from a summertime of wonder-filled vacations,
with wonder-filled people, places, ideas and activities…
What a wonder-filled summer it has been!
When we were vacationing in Ireland, I saw some intriguing art in a small shop…the prints I saw seemed to be photos of some kind of fiber art…not sure what it was or how it was done…but the blendings of colors, lines, textures and images were filled with such a magical sense of wonder!
Aren’t those just amazing!
The artist…Suzy Sullivan…lives in County Mayo in Ireland…
what magical art she creates!
Her creations certainly are magical!
Then I started wondering….
Well… I DID find someone to ask…you just never know “who” knows “what”….my daughter Julie knew! Easy as that! Julie recognized the materials, and when we were vacationing in Olympia and the SanJuan Islands, Washington, she found several wonderful yarn shops and showed me the materials…. and encouraged me to buy some beginner supplies so I could try creating my own beginning projects…thank you, Julie!
So……here you go…
apparently, it’s called “needle felting”….
and it’s a REALLY enjoyable, seemingly easy and fun craft.
(Obviously not at the level of Suzy Sullivan’s work,
but still really enjoyable and fun to create!)
I think others might enjoy needle felting, too!
It might be worth a try!
Just a few materials needed…very simple.
I created a mountain scene…
the rolling ridges of mountains,
the rich greens of New Hampshire, Ireland and Washington,
all beautiful places I visited this summer…
such beauty in nature
This morning, as I looked at the felt piece I had created,
I started wondering again…
I wonder if I could add wire to that felting?
wire that follows the ridge lines…
…still more wondering…
I wonder if I could hang the felt from a piece of wire…
hanging it on windows or the shower door???
I guess so….
look what a sense of “wonder” can lead to…
the remarkable joys of living with a sense of open curiosity and wonder!
May we all live each day
with an increasing sense of curiosity, possibility, opportunity and wonder!
oh I think this is a wonder-ful craft. And look at you, with a bit of curiosity, a bit of encouragement, a bit of wonder and magic happens. So inspiring. I have this dream of creating woven wall hangings and one of my goals, while in Europe, is checking out looms and fibers and maybe, who knows, taking a class or two….
Oh, Joss…I hope you do start creating woven wall hangings…they’re so lovely and such variety in how they are created….looms, fibers, classes…who know what might happen??? Oh, such opportunities you’ll have! I’m so happy for you and really looking forward to reading about your adventures!
You are off and running..you are the perfect woman for the projects a head…
Well, it sure was enjoyable creating that little piece… and so quick and easy, too…Who knows what’s next? I think I’ll try little nesting bowls!…or maybe…ummm…who knows what??? So many possibilities!
(and I just started learning how to wire wrap, too…wrapping thin wire around pretty little rocks we found on the Washington beaches…and then putting them on necklaces…more fun, but a bit more challenging than felting…but fun!)
Look at you go! I have a friend who created some felt art for me, and I love it. What you did is beautiful. 🙂
Thank you, Robin, at this point, it seems to be easy! I think that if one gets good quality and colors of “roving” and then simply blends loved/compatible colors…maybe it just turns out appealing? I think there are tons of possibilities…and seemingly quick-ish and easy-ish… now THAT’S a great combination! (but I’m guessing it might be harder than I’m thinking at this point..time will tell…maybe Pocket Perspectives will start to turn into a craft blog???? 🙂 ….oh, possibilities! )
Welcome back! I was thinking of you today and wondering how you were. Glad to see you were having a good time and getting into a creative art project. It seems perfect for you! 😀
I feel a bit lost in “time” and “space”…where am I? what day is it?…so many wonderful travels, but a bit disorienting now that I’m back. ( And, goodness, life “on the road” with inconsistent and limited internet…what a change that was….after an initial sense of withdrawal, I did get used to it.) Enjoying creative projects is a great way to settle back in… 🙂
Suzie Sullivan here…thank you so much for admiring and sharing my work with others. I am so glad that you are inspired to create your own woolly pieces, I especially love your window hanger, the way the light shines through!
Hi Suzie…how very special to hear from you…your felt art is so magical and wonderful! I wish I lived nearby!
I was at a wonderful Women’s Art and Craft show yesterday in San Francisco. One woman was showing beautiful felt work that she creates using wool from her own alpacas… she lives near Yosemite National Park and does lots of Yosemite and mountain images in felt… what wonderful art you both create! Her website, in case you’d like to take a peek: http://www.fiberartbymona.com/
( that art fair in SF…Celebration of Craftswomen: http://womensbuilding.org/craftsfair/ )
btw… we had such a magically wonderful time in Ireland this summer…truly magical! A bit of my own sense of wonder and appreciation here: https://pocketperspectives.wordpress.com/2013/08/06/moved-by-the-winds-of-the-irish-spirits/