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tips & tricks

current works, originally uploaded by tanisalexis.

‘Tis the season for some learning! 🙂 I recently participated in Nanaimo’s first Swap-o-rama-rama, and met so many new people all looking to learn some new tips and tricks about how to upcycle their shunken and worn out old sweaters. My completed project was felt fascinators for the hair, all put together with a bunch of needle felting, but once those needles came out it was apparent that most people wanted to ditch the project and make something of their very own. one woman made a big patch to pin on her coat shaped like an eye. It was awesome to see what people created.
With this in mind and realizing I have a whole load of information about felt making bumping around in my head, as well as a giant vial full of brand new felting needles (Thanks Moxie!) that it would be a shame to not open this fun up on a more regular basis.
You see, the problem I have had in the past with planning these sorts of workshops is the idea factory I run in my brain…it never stops…I treat the learning process in the same way I treat the creating process, instinctively, intuitively, naturally…
these will be open classes.
to participate, you will need to sign up with me for any of the dates times I have open (see below) and I’ll send you a list of basic materials you need to bring.  (as well as a minimum fee* of $15 which includes supplies and guidance on your project. )

don’t have an idea for what you want to make? have something specific in mind that you want help with? I provide assistance with all things wool felt and together we discuss the merits as well as design the project together if need be. 🙂
I offer one-on-one fully custom classes for the felt/fiber lover who is interested in delving deep with me and exploring the many facets of wool & felt.**

Assist me on a large project or we design something of our very own, and you will take your project home.

Based on discussions through email or on the phone we will decide what our goals are, gather resources and plan for a whole big explosive time together felting our hearts out. (Small deposit and pre-registration required)
Good music, yummy snacks to keep us fueled and a big imagination are mandatory, please bring yours and I’ll bring mine. 🙂
Plan a ladies afternoon, a small birthday gathering, a special treat for yourself or just a blissful time to learn a new art.
Email me at:
tanisalexis@yahoo.ca for more information

felting tips&tricks workshops /sunday afternoons: bring a snack, your current project or an idea. email: tanisalexis@yahoo.ca to pre-register.***

Sunday, March 9th
Sunday, April 20th (Easter Weekend!) Cancelled.
Sunday May 18th
Sunday, June 22nd

additional dates available for custom classes. please email me for more information.

* $15 minimum fee is in consideration of those with a limited income. If you can afford to pay more, it is encouraged as this only serves for me to provide more classes, with better supplies and materials for you to benefit from. 🙂 Thank you for supporting artistry and learning.

**wool felt is the earliest fabric known to man, and predates spun and woven fabric. wool felt is created by the friction of fibres rubbing up against one another in order to bind closely and tangle to make a sturdy, warm and versatile fabric. two main types of felt making are dry felting (needle) and wet felting, a combination of these techniques along with a variety of materials and supplies the possibilities of felt making and design are endless!

*** located in beautiful Nanaimo on Vancouver Island in B.C. Canada. Guest rooms available for out of town guests with preregistration, phone confirmation and deposit. Too far away to visit? See some of my online tutorials available here.

happy felting everyone! and much love.

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Love!!!

a little good news for you all, dear readers. I am doing an occasional guest blog spot over at the fab rikrak studio blog

it is a fun little spot that features about 10 or so of my current favourite things. swing on by and check out the first (click the fun icon above) and enter for your chance to win a $75.00 giveaway from my shop!
Thanks for the love friends. XO!

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work in progress

cells, originally uploaded by tanisalexis.

the title to this post could be a song for the soundtrack of my life. it’s where I’m at most days, but particularily in the field of creativity.
I’ve said it all too many times so I won’t continue with it, but time eludes me. I am gaining quite a bit more balance with life now that my wee one is 9 months old. there is finally a chance to understand that crazy word: ‘routine’ that all those baby advisors tell you about from day 1. and trust me, it wasn’t easy. both the wee one and myself had to figure lots of things out before we fell into the lap of ‘routine’. I can understand now why people talk about it so much when parenthood arrives..it’s so much easier to maintain a little bit of sanity when ‘routine’ is kicking around!!

so I’ve had some wonderful people approach me about some custom orders in the last few months. these are understanding, loving and appreciative people who know what I do, love what I do, and respect these moments of crazy that a new mom occasionally has. it’s a beautiful thing.
above is a photo of a current ongoing project on my hands. I call them cells. more like, big, fuzzy, wooly stitched circles on circles. a perfect pile of creative projects that I can pick up when time allows.. stitching an edge, adding a little flair, or tacking on more cirles…the person who has requested them had left colours up to me which is a nice bonus. They would like about a dozen, so I’ve cut out more than I need and maybe if I have some leftover from the order, I can post them into my shop later on. (which is a whole other story about time management! hey, this is progress, friends!! hahaha!)

more soon! xo

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medallions of authenticity

little reminders of your true self.
you are real and good.

hand painted ‘cameos’ in acrylic and ink on leather.
polwath wool felt background with machine or hand embroidered stitching.
ribbon to hang.

Happy New Year friends!!!
I am finally getting back to some normal paced activities after a long exhausting holiday and autumn.
Our little baby bean was born September 26th and we spent the next couple of months in a delirilous newborn/new parent state. surreal is not a big enough word to describe it. we’re sleepily and madly in love with our new baby girl.

so now that the holidays are behind us, & a fresh new slate ahead, I am trying to jump back up on the horse and get a much as I can get done during nap-times.
This includes finishing off a heap of half-finished projects I found recently (including above photo) and to get listing some new creative objects into my etsy shop.

I hope this new year of 2010 is filled to the brim with heart felt wishes come true for all of us.
Lots of love
xoxo

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….and the winner is…

without further ado, the winner of our tomate d’ epingles graffiti necklace giveaway is:

alexkeller!!! see her great blog here: http://alexkellerblog.blogspot.com/

I was hoping that more people would post their comments to enter the giveaway, but then again the upside to so few entries is more chances to win.

we used random.org to generate the results.

rarndom.org

I will be contacting Alex shortly with the good news but in the meantime I would love to extend thanks to each of you for your interest and send my best wishes your way.

Enjoy the days, friends!!
XO!

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