Thursday, December 24, 2009

Latest creations - A bunny and a bear, needle-felted on a day spent tending the desk at Wild Rivers Wool in Langlois.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Still relping. Really!

Relping has been happening even though blogging about it hasn't. I have lots of hats, wall hangings, and felted fish among the items on sale at Wild Rivers Wool Factory in Langlois. It is nice to have somewhere to consign things so I can pay for my craft addictions with the money!

Yesterday my friend from Port Orford visited and we needle-felted together so I thought I'd post her picture and a photo of the fish I finished. I took them into the shop this morning and the blue one sold almost immediately along with a hat I'd made sometime earlier this year. It makes having to slow for all the RVs on the road worth it when the tourists stop to patronize the shop.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Recent fish - but now I'm back relping hats.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

GeFelted Fish

My fascination with needle-felting shows no sign of waning. There are so many nifty possibilities that I barely explore one before another is warbling a siren song to lure me. Like any addict I do not hesitate to hook unwary bystanders into giving the craft a go. This morning at WRWF I was recruiting more innocent victims to the needle!

Monday, June 01, 2009

Our long distance relping friend, Ileah, has been crocheting potholders to keep her nimble fingers busy. The lady also does bobbin lace, weaves, spins, and knits... you can see why she qualifies as a relper! I love the potholders and find them almost too pretty to be used.

The blue on the left makes me think of Delftware. The pink is like a peony blossom. The green at top is very tranquil and the multi-hued at right reminds me of grandmother's apron. The green at the bottom is my favorite - like the forests and fields of Oregon.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Labyrinth fixation

I've discovered the fun of labyrinths - and needle-felting different patterns of them. More to come, until my mania runs its course!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

The beat goes on...

Despite the silence here relping *IS* going on. The photo is of our fellow relper, now back from her years in Australia, on a recent visit to Oregon. Note the knitting! And I actually took up my crochet hook, albeit briefly, to make one of my mini-sheep for another friend who accompanied this one. The O.F. relped as well, but I didn't have my camera poised catch her in the act.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Knitted Lace

Isn't this pretty stuff? I'm no knitter - I learned the basics 40plus years ago and haven't touched a knitting needle since - so I'm extra impressed at the detail and craft of it. This was made by one of our lurking relpers from California.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Thoughts while relping

I've been working with some international wool - specifically yarns
from Iceland and Canada that were given to me to play with. As my
hook twists the yarn and the length of the fibers feeds through my
fingers, my mind wonders about the sheep the wool came from and those
shepherds, shearers, and spinners that grew it and processed it. I
pick small bits of plant matter from the yarn, there are always a few
grass seeds and ends of bramble and briar that have been missed even
after the washing, dyeing, picking, carding, and spinning, and those
specks of vegetation from some pasture in a country I will never see
cause me to pause and wonder.

Goods have long moved around our world, carried by ships or camel
caravans, by horse and mule back, or by a single person bringing what
they had to trade for something they needed. What route did this yarn
travel to be crocheted with my hook? How long ago did the journey
begin? I imagine the tiny thread of contact from me to an unknown so
far away. I muse about the life of the animal who grew this wool to
keep warm and when and where she walked a field and a single seed
hitched a ride to be discovered by my hands. I'm grateful that the
simple handwork allows me this view of the world.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

More pins

Okay, I'm just about done with the heart theme. Or maybe not.

We relp, Not write!

You can tell by the inactivity here that we are relpers, not writers. Well, I write some. And relp some. But the rest of the group obviously stresses the latter. I've seen some of the work that is being done and so I know the little fingers are plenty busy. Now if only they'd show off some of that work HERE!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Needle Felted pins

These are newly relped to go on consignment at Wild Rivers Wool Factory in Langlois.