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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

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    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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  • Incredible Diversity of Fibre Arts

    Incredible Diversity of Fibre Arts

    There are so many ways to create with wool Fibre in today’s world. Here in the Creston Valley we have many opportunities to learn how to create with this diverse material. Here are only a few of the different skills class participants have learned so far:Wet Felting- the process of applying soap and variating temperatures of water alongside agitation to wool to form felt. Wet felting is a very old process and some say it is the oldest textile dating back 6,000 years to the nomadic sheep herders who wore felted clothing (Chad Alice Hagen, 2005). Contemporary wet felting can...

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  • Slice of Paradise- a Gift that Keeps Giving

    Slice of Paradise- a Gift that Keeps Giving

    A Slice of Paradise has a precious story. This quilted landscape was created by twelve different ladies, some of whom belonged to the Creston Valley Fibre Artisans. The creators all have different skill levels, different personalities, and different perspectives of the beautiful valley we live in. The ladies each had a section of an aerial photograph that was taken by local photographer, Ken Alexander. Without consideration of what any of the other ladies were going to do, they set to work on quilting their section. When they came back together after two years and started putting the panels together there...

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