Monday, August 11, 2014

Colour in Neutral

Now that I'm moving forward after my trip to visit family in Toronto, I am back in my studio and exploring new ideas and new ways to felt/
I love colour and I use it a lot in my art practice. I understand that some people like neutral, but I'm just not one of them. I am, though, learning to do colour in neutral and this piece is my interpretation of just that.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Waldorf Gnomes still make me smile

Waldorf knitted gnomes still make me smile. When I'm feeling a little blue, I get out my plant dyed yarn and start knitting gnomes. It's like comfort food without the calories. The knit up quick, I can make a few in the evening if I'm watching TV and then into my studio  to sew them together.

The colours of the plant dyed yarn are special and as they come together each gnome has its own individual character. I've tried photographing them inside, but they truly want to be placed in the garden and captured there.

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Yes, sometimes things can be challenging, but after 10 gnomes I'm ready to face the day.  And I didn't gain a pound.
 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Felting Workshop: What Else is Possible?

 I'm offering a Felting Class called What Else is Possible? This class gives you the opportunity to explore the wet felting process through colour, design, surface texture, fiber manipulation or whatever you choose. It's a way to take your felting to the next level and allow your creativity to flow.
We will be working on either a 3 dimensional piece such as a vase, bowl or slippers, or are flat piece to hang on a wall or sew into a pillow. The choice is yours.
Saturday August 16 and Sunday August 17.

 
https://www.facebook.com/events/687961577908333/
or contact me at coloursparks@gmail.com

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Summer Flowers and Vessels

 I have been working on vessels for the last little while. I have them sitting in various places around the house. Yesterday my neighbour brough me some Russian sage and I stuck the branches into the vessels. Loved the look. This morning I picked some Yarrow and cut back the red bush...don't know what its called...it needed a haircut anyway, and stuck them in the rest of the vessels.
I loved the look both inside and outside. It makes me want to more.
I will be offering a vessels workshop in Augusts...stay tuned.


Friday, June 20, 2014

Worsted...What the Heck is That?

As a newbie knitter. you walk into a yarn store and want to buy yarn. The sales person asks you about gauge and weight of yarn...Huh? The pattern says worsted...what the heck does that mean?

Knitting terms can be confusing..dk, aran, 16 stitches to 4", bulk, super bulky, gauge...There are many basic charts on the internet that will help you become more familar with the standards set by the Craft Yarn Council of America
 http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/weight.html  The chart lays out the different names used through the ages by different countries and the numbers that now go with them.

The term worsted originally comes from the 12th century weaving industry in Worstead England. It is also a term used for the carding of wool and the spinning of wool and the subsequent fabric made from it. Interesting but not relevant for the knitter who wants to know what size needles she needs and what yarn to buy.
In the end, its quite simple, its about creating a fabric that you like that will work with the pattern that you have chosen.If the pattern calls for a 4.5 mm needle and the fabric is too tight, then you are best to go up a needle size, and consequently if it is too loose go down. Making a swatch may seem silly or unnecessary, but it helps test the yarn you have chosen to see  if it works and mostly importantly whether you like it.  In the end its sillier to knit a whole garment to find out you don't like it or it doesn't fit.
https://www.artofyarn.com/product/byCategory/tosh-vintage/

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Time of Change and Time of Goodbye

It's been quite a journey recreating and redefining myself since the days as a stay at home mom back in Basel Switzerland. Moving back to Canada when my children were older gave me an opportunity to step into the working world. My journey took me back to school and I completed  a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of British Columbia as a mature student. Its funny how your labels change as you age, child, adult, mother, teacher, artist.
I've left my day job, that I have had for the past 7 years, at my local yarn store, and look forward to spending more time in my studio....doing my art.
Through the years, I've meet many wonderful women at the yarn store, and I would like to take this opportunity to say goodbye to all of you and express my joy at having gotten to know you.

I've got lots of fiber to share, so check out my etsy store.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/ColourSparks

Monday, June 9, 2014

Vessels Workshop June 7/8

 What a lovely weekend of fiber and felting. We had alot to do in two days. Two of the participants were beginner felters, so not only did they have to get the technique down, they also had to work with all the design elements. There were lots of new techniques and lots of inspiration flowing through out the group.Nesteled in my garage...i spent days cleaning it up, it was the perfect place to let the water flow on the floor and to include dyeing as a part of the workshop. 

If you are interested in participating in the next workshop, contact me at coloursparks@gmail.com