I have, over time, developed the bad habit of starting new projects before finishing old ones. So this week, I have been trying to tidy up and finish up projects sitting around my studio. I am trying to clean up my act. I suppose when a felted item doesn't turn out the way I wanted it the urge to embellish dies with a thump. Why bother when it won't be an item for sale or even good enough to give as a gift? Too many white elephants on the learning curve.
So I am beading the collar on the turquoise cape because it really did need a bit of bling before it was completed. The collar will make the whole garment stand out. I did felt two handbags, but I suspect that resist felting is not my forte yet. I will need a lot more practice before I produce something that I could sell. Perhaps nuno felting and sewing the handbag pieces? Hats are coming along well. I finished a purple and gold one that is felting as we speak and I finished a lovely scarf that will match a hat. I have a charcoal gray hat the I am working on now, so there is progress.
It's all go for the Dingle Fibre weekend on September 25th. I am tentatively going to call it Lámhdhéanta or Handmade in English. While most of the workshops will be just textile initially, I would love to see other handcrafts included if we can get going. I am in the middle of contacting people, inquiring about space and funding, and putting a committee together. A committee of people is a tricky thing because they have to be people that are workers and all get along. Not always an easy task. And not too big a committee or else we will never get agreement on core issues. I think five people sounds good, an odd number in case we can't agree. I know I should start with just the Saturday, but my guy says do an optional Sunday for crafts that need more practice time. It's hard to rush a learning a new skill because if you don't get enough immersion then you don't go home and practice. It's a waste of time. Must have the committee agree on that one!
No pictures today as my camera is not uploading photos. I think I need to get a new memory card, but either way my computer is locking up when I try to upload. Not a good sign. I installed new anti-virus, so applications should be safe enough. Thank God I have insurance on this computer so if it ever does go BANG then I just go and get a new one.
I will post again in the next couple of days when I can get some pictures to upload....