Thursday

Felt Connoisseur

Most of the items in my shop currently are made with felt. Rather than being a connoisseur of wine, I'm a connoisseur of felt! (See this Wikipedia article for everything you ever wanted to know about felt) I'm always on the hunt for really nice felt. I have found Spanish wool, wool, hand-dyed, made with recycled plastics, and craft felt. Of course there is also the felt that you can make from wool garments... I found yards and yards of felt at a local thrift shop, but I'm going to use that when I get around to making paper --to absorb the excess water between layers of felt. Don't hold your breath for paper in my shop, it could be years before I get around to that project!

While traveling the Pacific Coast Highway last fall, I stopped at a quilt shop, Forget-me-Knots, in Brandon, Or., and found the felt that graces the cuffs that are in my Etsy shop, Waterrose.etsy.com . It is hand-dyed and absolutely beautiful! My current felt discovery was found in an Etsy shop, MissSewItAll.etsy.com . Her shop carries beautiful fabrics from some of the major designers. You can see by this picture she also has (only one collection left!) some beautiful felt. It's sitting on my design table at the moment. As I pass it I have to reach out and touch it...the colors are rich and just waiting to be made into something beautiful. I have to stay away from this shop...it is a fabriholics worst nightmare! When you talk with Miss Sew It All...you can tell that you would love to have her as your next door neighbor if you collect fabric --not only is she funny, but I'm sure she knows the best tactics for getting fabric into the house without anyone knowing....except the dog!

I love making the cuffs that I began designing a month ago. I haven't been embroidering much over the last year, at least not until I began making the embroidered rings. I've been busy with the quilt that I posted about earlier this week. I'm also working on a book that I've been writing for quite a while about quilting. 
So, when I began sitting down to embroider these cuffs the design ideas came pouring out of my brain. I had to sit and draw some of them, since I can't make them as fast as I think them up. So, if I don't stop playing on etsy ...I'll never get around to making them all! With that...I will bid the computer adieu and get busy making some new cuffs for your enjoyment!

20 reviews:

twolefthands said...

I totally understand yout felt obsession! I have a casket size plastic tub full of wool felt! It gets felted the minute it comes in my door! You are quite the author and very good with words! I enjoyed reading your blog very much!

SEWphisticate said...

i am obsessed with fabric in general, but special occasion fabrics specifically. if you saw the plastic tubs in my workshop and the boxes stacked up in the garage...yikers!

your work is beautiful and feminine with an old fashioned air about it. it makes me think of victorian women with soft hair do's and lacy blouses. a quieter, gentler time without all the rushing around that seems to surround me these days.

Toons said...

I love your work, and the colours you have chosen for your blog are lovely. Calming.

artsyclay said...

Nice blog and your felt work is gorgeous!

picciolo said...

hi, I too love felt, most of the things I create are made using it in some way. I loved your post on your name, what an intriguing mystery.
: )

Denise said...

Your cuffs are unique and beautiful...

BackwoodSophisticate said...

Your work is gorgeous!! I am glad I found you. I am very interested in felt and you have lots of info here.

Patti said...

Such lovely work! The fabric has such richness to it. And your avatar is spectacular!

The Vintage Sister Studio said...

I think your felted items are beautiful and I love the story about your Grandfather and how your name came about. Good luck to you!
Tracy

Distressing Delilah said...

I have my own obsessions..more since joining etsy..so I totally understand! Your work is gorgeous!

Octavine Illustration said...

lovely blog. and your work is so delicate and feminine. absolutely beautiful. cheers.

Helen said...

Nice blog, deserving of the great review :)

Leanne Lonergan said...

This is a great blog. Lovely pictures and photos. The way you write makes me want to sit down in person with you to chat!

soandsewcrafty said...

Your work and your blog are fantastic....(must go back and thank TAD again for helping to find you!)

Annie Howes said...

Wow, your work is stunning!

Annie

http://anniehoweskeepsakes.blogspot.com

HomeMadeOriginals said...

My obsession is with felt from fulled wool sweaters. I just found your blog today. Yesterday I posted a photo of an embroidered felted cuff that is now in my Etsy shop. I have more embroidered cuffs and other felted items with embroidery I'm working on also. And today, I'm looking at the beautiful yellow cuff on your blog. Now, I'm off to see what you have in your Etsy shop.

The Downtown Boutique said...

Your cuffs are just beautiful! I too have an obsession...with fabric, with scrapbooking supplies, with jewelry-making supplies, with books. Yikes! I better get rid of something. My hubby is SO patient with me. Good to see you featured on Timothy Adam's blog. Now I need to go check out your shop!

Angie

chelsea said...

I can't wait to do a trade with you.. I drool over those cuffs. Why am I suddenly attracted to bracelets?

Waterrose said...

Thanks everyone for the kind words and support!

Chelsea....cause you are going somewhere cold..and will need to keep those wrists warm!

moonbindery said...

That wool felt looks so pretty! Love the colours.

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