Thursday, November 12, 2009

Enough is Enough!

Thats what I said to myself...all the impatience, all the lamenting, all the self-doubting...so what if I will not be able to pick up the groove where I left off in July, stop complaining about how dry the well is when all I have to do is turn around and I'm facing a river...


Finally! I'm using my machine needle felting and for this moment in time it is enough.  I even laughed when I broke 3 needles in the first 15 minutes of use...(what movie is this from: "I laugh in the face of danger"...I can't recall).


My first attempt was using silk fusion as a base and dmc embroidery floss that was already stitched into the silk.  After the needles broke I switched over to china silk with wool roving and it glides like hot buttered soul...can you dig it? 


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This is my practice piece...I have water-soluble stablizer underneath the silk and I am not using a hoop.  The next one I'll use a hoop and not the stabilizer and the 3rd piece I'll use them both together to see if there is any difference.  Without anything (wool into silk, no stabilizer) there is more bunching of the silk foundation...maybe there is a point where it will equalize out the same as using the stabilizer but I didn't want to use my time to discover this as it does consume time just to complete a small area. 



14 comments:

  1. Relax! I am in the same dry spell space - but it will come back. Think of it as a time to gather; impressions, thoughts,colors,books - then one day you will wake up and be full of inspired steam!
    M

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  2. OK I just came up with a new mangled quote. "When life hands you a dry well, it's a bit harder to make lemonade. But if you drool enough, eventually your cup will runith over." I have no idea what this means. I just like the visualization. (proly something about perseverance)
    I don't know what you said about how you did the piece, but I love the texture of it. I also love your way of experimentation.

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  3. Yum!! I have been there and come out the other side. You will, too. It is in your soul.

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  4. oh wow - this is so beautiful. i love the shading. i think we've all had the dry barren times and trying to relax is so hard - just trust and believe and the springs will well up again. playing with colours and textures without the pressure of 'making art' really helps
    hugs
    f

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  5. not sure if this is the source you had in mind but Simba says it in The Lion King. I'm coming around creatively but still haven't locate the desire or interest in blogging about it. It's a very weird shift for me - like groping through an unknown house in the dark!

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  6. Right there with you, Karoda. I'm revisiting old work to see if I missed something I should be digging into more deeply. But otherwise, I tell myself that the seeds are germinating and when they are ready, they will sprout. I really believe that. Meanwhile, you are entitled to whine a bit - I know how it feels!

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  7. Things are really slow in Canada but I will continue to create for next year, hopefuly things will turn around by then. Creating felted items is one of my passions

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  8. Marie, I so know this in thought...but sometimes the heart isn't receptive and it makes me nuts when I'm in this space and it always seems so all encompassing. I appreciate you speaking up though as its a feeling that it seems only another artist can know.

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  9. Bev, where you drinking when that thought came to you? Or are you working on the line of twisted cards you and Dee came up with?

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  10. Gerrie, that sounds like a making of a poem. :)

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  11. Hi Lisette...and that is always the thing when I get in a funk...I have to trust the process and release myself from having a "goal". thanks.

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  12. Acey, that might be it...lord knows I watched the Lion King a gazillion times when it was first released.
    it was good for me to post this post and just share for the sake of sharing...just to speak to where I was at that moment...I think you've been blogging as long as I have and I wonder if now you get in that space where you ask yourself...is this post for me or for my readers? and if both, how do i make the transition when writing....all that to say...i hope to read you soon :)

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  13. thanks Rayna...its just a part of the artists' experience, eh?

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  14. Hi Elaine, thanks for posting as it lead me to your blog...I've been searching for felters' blogs...

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