Laughing Dog Arts

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Wonky Heart

Here is my latest felted stitched piece.  First I wet felted some colorful roving to a piece of salvaged white wool batting.  I didn't felt it completely and finished with needle felting the roving down a bit better before I began adding the stitched and beaded embellishments.
Here are some close ups
Added a few buttons also.  I am enjoying this slow cloth process.

I don't know if I will do anything else to this piece, the edges might need something but I kind of like it just the way it is.
In other news, I was fortunate to win two giveaways this week!  Wow!  First I won Marie's gorgeous hand made cabochon, I will hope to do something cool with it.  You can find Marie here:  She is so talented and generous and seems to be just an all around nice person. Thanks, Marie!!
Today I won Tristan's giveaway.  He was giving all sorts of cool art supplies and I was excited to win.  I will be sure and put these things to good use.  Tristan is here:  He has the most eye candy and the funniest posts anywhere.  It is always a treat to stop by his blog, you never know what to expect.  Thanks Tristan!

Hope everyone is enjoying their week.  It is still raining here, it got up to a toasty 55 degrees today!  Practically let the fires go out it is so warm.  Still some coals there, I believe I shall toss another piece of wood on, warm it back up in the studio here.  No sense making art with cold hands if I can help it.

Listening to Chris Smither today.  Beautiful guitar music and fun lyrics.

Be well.
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Robbie said...

I like your 'wonky heart'...I've not done much with the felting..made a vessel once and it about killed my hands! Easier to knit and put in washer machine! Lazy, yes! Can't wait to see what all you do with your 'winnings'! How cool! Congrats!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Jan, these felted anmd stitched pieces youre doing are just fabulous! So much color and movement and texture!
I think I love them all....♥


Marlene said...

Beautiful piece Jan. The colors are gorgeous together.

sjmcdowell said...

Wow!! This piece is Gorgeous Jan.
I love the colors so much. I have some wool roving and all I have made so far is one orange ball...ha ha!!
Anyway the beading is lovely too!!
Do I spot I a bead that I know?? :D

Have a Fantastic Day!!


Approachable Art said...

Your hand work is really gorgeous, Jan, I'm envious.

Linda said...

So glad I found your blog.....I have a lot to catch up on! Your felted piece is delightful; such fabulous colours.

maggi said...

Love the felted piece Jan. So much colour and variety. Congratulations on your wins.

yoborobo said...

Hi Jan! I LOVE this new piece. And I like the way it looks now (finish-wise). It is simply gorgeous! As for you winning EVERYTHING...geesh, Jan. ;) Seriously, congrats! I won one of Marie's hearts, and it is amazing! xox

Bunny said...

Hi Jan your new piece is gorgeous. Love the colours and the beautiful beadwork is wonderful. Have not had much time to visit blogland lately been busy with stuff.

Julie ZS said...

Hi there Jan, really love this wonky heart piece. Needle felting is really fun isn't it? Great embellishments!

Marie S said...

Oh, I just love this piece and the colors you have used on it. I also love hearts. Great job.
I am so glad you got lucky this week ;-D and thanks so much for the shout out!!
Have a great weekend Jan!!!

Martha Bright said...

I love these colors, Jan. This looks like one of my old watercolor paintings. Do you do this needle-felting by hand or do you use the Bernina attachment? The wool batting idea intrigues me--cotton batting does not work so well, I think... You poor thing with the weather! Back in January I was wishing I were in your neck of the woods. Not now ;) Seriously, it sounds like eternal early spring...

Ces said...

My goodness, Jan! These are intricate. OMG! I clicked on the images and noticed the tiny beads!

Aaaah! Do you wear glasses? You must be wearing glasses. I will go batty blind with this type of work plus my stitches will be so tight from tension.

Very colorful. I like them.

Nancy said...

The close up photos really reveal the work that has gone into this. Absolutley lovely!!

Have you seen Susan Sorrell's work? You might like it, if you are not already familiar with it.

Hope your ATCs from the Yahoo group arrive soon... they'll be worth the wait I'm sure! Nancy

oldblackcatboo said...

Hey! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving the nice comment!
I adore Pam! She's just the sweetest.
I just came inside from working in the flower garden, thought I'd cool off and have just hit 90 degrees, I'd gladly send you some of this hot air!
Love your heart! Such beautiful colors! I'm jealous of the whole Llama thing! Lucky!!!
In the early eighties my friends, my sister and I all worked out at a body-builder gym (anyone that knows me now would never believe it! Ugh!) I was never near competition level but my best friend competed a few times. Wow! That's a flashback!, I'll be back! and thanks for stopping by.
Oh! I know so MANY wonderful pits! People don't realize that it's the Lhasa Apso's you gotta watch out for! LOL!

Jan said...

Thanks everyone, for your kind comments. I have replied privately to everyone that I am able to, but if you have a no reply link, I try to reply to your blog spot or else right here.

Nancy, yes, I am familiar with Susan Sorrell's work and I adore it!

OBCB, thanks for coming by my blog and taking such a long look, I appreciate it.

Ces, I do wear glasses when I bead unless I am in some very good daylight and am not using tiny black beads. Your drawings must require plenty of good eyesight. Thanks for stopping by.

Martha, maybe you can spend winters here and i can spend summers there! I'm just using a hand held felting needle, I broke all the needles fast in my machine attachment.

Thanks again for all your comments.

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Your work is soooooooooooo beautiful! Every time I see one of your pieces it makes me want to try my hand at mixed media, just no time, darn it. When I do have time I do some stringing, mine is crafty yours is art. Again, beautiful!

Karen S said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I love the colors and the stitching.

Susan said...

Love the hand stitching and the colors. Beautiful!

Robin Olsen said...

This is so fun and cheerful!

Johwey Redington said...

This is so wonderful and colorful! Thanks for sharing.

audrey said...

W O W !!!

♥ audrey