Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Blue Bird Bowl




This sweet bowl is the result of another custom order. My customer had ordered a bowl with a sparrow for her grandmother and when her mother saw it, she wanted one with a blue bird. I am rather proud of the way this one turned out and it is so happy and springy!




The bowl is first crocheted and felted in the washer. This takes about 3 - 4 cycles in very hot water. After a few days of drying, the design is needle felted in place. Needle felting is a technique that uses sharp barbed needles to stab roving repeatedly into the surface. I have just started learing the needle felting technique and am so amazed at the detail that can be added. I will caution you - it is addicting and somewhat dangerous - those needles are sharp! I have stabbed myself a few times in the learning process.


9 comments:

Kelly said...

Looks great! Keep us all posted when you update! Congrats on joining the blogging world. :)

ElegantSnobbery said...

So lovely, Valerie! I love the look of needle felting, and your work is truly beautiful!!!

Welcome to the world of blogging! I love it!

Mixed Species said...

Being a shop made up of four crazy guys you have opened our eyes as to how cool felting can be!

New England Quilter said...

Val - you have outdone yourself again! I love visiting your shop, because I never know what amazing piece of art I will find there.

Marcyanna said...

Very nice work- amazing detail! I didn't know you could do that with felting. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Lorraine said...

I am amazed! Even though I am an artist myself I never heard of felted jewelry or felted anything.. You do lovely and creative work! Nice to meet you!

Lorraine

marsha said...

I am totally blown away by your work. So unique and such lovely items too!

Tall Cottage Thoughts said...

Your bluebird bowl is a piece of art. It's far too pretty to use.
You do amazing felt work. How long have you been felting?

As I mentioned yesterday, I only started blogging in May and I find it so addicting. You must be torn between 3 worls: the real world, the wonderful of knitting, and the infinite cyberspace.

Tall Cottage Thoughts said...

Sorry for the typo - the word was meant to be worlds.