I have four needle felted pillows in shades of pretty pastels available for purchase in my Etsy shop. I made this series of pillows because I wanted to see how the colors of one skein of wool yarn reacted to backgrounds of different colors. Which colors would stand out? Which colors would recede? It's COLOR THEORY in practice. Take a look for yourself to see what you think... Couldn't resist taking photos of one of my stuffed toys with the pillows! :-)
I've added two sets of egg cozies to my Etsy shop -- one is this set of 4 chickens, and the other is a set of 4 Pugs. Both are made from felted wool sweaters, with felt, trim and lace, buttons & beads used to adorn them. I've designed these myself, and they are entirely hand-crafted by moi.
I grew up reading two English children's magazines -- Teddy Bear and Jack & Jill. We had friends of the family who were British and I was the lucky recipient of these mags after their kids were done with them. I have NEVER been done with them and have them to this day. This was probably were I first learned about egg cups and egg cozies, as they were in so many of the illustrations. A character named Silly Billy (a sillier /less mean version of Highlight's Goofus) used paints on his egg and made a big mess; other characters had cracked open the tops of their soft-boiled eggs and were dipping their toast points inside.
I'm so happy that egg cups are easy to find in U.S. kitchen stores. I'm a proponent of setting tables that look welcoming and fun, and making the breakfast table in particular look cute -- even on an ordinary day -- can set a happy tone, whether you're setting for one or for a gang.
To that end, AND so your egg cups and egg cozies make sense on your breakfast table, here's a recipe for...
Sometime in the not-so-distant past, I realized that I've been working with felt my entire life. I was no doubt influenced by my mom, who made banners for the churches we attended both in New Jersey and in Connecticut, and influenced by her FELT STASH, which was remarkable for its SIZE and SCOPE and for the smallest pieces that would be saved. When I say that my Mom's rule-of-thumb regarding felt scraps was to save every piece larger than an inch, I'm not exaggerating for effect. She said it; she lived it; she passed on this tendency to me.
Some of my earliest memories regarding felt/fabrics/stitching are these:
I've finished a new batch of tea cozies made from felted wool sweaters and blankets and have put them in my Etsy shop.
I made the tea cozy above for a friend of mine -- she owns a cat who's white and has one green eye and one blue eye. I'd been doing some research about knots (and celtic knots in particular) when I stumbled onto some inside info about this type of cat. I found out about an old Irish poem called Pangur Bán, written in about the 9th century by an Irish monk. It's said that Pangur Bán (meaning "white Pangur") helped his owner write and that with his blue eye he could see the real world, and with his green eye he could see faeries. This captured my imagination because I'd been working on a faerie-themed project.
So what do you do when something captures your imagination? You start incorporating it into your crafting. Here's a Pangur Bán finger puppet:
WAY TOO LONG since I last blogged! Time to correct that starts... NOW! Off & Running with some new items called Heartfelt Pockets, made from scraps of felted wool sweaters. They're a great way to use up the smaller, harder-felted pieces in the "stash", and since my mother taught me that you save pieces of felt that are an 1" square or larger, you gotta know my stash is pretty impressive. These pockets can be used to stow a love note or poem, or can even accommodate a small toy or gift.