Thursday, March 19, 2009

Coronado Eagle & Journal Features Val's Art Studio

Thank you, Elizabeth!
For that wonderfully informative article in this week's Eagle & Journal. I tried to post a link to the article here, but apparently, they update the website the week following the current paper. Well, next week you might be able to go online and view the article then. 

So many people are very curious about needle felting, and how it's done. Though I most often do flat or 2-D needle felting onto a surface like a sweater or purse pocket, there is a very different art to 3-D needle felting. Tricky; you are not only designing a dimensional shape while trying to get the proportions correct, but you are trying to make something presentable as well. I have been asked to teach a class on needle felting at Paper Tales, and the Grove, and will let you know as soon as the dates are finalized. If you are loving this art form, please plan to bring a lot of patience with you to the class. The little Harriet QT took me 3 hours to needle felt (not including the dress!), and she's very tiny, standing only about 3" tall. Also, these needle felts are somewhat fragile, so they are not meant for children's toys. They prefer sitting pretty on a shelf, and being adored with loving eyes.

Of course, there are many other options
beyond flat felting and needle felting QT-pies like Harriet. There are the needle felted purse bobs (which can double as a pendant). Not yet introduced to my repertoire, here's  a peek: These have a different set of challenges, namely: beading. Are you ready for this? Best put your best set of eyes forward if you want to try a bit of beading. The biggest challenge is getting that beading needle threaded!

Leave me a message if you are interested in any of these needle felting options. I will take any feedback into account when figuring out the best sort of needle felting class for offer.

Stay tuned for (hopefully) a link to the Eagle article next week. And, again, Elizabeth: thank you very much for your thoughtful and well written article!


Tamerie Shriver said...

I thought those beads were glass! Wow, I would love to learn how to make beads from yarn. They are sooo pretty!!!
I did read the article in the paper yesterday. Very nice. Now that you are famous, will you remember the little people?


Bairbre Aine said...

Oh, the needle felting is what I am soooo interested in.
The beads are lovely, however, I do desire making wee darlings from colourful roving.
I must make my way down to the Grove sometime soon.
Where is Paper Tales????
oh wait, it's in Point Loma isn't it?
Do let me know when the dates for your classes are finalized.
I would like to plan/save ahead of time.
Bairbre Aine