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Sunday, April 28, 2013

miniature show

Yesterday was the Kelowna Miniature show and sale. Very enjoyable but like most shows it is getting smaller.  Great Vendors though. The Kelowna club and mine from the South Okanagan always have displays . That is my favourite part of the day, looking at all the talented people's art work.

  It was good to see old friends again and although I did not buy much this year I left happy.  My trusty camera did not take very many photos that turned out so .....  I may try to take my project's photo again someday with the glass removed. But here they are .

  The cacti are preserved with glycerine and water and I was pleased with how they turned out and will do more of them for my SW scene that I have been working on for years.  The second photo is of the club challenge to include a tree in a roombox setting.  The back wall and the "grass" is all needle felted  which was fun to work with.  You can read about it in my previous post.

       Thanks for stopping by.

       Today would have been Ruby's 87th birthday,

          Rest in Peace dear one.


Monday, April 1, 2013

What did I do all winter? I needle felted!


Wow  not so good at blogging these days am I?  I have been busy though, not with house work but with needle felting.

     The first photo is of a trivet I have been making.  I used a cookie cutter to add the white chicken and tried to hard felt it enough with the needle to be able to  rubber stamp on it.  I used StazOn ink and now I will see how long it will last .  I am pleased with the result but may in the future felt it more ?  Not sure.  I was also going to use some beads but decided the rubber stamping is enough. I will most definitely use the rubber stamping on the felt in the future, in fact I am plotting the next project as I write.

    The second photo is to be a tree trunk for my miniature display at the show the end of April in west Kelowna.  My mini club was challenged to use a "tree" in a room box display this year. What I said?  So I thought about what I wanted a long time and this needle felted tree trunk is going to be the back of my Scene, which will be a fairy theme scene for now.  I found the perfect fat quarter of fabric at the local quilt store that looked like bark.  I put a piece of pre felt behind it and proceeded to needle felt where ever I wanted to and I was so pleased with the results.  I was worried that the cotton fabric would not hold up but it did.  Now to embellish it with more moss and  roots and spider web or too and it will be able to be added to the room box and I can work on the rest of the scene.  I work in one inch scale generally but this will be a mixed scale room box as the little fairy that I have is very very tiny and the bed that I have is one inch but this tree trunk will be full scale.  I will post a photo when I get it close to finished.  Only 27 days left to finish it off!!  Yikes!!

So my winter was full of experiments and happily they worked.  Trying hard to step out of my comfort zone and try new techniques.  Thanks for visiting and leave a comment so I know you stopped by.