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Well, hello there….

Hello there stranger…

It’s been a long time hasn’t it?

I know…I’m sorry…I’ve thought about you often, amongst chaotic moments, big decisions, and new frontiers…you  haven’t been far away in my mind.

I have so many stories to tell & not nearly enough time in a day to get everything I have my heart set on accomplished.

I am only stopping in here a short spell, to share some news and updates, and ….whoosh!!! Off I go again…
My sweet little family and I have relocated to Vancouver Island and I am celebrating this new life we have here, with more space, more openness, lots of garden and more opportunity to dream…..

& on that note……..

Handmade Felt Workshops!

Finally, with spring & summer at our doorsteps, & after many moments of pondering, I am happy to be able to have the extra space to open my doors to those interested in learning how to make handmade felt with me.

The classes are structured to be fully customized for your own interests, which I think is the best part, with a primer in the basic skills of wet & dry felting techniques to get you started.

We then dive into my glorious stash of soft wools, fibres and treats & have some fun.

Would you like to join me?

Together we’ll explore the magic of felting.

some of the topics we cover are:
obtaining three dimensional organic shapes,

felting flat surfaces & surface design,

nuno/laminate fabrics,

incorporating dry felting into wet felting, using moulds & resists to create three dimensional objects.

(not ALL topics will be covered in one class, but we will try to cover most subjects, with an opportunity to come back & learn more! ) See more below!

First, if you are unsure what handmade felt and felting is, here are a few bits of info for you: (thank you wikipedia)
Felt is a non-woven cloth that is produced by matting, condensing and pressing woollen fibres.

While some types of felt are very soft, some are tough enough to form construction materials. Felt can be of any colour, and made into any shape or size.

Wet felting is combining carded wool fibres with friction and lubrication by moisture (usually soapy water). This “wet” process takes advantage of the inherent nature of wool and other animal hairs.

It is this combination which reacts to the friction of the felting process, forcing the scales on the hairs to lock together and thus causing the phenomenon of felting.

Dry felting Needle felting is a popular fibre arts craft conducted without the use of water. Special barbed felting needles that are used in industrial felting machines are used by the artist as a sculpting tool. Using a single needle or a small group of needles (2-5) in a hand-held tool, these needles are used to sculpt the wool fibre. The barbs catch the scales on the fibre and push them through the layers of wool, tangling them and binding them together, much like the wet felting process.

And now the fine print & details:

Location: Central Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada
Class dates & times:

Sunday, May 6th 1 – 4 p.m.

Sunday, May 13th 12 – 3 p.m.

Saturday, May 19th 1 – 4 p.m.

Sunday, June 3rd 12 – 3 p.m.

Sunday, June 10th 12 – 3 p.m.

Saturday June 16th  2 – 5 p.m.

Saturday, July 14th 2 – 5 p.m.

Sunday, July 22nd 1 – 4 p.m.

August & September dates TBA
Maximum number of students per class: 6

$50.00 per class on a sliding scale*
Supplies & materials included.

please bring:
-a drink & snack (you’ll build up an appetite!)

-2 old towels (lots of water will be involved)

-a plastic bag (for wet towels)

-a recycled plastic soap bottle

-pair of rubber gloves (optional)

Children over the age of 6 years old can accompany a paying adult for free, but both must work on the same project together.

Repeat students get a hearty discount on more classes. Once you take a beginner session, we can discuss taking your experience to another level & create more customized sessions for you.

I like to do that sort of thing.

Private lessons also available…Let’s talk.

Payments can be made by:
Sending cash or cheque

Interac etransfer

Paypal

To register please email me at tanisalexis@yahoo.ca with the class date of your choice, your name, email & phone number.

I will send you an email confirmation with payment details.

Once you have paid, I will email you a small questionnaire about your preferences and abilities to customize your class.

And then we do a little happy dance in anticipation of our upcoming felt extravaganza together!

*Sliding scale fee: for those who want to learn but simply cannot afford the class at the full rate, that’s ok! As an artist, I can definitely relate!

Go ahead & email me at: tanisalexis@yahoo.ca and we can talk about what is a comfortable price for you.

Have something you want to swap, trade or barter with? Contact me, we love that sort of thing.

Hope to see some of you around these parts. I really do hope I can inject some creative inspiration into your world, just as much as your enthusiasm will do for me.

Otherwise… I have missed you, even though I’m not very good at regularly checking in.

I hope you can forgive me for the temporary absence & join me in the wonders the near future brings…who knows, maybe we can share our stories with each other soon.

I’d really like that..

much love xo.

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the good people – nesting emily

I’ve been honoured to have shared and traded with Emily in the past couple years. I hope you find some awesome inspiration in what Emily shares with you today.

Thanks everyone for reading. xo!

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-Tell me what you do, who you are, and the area you are located:

My name is Emily Jull, aka nesting.emily. I am a potter and fibre fan.  I am located an hour outside Toronto, Ontario,  in a city called Waterloo.

 hold-lidded-jar-with-lace-and-button-tie

-What lights your creative fire?

Really random things. Nature and other creative folks top the list. A trip to the thrift store or library leaves me with endless inspirations. Right now I am very inspired by vintage lace, raw surfaces, animal totems, bee’s wax and the magical bees who create it. I am also excited by how line and light in nature are always loose but perfect.

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-Do you collect/hoard anything?

I am more of a minimalist. I love a few great pieces rather then a lot. However I do collect white pottery, teabowls and I love to buy/trade for original art. I tend to hoard things I will use in my pots- coloured glass, keys, doilies, wool roving. I am picky about these though.

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-List some of the things that make you happy:

objects? Pods, nests, great pottery, beautiful old wood, items made by those I love, simple organic art (especially fibre or hand printed). Oh and good coffee chocolate anything!

 sounds? Music is very important to me. I listed to it when I pot and it really helps dictate the pots I’ll be making. Right now I am loving Sea Wolf, Laura Marling and New Buffalo. My daughter is constantly finding new music for me. The music I listened to as a teen is still a must: The English Beat, Echo & the Bunnymen and The Clash. I also love the stuff I grew up on Allman Bothers, JJ Cale and above all Stevie Wonder. Songs in the Key of Life by Stevie Wonder is the most joyful important album of all time to me- it has been my fav since I was 4.

The other sounds I love are babies cooing, sandy voices on women, my daughter sleeping, a satisfied sigh and the soft roar of a happy wood kiln.

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colours? I love certain shades of all colours. I love it better when they have organic variances, like you see if fibre work or a great glaze. Among my favs are varying shades of warm white, where raspberry and eggplant mix, mossy green, amber, that grey blue just before the sky gets really dark at night.

smells? Fresh brewed coffee, citrus, cedar, breast feed babies heads, Nag Champa (in small doses), wood smoke, chocolate, rain forest and my husband. 

words? Luscious, organic, simple, worn, shamanistic, natural, sensual, raw….I like what these words bring to mind. 

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images?? My Flickr favourites: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nestingemily/favorites/ 

-There is an unbelievable amount of talent and inspiration on that site. 

-What is one (or more) of your pet peeves? or do you have
any?

Unfortunately I have many, most of which can be summed up by the phrase “mean people suck”.

kitchen

-Describe your (almost) perfect day.

It would either start with sleeping in at home with my hubby or waking up early in a cottage somewhere really beautiful (west coast, east coast or Manitoulin Island). It would include potting (either firing with friends or throwing solo), yoga with my daughter, talks and trades with inspiring creative folks and a great dinner with my favourite people.

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-Do you have a current project that is exciting you? Would you like to share a little bit of it?

I am working on a couple new things that I am excited about, a world in a jar pots and a sort of mobile-sun catcher combo. I will also be expanding my secret desires of animals collection.

 

Thank you so much for sharing with all of us Emily. It is a real treat to see the world you live in and the beautiful things you create!

Check out Emily’s flickr photostream by clicking on any of the photos above – or see what Emily has in her shop at nestingemily.etsy.com! 
xo!

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