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Felted animals

Last Fridayeve I got inspiration and felt the urge (finally) to felt myself an Ant. So Saturday I sat in my studio and started with making this: 

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A pen next to it, so you can get a clue about its real seize. 

I never made anythign like this before. Massiv 3D wetfelt, It turned out nice and quicker as thought (or was I so focussed I didn't notice time passing by???? )

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The Ant is a symbol for a hard worker, soicial in a  group, together and patience. It is also a very stong insect as it can carry up to 50 times its own weight.

I also wanted to felt a goldfish so also that one I made...

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maybee a little bigger as I should have made, but I love it anyway...

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I descided some embroidery would make it even better. 

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Hello!! how are you??? Blub blub

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The Goldfish: 

The gold fish brings good luck in the form of tranquility, wisdom and long life. It is one among the eight sacred symbols of the Buddha where they represent fertility, abundance and harmony with the flow of life.

I think I wil turn my studio into a felted animals zoo ;-)  

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Vase and bottles

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Yes!! I think I found my felting spirit back :)  

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Which one would you prefer?  I'd love your advices.

left: with a lid, felt  cut away until the closure

middle: with a lid but felt heigh , only little seen from the glass

right: no lid/ closure at all.

Enjoy your Sunday!!

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Yesterday September 14th the shop of Craftst and Co finally opened. The concept is that artists can rent 3 m2 , present their works on that space and leave it there during the  6 days of the week the shop is open. Good thing is as we are with many we don;t have to be in the shop ourselves every day, but approximately 3 days a month. 

I am very excited  and hope i 'll be able to sell good there. Feels great being a member of such project

CRAFTS & CO Handmade Goods

sint Pieterstraat 72 in Maastricht


The persons whom thought this out is Joemon en Peggy Thekkaekurikattukunnal-Braeken.

We had a few opening speeches from 3 other people and the last one did a special meditation session  and made us all stand in a huge circle :)

Then we were officially open  :)  Here is my table

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Vieuw form the other side

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Behind my place , notice little of  the loom in the left 

Today I'll be going there again from 12 til 17h . Hope to see you there!

Other days I'll be there myself in September; 

Wednesday 18th

Friday  27th from 14.h

Saturday 28th 

Opening hours: 

MOnday closed

Tuesdays, wednesdays, thursdays, fridays from 9.30- 17.30 h

Saturdays  from 9.30-17.00 h

Sundays    from 12.00- 17.00h

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new works

Finally :) I managed to finish and make some new things again: a bookcover, 3 bracelets and while watching a movie yesterday evening 10 little angels, still need to needle felt a little on them and add a necklace. 

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But the most happy I am with the  fact the wrap skirt on a saree which was laying on my table for more than 3 weeks is now finished.

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Side A the fabric side  and side B the wool side

Now doubting to keep it for my self or sell it  and if I sell it how much to ask for it? It is a truly unique piece.....

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Meg made some pictures of me wearing it, but my camera is still broken, need a new one :( so some pictures aren't as sharp as I wished they were. Now what to make next another wrapskirt???

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Hmm Maybee I better first finish these sweet angels . 

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While being in North Beypore among wonderful people from South Africa, Mexico, Canada, Belgium,  the Netherlands and of course the people from North Beypore itself. I not only gave feltingworkshops but I also particpated in the other workshops.

 First day we started with making a felted bag, with me as the teacher. The bag I started with was finished by Meg…. and Janna also wanted to have one too,  so I made her one as well.. non for me, but that is ok

felting a bag, viltalakim, Tasara weavigncentreAfter felting we tie-dyed the bags, but as Meg used already colored wool she only wanted her handles to be dyed. Janna’s bag was tied and dyed and at first she didn’t really liked the outcome, but after drying they both even embroidered on it in a wonderful area called Wanayard district, the tea garden of the Vasudevan and his family. And now she is very proud and happy with it.

viltalakim, India, Wayanad the top row is Janna’s bag the bottom Meg’s

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And as Meg’s bag was my how- to do- it bag she has an extra pocket inside

viltalakim, bag, tas, vilt, felt The second day Mignong Hattingh was the teacher and she showed us all how to make a nuno felted scarf on an old saree from Shanta. What was new for me was that she used netting in combination with plastic bags to rub over it. I normally only roll my nunofelting. It was fun to do it different as used :)

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 This was the result:

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OK enough for today… will be continued with blockprinting


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