Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Blues: A Long Time Coming!

I finally finished this small piece today. It's been a long process.
I needle felted the oval back in October or November, planning to use it as a foundation for a cross-stitch design. I didn't like it for that, so I set it aside and finished the cross-stitch piece differently. One day a couple of months ago, I was doing some embroidery on small felted disks and I placed this one on the pile. I added the stitching at that time. Then it sat while I decided what else I wanted to do with it. I put it on top of a small pile in a place where I would see it every day. I would have an idea, lay an embellishment on top, shake my head, and set it back down. One day as I was watering the plants on our windowsill, I glanced at the jar of sea glass and removed a white piece, placing it on top of the felt. I liked it. So I left it there while I decided how to add it and what to add with it. Last night I crocheted the small lace oval, sewed it on with the sea glass inside, and finally knew how I wanted to finish it.

I had this necklace that I got at a charity shop--I knew the metal loops would come in handy.
I needed needle-nosed pliers to get the rings open and even then it was tough. In the process of deconstructing it, I broke one of the loops, but I saved it anyway. I used it here. Then I added some small silver-coloured round beads at random.

It was a long time coming, but I'm delighted with how it came out. I will have ample opportunity to play with felt, because Bill recently ordered a large bag of roving scraps for me. It arrived the other day.
 I was thrilled when I opened the envelope--such gorgeous colours! As you'd expect with a scrap bag like this, there are larger pieces and smaller pieces. I love to work with scraps, whether it's roving, yarn, thread, or fabric. I already have plans for some of this. Fun!

I hope there is plenty of colour in your world today!


Vicki said...

Very pretty, you are very talented! My mom could knit, crochet, sew, etc. and make such pretty things. I can't do any of it :(

Shari Burke said...

Thank you! I taught myself to knit and crochet 35+ years ago and have picked up more techniques through the years as I become interested in them and creating things and teaching others how to do this stuff has helped me so much ever since I started. It makes me happy, brings me inner peace and contentment, and in times of stress and depression, helps me heal, focus, and remain calm :-)