Tuesday, 8 September 2009

The wasps chose Shakespeare

I've always found insects to be really amazing little creatures, but when it comes to wasps I can’t avoid fear. There is a terrible allergy running in my family and I'm yet to be stung...
The first time I saw one of these black wasps I was quite terrified but this summer I have grown used to them and even managed to admire their delicate split body and gracefully hanging legs, as they decided to nest inside my mother’s house! The last time I was there, a nest had recently been discovered on one of the bookshelves (obviously Shakespeare hadn’t been read in a while..) and even having an allergy, my mum sprayed the nest with no wasps on it, so the little creatures spent the few days I was there flying in, out and around the house looking for a new place to nest. They tried under the chimney, on a lamp wire and in many other places but always at some moment came back to an infected nest having to keep on looking for a new place. This weekend they where not around, so I guess they finally understood they were not welcome inside. The book was still on a window shelf waiting to be dealt with so I took some pictures of their amazing mud construction.

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Winter flowers

Colourful and woollen, the most special also made with silk, these little ones are just a couple steps away from becoming beautiful winter flowers.

Saturday, 5 September 2009

Felt and silk fabrics

These are medium to thick felt fabrics with hand painted silk set inside. I like the effect of the silk screwing up as the wool shrinks and felts. I still need to find the best use for them; I’ve been told I should not cut them up and that’s just what I was going to do…

Friday, 4 September 2009

Thick layered felt

For my Felt Chip jewellery.

The washing line

I only use the washing line in the middle stages. When items are completely finished they must dry laying flat.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

On the table

Yes, he was also on the table ‘helping’ me take pictures, but that’s not what I was going to show you. I was supposed to show you my table every now and then but I only did it once, so here is a little resume. By the way, this is Congo. He’s usually behind the scenes, not on top of them!

Rombo scarves in process.

Lines scarves in process.

Making thin prefelts and at the far back, this years nuno experiments.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Easy and practical: scheduling posts

I must say I always saw that word 'schedule' at the top of the edit posts page and wondered how it worked but never got round to stop and figure it out. Well, a few days ago while preparing all those scarves posts it just came in to my mind to try putting a future date in the post options.. and taraaa.. my post was scheduled! So simple.. so easy.. so practical.. can't believe I never discovered that before! I will use it so much! In fact, I'm going away this weekend but I have so much to show you I will leave those days programmed with a bit more of my little summer felt production.
See that beautiful leaping pod? That's where I'll be going!

Nice news, I've been featured!

I love being featured because I get to read about my work from a different point of view, and from that there is always something to learn. Also, when words are nice, they instantly bring a great big feeling of satisfaction and that's good and keeps motivation going. Trying to get out there, be seen and sell ones own handmade items online takes a lot of time, work and effort (at least for me) and all support is truly appreciated. So there goes a really big THANK YOU to

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Tessellated shawl

Bright, colourful and tessellated!
45 x 180 cm. Ponge 5

Little Lines shawls

Little Lines is my excuse to play with rhythm, movement and colour. Each little line is a brush stroke of hot wax between layers of colour. I must have been in a smooth mood when I painted these cause I made them bold, soft and chromatic, as opposed to my usual contrasts.

45 x 180 cm. Crepe de china 12

45 x 165 cm. Crepe de china 10