Friday, November 20, 2009

Last week Kathie Tuckruskye, a teacher at Arlington Middle School, called to say that their Fiber Arts Club could use some advice with their felting project. It happens they meet after school on Wednesdays so off I went...
We talked about how felt is made and I discussed my hand felted jewelry and beads. Then we kicked back the chairs, gave each girl a TFB (Turbo Felting Board), her choice of colored merino and a metallic pipe cleaner (yes, they still call them pipecleaners, not chenille sticks). In short order they created either spiral felt earrings or a felted bangle bracelet. The last bus left at 3:45 yet we were able to "bang these out" in the time we had! (love that TFB)
This was their first wet-feltmaking experience, having only needle-felted to date. Check out this sweet teddy bear this student made.
We expect to nuno felt a scarf at their Dec 9th meeting. Yes, it IS possible in that short window of time. We'll use rubber friction cloth and heavy duty bubblewrap plus the TFB and they'll leave with finished scarves!
Beadzo is having an artisan jewelry and crafts sale at Pamela's magnificent home, 17 North Rd. Tivoli, NY on Sunday Dec 6, 1-6pm and Monday the 7th, 6-9pm. Call for info 845-757-2780 or 845-594-2649. The works of jewelers Kaja Dedijer and Betiana Ruffinatto will be featured along with beadwork by local artists and special purchase gifts that Pamela traveled far and wide to collect for us!

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