Archive for August, 2013

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It’s Fall – You Should Felt

August 29, 2013

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Fall in the Bay Area has a calming golden light, balmy weather and fresh sweet apples. It makes you want to make felt doesn’t it?

We had the ” Blue Felt ” class this weekend and I taught 3 things ;

1. If you are struggling with the color and imagery in your felt start adding blue, preferably a deep pure blue. Blue is the most restful and settling color, as you add more blue the piece will become more beautiful.

2. If all else fails you can save any felting disaster  by dyeing it in an indigo pot, everything looks good dyed indigo blue.

3. When you dip felt into indigo pot – first presoak it plain warm water. On your first dip go for 10 seconds , then 30 seconds to 1 minute for the next dips. Wait half an hour to an hour between dips. Let the piece dry completely. Wait at least a week before you wash out the indigo. The longer you wait the better  . Wash using lots of hot water and soap and finish with a bit of vinegar in the water.

I learned something new this weekend too. I went to Dharma to buy new Theoria Dioxide to reduce the indigo pot. The thiox we had been using was very old , maybe 10 years old and yellow. Well – this new fresh thiox was amazing , it reduced the pot searing yellow and the indigo really bit . This will be much better – who knew ?

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So now is a good time to sign up for fall felting classes – on Sat Sept14 we will be doing “Felt Things to Wear ” which will cover yardage , wraps and simple vests with nuno felting. You will get something fine to wear for sure.

In Oct you can felt for one day or a whole weekend Sat Oct 12 is  “Color and Felting in Felt ” ” and Sunday is ” The Great Fundamentals of Felting “. I have had a request for needle felting in that class. You can sign up for 3 classes and save 30.00 bucks . Or 100 a piece. Classes need to be paid in advance and are non transferable. There is a 2 week cancellation policy.

I’ve been told there is a problem with the e-mail address c.hoffberg@deepcolorstudio.com. In emergency try

josh@deepcolorstudio.com

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Big Felting

August 21, 2013

Nancy's feltThis is a very large felt piece  was made in my” Big Felting ” advanced class and is by my student  Nancy Rodriguez Bell. The patches were made by weaving  together multicolor roving. It looks like light is streaking behind it. I really like the light blacks and the dark blacks together.

The trick for the large felt is churning the felt in a hot bucket of soap and water by hand.

Brendas FeltThis large felt is by Brenda Loreman , you can see her feet here. All this felt is built out on a grid first.

I think these felts will be used as blankets -they are very light and warm. It’s tiring to move so much wet felt around but once you felt big – you will want to keep working big.

As they say about art ” Make it big or make it red !”