well with most of your colour combos.

  5. Thanks, Lyn :)
    Yeah, the black does work well for a lot of things, but it makes red things look like a burning portal into another world.

    I don't think it's too far fetched to say it takes longer to photograph some things than it took to make!
    And then, cameras are so good these days you have to spend ages shrinking the photos down enough to fit on the blog/screen :)

  6. Great patterns on your silk. I like the one at the back on the right. It has lots of texture.