Off the Hook

  • Meet the Instructor: Carmen Ditzler

    Meet the Instructor: Carmen Ditzler

    Meet the Instructor Series Fly in the Fibre introduces our favourite instructors starting this month with Fibre Artist Extraordinaire Carmen Ditzler of Hermit Felt Carmen Ditzler, Fibre Arts Creator & Teacher  “Find me on a walk poking into nooks and crannies, pockets full of rocks and treasures.  Fascination with nature is at the core of my art- noticing textures, colours, and weird lines.  It's been nine years now, captured by wool, making felt in a crooked little studio, heated by trees in the Kootenays of British Columbia.   Seeing what wool will do, what happens to the colour and the surface...

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  • Learning is Messy

    Learning is Messy

    Thanks so much to Leslie for sharing her fibre fail with us. The little bunny pictured above was her work of art that she tried very hard to get it to look like the picture in her head and it didn't make it. If you are like me, you will see that bunny and think "aw he's cute". Unfortunately for Leslie he didn't quite meet her expectations. Learning is messy.Allowing yourself to learn from those moments when your expectations don't quite make it will provide big value in your learning experience. Hours go into experimenting and using your curiosity to...

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  • Master of Gussets

    Master of Gussets

    Challenging yourself to perfect the dreaded heel on a knitted sock.
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  • Fulling vs Felting

    Fulling vs Felting

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    Sometimes these two terms get mixed up and can get confusing.  So in a nutshell; felting is when wool fibres are joined together using soap, water and friction (wet felting) or barbed needles stabbed repeatedly into the fibres (dry felting or needle felting).  Fulling, is when wool is spun into a thread or yarn, then knit or woven into a cloth- that is then shrunk.   Sometime this shrinking process is on purpose and results in a strong, thicker, more water/wind resistant fabric- think of a “boiled wool” coat.  Sometimes the shrinking is by accident and results in a lovely...

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  • Flowers In a Vase

    Flowers In a Vase

    Expanding skills from one artistic medium to another. Inspired to "paint" with wool.
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  • The Making of a Sheep

    The Making of a Sheep

    One particularly interesting thing about creating an object that you can picture in your mind is that it very rarely turns out the way you think it will. When the piece is created the artist can go two ways, try to perfect it for what they had in mind or they can let it go and move on. Our sheep has its own personality and he decided when I was done. The sheep has no name. Actually, some days he doesn’t have an identity either. He has been called a dog and sometimes a cow. I don’t believe his feelings...

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