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  • Got the Blues?

    Got the Blues?

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    Submitted by: Carmen Ditzler Indigo is the legendary source of colourfast blues and its ability to produce a wide range of shades has made it the most successful dye plant ever known. Indigo can give clear blues that range from the tint of a pale sky to a deep navy that is almost black.  We know it as the blue colour of denim; now dyed using synthetic indigo which was first created in 1880 by Adolph von Bayer.    Natural indigo is obtained from indigo bearing plants, the most significant one being indigofera tinctoria. The plant produces a colourless glucose...

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  • Art or Craft?

    Art or Craft?

    The argument over what is considered “art” and what is “craft”is almost as old as the chicken and the egg. There are many points to this discussion that could be discussed and of course, it usually depends on who may be discussing them.Quick definitions of each: Art-the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.Craft- an activity involving skill in making things by hand.The key to both is skill and imagination. The ability to vision and then...

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  • From Farm to Factory, to Needle Felting Art by Leah Wilson

    From Farm to Factory, to Needle Felting Art by Leah Wilson


    From Farm to Factory, to Needle Felting Art Submitted by Leah Wilson, Owner & Instructor for Amazing Felted Fibre Arts. Fleece has moved with us through time. Sheep have offered us more than being a “cute” farm animal, the wool has saved people from freezing & fire a few times. Today wool offers us a medium for artistic expression. Now we can “paint” with wool, (no paint required) by needle felting. For centuries, people have used wool felt for clothing, footwear, dwellings, and a variety of textile needs. Traditional “felt” involves agitating wool fibre using hot water & sometimes soap (wet felting). Needle felting...

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  • What is Needle Felting? Lets Talk about Stabbing...

    What is Needle Felting? Lets Talk about Stabbing...

    Submitted by Artist Leah Wilson of Amazing Felted Fibre Arts Needle felting is a process which uses barbed needles to interlock loose wool fibers to form a more condensed 2D art or material or 3D sculpture. The most common thing said during a Needle Felting Workshop is "Just Keep Stabbing!" with the warnings found on most instructions for Needle Felting: "The Needles are Sharp!" & "Needle Felting is addictive!" The constant stabbing motion is all powered by the hand & wrist, because of the addictive quality, time can slip away (it takes a long time to felt something). To ensure...

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  • Carmen Ditzler | Fly in the Fibre | Creston BC

    Local Artists are Worth Supporting

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    Outsourcing has become a “norm” for small business artists. There are many reasons this practice takes place such as keeping up with demand or having smaller tasks performed by others. The decision to outsource is, I am sure, not one people would take lightly. The decision to purchase outsourced products should not be taken lightly either.There are many pros and cons to this practice that could provide a healthy debate but I would like to focus on the support and payment of our local Canadian artists. By paying artists the money they ask it shows them that we support their...

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  • Captivating World of Wet Felting

    Captivating World of Wet Felting

    Written by: Carmen Ditzler This is not dollar store craft felt! It’s called Wet Felting. Felt is at home, on a high fashion runway as wearable art, in a costume for Cirque de Soleil, as a humble pair of slippers at home, as well as on the steppes of Mongolia. Felt is the traditional material used by the nomads of Mongolia for their homes- called a Ger- (sometimes referred to as yurts). For basic felt a washed and combed wool such as Merino is laid out in overlapping layers onto bubble wrap. It is then wet with warm soapy water...

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