Laughing Dog Arts

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Still here, dooleybobber #12

Dooleybobber #13 or Waiting for Spring
11"X11"

I'm still here.  Been playing with the embellisher, the needle felting machine.  Here is a new Dooleybobber I just finished, I also call it Waiting For Spring, because I am.  Aren't we all?  Well, maybe not those friends in Australia.  Here in Oregon we have had a rather mild winter, nothing too drastic as so many others have been experiencing.  I'll take this mild NW winter any day over the extreme winters so many of you others have had.
This piece is so light in weight, I love how the fibers bond to the scrim on the back.  It is hard to anchor a thread in it to stitch the beads and things down. 
I put black felt on the back to give it a bit more substance and to frame the needle felted work. 
I'm enjoying the hand stitching these days.  It helps clear my mind.  I try to just go with the flow, not think too much about what I am doing.
Here is a new piece I have started.  It is machine needle felted to a scrim background, with a fleece piece behind that I will be stitching to.  I was inspired by some denim bits I have to make this.  I'm going to make some denim beads to put on it.  You will see.

Don't forget to check out my creativity group blog, http://foxontherunarts.blogspot.com/.  We are having give aways all month, you still have time to get in on this one that we pick a winner for on the 8th: http://foxontherunarts.blogspot.com/2011/02/second-give-away.html.  Hurry!  You must leave a comment on the original posts to be entered in the give away.  I will be giving one of my dooleybobbers away later this month over there, so be watching for it if you are interested.

Been infatuated with Mumford and Sons lately.  I have to listen to Sigh No More every day or my day isn't complete.  Do you ever get that way with some music?  I'm loving it.  Also the Avett Bros are in my radar. Those guys get so enthusiastic about their music it is contagious.  Love these young groups.  Give them a listen.  
Be well.

22 comments:

Anja said...

This spring needle work is so nice, it got an oh and ah from me. Not so many words, I love it!!

dosfishes said...

Wonderful, playful stitching. The scrim is almost nothing but air (cheesecloth?) or something like it? But of course your hand stitching really makes the pieces what they are, no machine could do that. I would like to play with an embellisher with cloth and paper though.....raining and warmer here...MUD season has begun. xox Corrine

artymess said...

Lovely colours Jan ....I can't get on with the embellisher I have one at school ....:(((....how is Grace getting on all settled in now I hope ..x

Fabric Art said...

Wow Jan your felted piece is fantastic, all these great colors and all the hand embroidery -love it.
Anni

Marlene said...

This piece is lovely and really does evoke thoughts of Spring.

yoborobo said...

I love this new piece! And I will give a listen to those groups. I love find new bands. :) We had an easy-peesy winter, too, and I am not complaining one little bit. xox! Pam

Lisa Criswell / Indigo's Beads said...

i think this doolybobber is one of my favorites. i just love the flow of the colors and the palette. very nice!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Jan, these felted pieces are beautiful!!! I love seeing what you do, especially with the beading. Waiting For Spring is exceptional, and the round piece you're working on looks like the earth from above~~anxious to see where that goes!
Keep doing what you're doing!!! WONDERFUL!

XXOO~~♥
Anne

Janet Ghio said...

Your dooley bobber is really beautiful. I would love to have a felting machine!!

Nancy said...

The colors are beautiful, and there's so much to see in the piece! Denim beads?? Interesting.

audrey said...

Jan, this dooleybobber is so very pretty. And you've already started another one? The blue is beautiful - eager to see what you do with this one.
I am sitting here watching 6 doves pecking away at the seed that has fallen out of the feeders onto the ground. I love watching their little heads bob. Amost hypnotic.
Happy to see this post. I've missed you.
♥ audrey

Robbie said...

What fun you're having!! Love these!

Postcards from Wildwood said...

I really have absolutely no idea what a needlefelting maching is, but I love what you're producing with it! Beautiful work!
Janice.

Patty said...

This is a little world with sparkling stars...yes, it's a new world of spring-hooray!

Marie S said...

It is so nice to see you are enjoying your machine and creating new things.
I love this doolybobber, I thought it was small from looking at the pictures, but it big! Teh colors are very springy.
Have a great week and enjoy your indoor time, it will soon be outdoor time!

April said...

Jan, I'm so excited for you that you've gotten your needle felting machine. I really LOVE #13. It looks so much like a Spring Landscape to me. I really like how all the layers kinda peak through on the edges...especially down on the lower left corner. So neat! AND I like how your Etsy Shop is scrolling your products on the right hand side of your page. So cool! How long will we all be able to resist buying?

Emma said...

Just fabulous! Yes your handstitching really makes it but you could probably afford to start with a slightly thicker (not TOO thick) base, with your scrim next (I love that stuff!) & the rest on top, just to give the needles something to get their teeth into & it won't be too delicate to stitch. Ooooooh, I can hear mine calling!

Can't wait to see yur denim beads - Ii've tried a few denim 'rolls' on purses & cuffs, lovely! You wouldn't believe how many pairs of jeans all my boys have been thru!

Cécile Meraglia said...

These felted pieces are very beautiful.

Beadwright said...

I love what you are doing with the embellisher. Are you safe from the Tsunami? We had to evacuate. Just hoping you are OK.
Nicole/Beadwright

Heloise said...

Well, I am glad that "Blogger" will allow me to comment today. I love the detail in the top one and great blues in the other piece.

Happy weekend.

Bunny said...

Looks like you are having fun with your felting machine. Work is just gorgeous.

Becky said...

I just love these Aunt Jan! Such pretty dooley bobbers! :) I always keep up on your blog and we enjoy reading about what you're up to. I think when we pay you a visit someday maybe I should bring my camera (ok... that was just silly; OF COURSE I'll be bringing that!) and do an editorial of you at work. A "Day in the Life" of sorts. An ode to your creativity!