Sunday, March 27, 2016

Needle Felted Easter Chick!

Happy Easter! I am finally getting around to posting this sweet little chick that I needle felted. I think she has such a sweet face, I love her! I used the Sarafina tutorial on YouTube, which made creating her so easy, I love her tutorials! I did not use the supply pack that she sells because I happened to already have the colors but I do have to say that Sarafina Fiber Art sells the perfect colored wool batt for making chicks that I happened to have already purchased from the Art House at my last visit. Next spring I definitely am purchasing the supply pack (which makes 3 chicks) because these are so cute that I want a whole flock!

I hope everyone had a nice Easter, however you celebrate it! Even though we are currently traveling, we still fit in almost everything we usually do for the kids, like an Easter Basket, an egg hunt, decorating eggs, cute crafts and yummy treats. We normally go to a "Breakfast with the Easter Bunny" event at my Alma mater and my youngest daughter was disappointed we would miss it. We did happen to catch the Easter Bunny at the grocery store of all places so they were excited about that! I do think that he gave my daughter a moldy lollipop though! Is that even possible? I never saw a lollipop like that, it was a bit disconcerting! Oh well, we did find bunny shaped frosted donuts at a local bakery so all's well that ends well! Happy Easter!!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Hill Country Weavers in Austin, TX

We recently spent a few days in Austin and while we were {mostly window} shopping on Congress Ave, a funky street with quirky and upscale shops, I spied this cute little weaving and yarn shop that I just had to pop into called Hill Country Weavers.

It was so colorful on the outside that I could only imagine the inside...

Even though I can't knit and can barely crochet, I love all yarn and I was really hoping to find some wool roving because after all, they are a weaving shop as well!

I found this beautiful roving that would make amazing yarn! It would also do lovely in wet felting or  even needle felting! It we hadn't just plunked down $30 on the candy shop across the street for my kids, I may have just walked out with some of that pretty roving!

Look, it sparkles! 

 I just love these colors!

And of course, lets all take a moment to appreciate the beauty of these wooden spinning wheels!

 Maybe one day I should learn to spin. And knit!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Featured Artist Series: Needle Felted Crafts by Winnie

I am inspired by so many felters out there that I decided it would be fun to start a "Featured Artist" series on my blog. For my first interview, I chose one of my favorite felters, her business is called Needled Felted Crafts by Winnie.

Winnie is from Hong Kong but now lives in Canada. She is very versatile, I think she could probably felt anything! She can do whimsical and realistic and they all look fabulous. She let me choose which photos to share and I had a hard time deciding! You can see much more in the photo stream on her Facebook page,  go check it out!

So without further ado, here is the little interview, I hope you find it as interesting as I did.

How long have you been needle felting? And how did you first discover this craft?

I've been felting for 4 years. I first saw the craft when I traveled to the Baltic, bought some felted souvenirs in Finland and Estonia. They have flower brooches, felted balls for ear rings and necklaces, wet felted hats and slippers... I fell in love with these soft, fluffy crafts. It was the second time I saw this craft in Japan, oh my! The Japanese creations are so cute, kawaii! They have cartoon characters, animals and cakes. This time I decided to learn needle felting.

What is your favorite thing about needle felting?
I think needle felting gives me a lot of freedom, there's almost no limitation to what I can create. For example, unlike using fabric, where you choose the design and pattern, you can create your own pattern. That's why I always needle felt my doll's clothes.

Do you have a favorite type of thing to needle felt? 

My favorite is food. I love a challenge, that's why I try everything I can think of.

Whats your favorite piece you have done and do you have a picture? 

I don't know which one is my favorite piece, I think I'm a perfectionist, that's why every time when I finished a piece, that piece will be my favorite, but after a while, I like to re-do my old one to perfection.

Since Winnie couldn't choose a favorite, I did! I think my favorite is this new fairy and all of her insect friends, it's so adorable! I love her expression and the attention to detail.

How long have you been selling on etsy? 

I've been selling in Etsy since Jan 2014, so is more than 2 years.
What is the link to your shop?

 Thanks for reading along, happy felting everyone!