Way back in the year of 2017, which in reality was not too long ago, my art was featured in its own exhibit in the lovely town of Berea, Kentucky. It was such a huge milestone for me to be able to display so many different facets of my art in one place and to show the real dynamics and extent of my portfolio as a felt artist.
I hope that, in part, while watching this video, you all get to see a side of my art that maybe you didn't even know about before! Not only do I have hat making under my belt, so to speak, but the world of felt art is truly endlessly! Scarves, décor, fashion, everyday accessories, and the list doesn't end there! I have experience in turning wool into so many fun, interesting, and beautiful things and that's why I am so excited to share this video with you--as kind of a sneak peek of all the things you too are capable of achieving!
With the Halloween season behind me I have been trying to get back into the swing of things. So here is a new Tiny Tutorial about nuno felting. I am going to be starting a Patreon page soon and one of the tiers is going to be for students interested in felting. When they join that tier their reward will include special access to several full-length tutorials that I have made. But for now I hope you enjoy this Tiny Tutorial.
Thank you everyone who came and explored my website, read my blog, and left such uplifting comments during last month's giveaway! This is the Mysterious Giveaway Hat - a gradient colorway that begins at the brim with deep red to orange to mustard to brown to black. It is the perfect Autumn hat as I feel it mirrors the color cycle of the leaves that fall this time of year. Red or yellow, or orange when they hit the ground then fading to brown and black the longer they rest upon the earth.
Somewhat unsure if the man was trying to help or just luring them to a secluded place to chop them into bits, the photographer rushed back to her group to explain. The all agreed to go, so piling into the car they drove after the tractor which was leading them to a small copses of trees further out in the field. Upon reaching the spot the group was in awe of the spooky little spot and introductions were made all around. He told the group to say and shoot for as long as they wanted then turned on his heel and hoped back on his tractor driving off to mow his field. The END
OK I may have exaggerated a bit for effect, but honestly not by that much. It was like the Spirit of Halloween fated that chance encounter. I have been shooting in that field for years and never met anyone. That hat was meant to be shot in that spooky little spot. I know that I got this hat out a little too late for this year's Halloween and I am sorry :( and I only have about 6ish spots left open for Halloween orders - BUT maybe you won't need to order a hat...maybe you could win one in my Halloween Witch Hat Giveaway. Now this is a little peculiar, but the hat is going to be a surprise - meaning there isn't a picture. But I think you all trust me enough to know it will be an awesome hat ;) I have it made and it is autumn themed in color but that is all I am going to tell you. I will post pics of it just before I announce the winner and that will be on October 1st. The winner must agree to pay shipping costs and to enter all contestants must leave a comment on this blog post. Bonus points will be given to those who leave a comment telling me something they like about my website (so explore it a little), I know, I know I am shameless.
Sure it was raining and we were all soaked from the 5ish minuet walk to the shoot site, but I had a new model, a new location, and two new hats that I needed photos of. So we made it work. Under the tree cover it wasn't so bad actually, but Grumpy Husband's shoes were squishing when he walked, Lily Anna was barefoot and my feet were the only thing dry on me. My new model is a friend that I met at the KY Highland Renaissance Fair a couple of years ago when I was a vendor there. We had been wanting to do a shoot together for ages, and then on this day the stars aligned and it happened. I brought my garb and she brought hers and together we created some sweet costumes.
The birch hood (below) might be my all time favorite piece. I have always really love birch trees, mostly because they stood out from all the other trees. Growing up we had a lot of them in our woods and many of them had that "eye" shape to some of their stripes. It was very eerie but also really intriguing. As a child I would often wonder if they were watching me and were more then just trees. I also just really like this hood because it was a challenge and it came out so well despite that!
The Fire Mage hat was the perfect custom order for autumn, and really we couldn't of had a more perfect backdrop! Granted we had to do a costume swap between hats, and that meant a five minute walk back to the dorm and you guessed it! It rained the whole way. Of course as soon as we got inside it stopped. We were all heartened by this, but on our way back out to the shoot location it started up again. Grumpy Husband was very damp and looked like a thunder cloud himself, so I bribed him with dinner out after the shoot. Lily Anna joined us and I think that was the best most fun shoot I have ever done! :)
My character was a Lady Milliner who had "time traveled" back to the 1200's of Scotland to show all the Scots the proper way to make a top hat. I got to show-off my black felted top hat and that was fun.
I'm so excited because this week is my 9th wedding anniversary! Grumpy Husband and I have a fun day of celebrating planned, but I don't want you to feel left out so I decided to have a special anniversary sale. Just use the coupon code JUNE16 here or on my Etsy shop to get $25 off an order of $100 or more. Let's spread the joy around!