Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Today is a clean & purge day

I have a friend coming over to help me purge and organize my workspace.  Along with getting stuff ready for a major Craft Sale.

Sunday the 23rd I am having a sale of crafting supplies, old inventory from the shop, art quilts and more!  So if you have seen something on this blog that you love, let me know it might be in that sale.
I have had a few people ask me why I'm having this sale....hmmm...I'm in a new crafting/office room, and made some decisions that I'm never going to use some of my stuff. 

Although the two reasons above are true,  the reality is I want to further my education as a fiber and felt artist.  I'm trying to raise funds for my business so that I can take a few more classes in Portland and MN, along with purchasing supplies such as wool, silk and dyes.  My goal is to raise about $1500 from my crafter's sale, my Etsy sales, special orders and teaching a few classes.  Right now I'm at $105, only $1395 to go!

So what a better way to share my supplies with you, Facebook friends and local Reno pals.

Here are a few wall quilts and such that is for sale.

$30 obo

$30 obo

 $25 obo

$25 obo
Message me if you think you are interested in these quilts.

ALSO, I have reduced the prices on my Etsy shop, go check it out.

Have a happy organizing day!

Judy

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Well it's a Happy Hump Day!



Lots has been happening around the Applegarth house here.  I got this crazy idea of moving my sewing room, which meant moving hubby out of the office and then I got the great idea of moving the guest room downstairs. That will have to be another blog post by itself!  Let's just say the house has exploded...mess.



 But on the good note I have squeezed in a little felting around the mess, or should I say out in the kitchen!  Who needs food when I can felt?  I have a few felty projects and products for the shop!

So today I thought I would share a sunny sunflower today.  Sunflowers are a happy flower.

Actually I made two!


My girlfriend who I met in Alaska saw the first one on my Facebook page and called dibs.  I told her to wait to see the other one before making the decision.  Well these lovely flowers did not make it to my Esty shop.  They are SOLD and are going to make the way to Virgina. 


These pieces were an experiment for me.  I wanted to see if I could do both needle felting and wet felting.  They turned out nice but I think I like to stick to wet (Nuno) felting.  Although I love being able to free motion quilt and add hand embroidery to them.  The stitching really brings it alive.

I hope Terri enjoys the happy sunflower as much as I do.

Have a Happy Hump Day!

Judy

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Felted sheep

Today I thought I would share something I have been wanting to for some time.  It has been in the back of my mind for some time and after I went to a friend farm and saw her sheep, I decided to give it a try.
 



Each time I wet felt I learn something new.  I think this piece could have been worked longer to give it a more felted appearance, but overall I really like the lumpy (not the correct terminology) felt.  It give it dimension and texture like rolling hills.

Here is what it looks like in a shadowbox frame.

I really want to explore this further.

Happy Tuesday!

Judy

Thursday, January 2, 2014

New year, new goals

I don't believe in New Years Resolutions, just seems silly to have to start something on Jan. 1st, why not anytime of the year?

But I do like to set some mini goals through out the year, or reflect on last year to see what I can do better.  So last year, I lacked on my blog.  Lots of people say blogs are dinosaurs now. That people don't want to take the time to read them.  So what is the new thing?  Facebook? Twitter? Google+? Tumblr? Pinterest? 
Which one do you gravitate to?  Me? Facebook...like to see everything in one spot every morning, it's like reading the newspaper.  I get to find out what's new with friends and many companies.

This next couple of months I want to explore fiber art jewelry.  I have several ideas of what I want to do, some simple and some crazy.  So my first share of fiber art jewelry is my felted pendants.
They have been needle felted and wet felted, then either embroidered or beaded.  These have been beaded, working on two others last night.

I think they are pretty cool, what do you think?







I have listed them on my Etsy shop (see sidebar) and have several more coming.
Please leave me comments as to what you think, would love input.

Have a happy Thursday,

Judy

Friday, December 13, 2013

Happy Friday!




Well this has been a busy week for me with 3 craft fairs, a blog hop and a Christmas party!  Whew and I wonder why I have been so tired this week.  Doesn't help that we have had the coldest weather, made me wonder why I moved to Reno from Anchorage.  Anchorage was warmer than we were.

First business is the blog hop winner....
Lara!!
  Please contact me with your info. and pattern choice so I can let Terri Stegmiller know.

Today I thought I would share some Christmas ornaments that I made for the Christmas party tomorrow.  We are doing a ornament swap and I can't decide which one to give.

Why don't you help me?

This one is a mix of red and orange.  Anything orange is MY pick, but not everyone like orange.
 It was needle felted, wrapped silk and some sparkly stuff, yarn and a few beads for bling!
So I made two purple ones.

 This one was wet felted, wrapped with tulle and beaded.

This one was made with scraps of roving, kinda my salvage stuff.  Lightly needle felted and wrapped with silk and fibers.


Then I needle felted this blue one, but you can't see the tulle that it is hanging from on the white tree.


Have a happy Friday, stay warm!

Judy


Monday, December 9, 2013

Blog Hop today!

Today we are having a blog hop.

A couple of week ago I was asked to test out a Terri Stegmiller art quilt pattern.


It was such fun and now you can see what everyone did.


Please leave a comment for your chance to win a copy of one of Terri's patterns.  You get to choose which pattern you'd like, either Paws in the Garden or Butterfly Moments.  




The pattern will be provided to you in PDF document format, which you download and print yourself.  It will be delivered to your email address.  Please be sure you provide contact information when you comment.

A winner will be randomly drawn the morning of Friday, December 13.

Please visit all of the following blogs for more chances to win (each blog will have a winner):




Blog Hop Order

I hope you enjoy the hop, leave a message and share some love for those talented art quilters.

Happy Monday and good luck!

Judy

Monday, November 25, 2013

A Purrr-fect way to start a week



This week I'm sharing an art quilt that I have been working on for about a week.

It is a pattern by Terri Stegmiller.

I was asked to test out a pattern of Terri's...seen HERE.
It was great to be able to step outside my comfort zone and try to recreate her wonderful artwork.  If you haven't seen some of her work you should go to her BLOG and check it out.





For this piece I wanted to try out some of Terri's techniques by adding stencils and paint to my background to give a textured background.  I have been intimidated by stencils and I had a great time exploring them.  I still need some work, there is always a learning curve.  Next I painted the kitty on a separate piece of fabric and fused the purple kitty on the background.


 Then I pulled out the wool roving and wet felt the flowers, stitched then down and thought it would be a great time to practice my french knots.


And last I decided to needle felt the butterfly.  I really wanted the butterfly to be a 3-d element on the quilt.


Overall, this was a great project to explore.

What did I learn from it...better paint.  I used acrylic paint with a textile medium.  The fabric got harder texture than I wanted and made it difficult to free motion quilt.  Next time I do this kitty, I will try quilting it first and then add paint accents.  This is the fun thing about art quilting, no project has to be the same.

And remember to give some love to the artist that created this pattern, Terri Stegmiller.

Have a happy Monday!

Judy


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Day 12 - crochet and bead necklace




This is a necklace that I'm glad to finally have finished.  I have been working on it a little each night to get it done.

I love the color!  Coral.

It is very light weight and from the photos you can't really see the beads...bummer.


I can see me wearing this with a nice sweater and or a tank top in the summer.

Here is the pin for the pattern.
It is very easy.

Here is it on...


Have a wonderful Pinterest night.

Judy

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