I'm putting the finishing touches on my pieces for the Vasaloppet Art Show this weekend. Due to the fabulously warm and snow-deficient winter we've enjoyed, there will be NO VASALOPPET SKI RACE this year. But the art show goes on regardless. We have invited Jan Wise to come and speak about the work on display at the show. All of my entries are pretty autobiographical, but abstract. I hope people will enjoy them.
Here is one I call "Handle with Care". It's made of hand-felted, hand-dyed wool from my Shetland Mule sheep and a goose egg from the Shetland geese. (I applied a stiffener to make a funnel of felt that stands up on its own.) The other three pieces I'm showing are a series of framed hanging pieces which incorporate hand felted natural colored wool and paper transfer resist dyed felt with twigs, eggshells, stones and feathers attached. I will try to photograph them before sealing them up in their frames. I also hope to donate a felted birdhouse to the Silent Auction which benefits the art organization's scholarship fund.
I know I'm late to the game, but I made yogurt for the first time yesterday! Who knew it was so easy. It tastes great too. No more buying little plastic containers of yogurt for me. I'm straining some of it now to see if I can make it into greek yogurt. Sorry to see how rusty my strainer is in this photo.
Next time I'll make sure the temp is maintained at 110 degrees, so it should thicken up much faster. I see by Googling that some people make it in the crock pot too. That sounds easy. Anyway, I put some jam in with it this morning and yummm!
I taught felting to a group of five ladies in late January. We met at Woodland Cottage in Elk River, MN. It was a fun but exhausting day. The all wanted to make something different! I had practiced up by making these felted mittens with Shetland Mule fiber, Finn fiber, and the undercoat from my old livestock guard dog, Schachah (who is now on duty at Sabrina's north of Bemidji, MN). You can see that Great Pyrenees fiber sheds quite a bit when felted. But dog fur is supposed to be so much warmer than wool, so I wanted to give it a try.
That same day I whipped up these slippers from black karakul lamb's wool and my white Shetland Mule wool. It was good to get in the studio and work.
Okay, back to the five ladies, they were all very talented and stuck to their projects. Here is what they made (click to enlarge): a birdhouse, slippers, a wallhanging, and two pieces of decorated flat felt.
I hope to organize more felting classes here at my studio and at Winnie's Woodland Cottage and perhaps at a log cabin retreat center in Pine City, MN. I have also lined several up at the Pine Center for the Arts this spring. And I will be teaching lotion making at Shepherd's Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival in May too. It's going to busy that weekend because I'll be judging the felting competition and having a booth too. I'm not sure how I will get it all done.