I’ve been having loads of fun recently making small things!

I’d never really entertained the idea of diddly bits until Nicky, who runs our local craft shop, Seahorse, suggested it. So…I made a set of brooches for “Origin“.

Group of nest brooches

I’ve tried various approaches to corsage, peonies, poppies: none of which really worked in my estimation. Then I tried making these nests by creating tension in the felt via machine embroidery…and I love them! I spent a fair amount of time trying to put things in them and I have done on a couple of other brooches:

Linden Flower Broochlove-nest-brooch-copy1.jpg

but I like them just plain. They remind me of something out of a Miro painting and I like their irregular undulations and the way the shadow and light plays with the colour of the threads and felt. I think this is why I am preferring them plain…because the details detract from the subtle colourplay. Anyway…they went down very well at the show… sold out on the second day!

Recently I have been making things with lavender because I have a huge bag of it sitting in the corner (left overs from a Sofa workshop marketing job).

Lavender Felt Hearts

These hearts draw their inspiration in part from the limestone pebbles and rocks found all over lismore with gashes of quartz running through them. I love the combination of hot orange and charcoal which I see often in the orange lichen on deep grey rocks.

I have to show you this pin cushion – another lavender fancy. It’s a bit of a departure from my usual style but I’m feeling the need for some light relief. So far they have proved very popular. Maybe we are all needing a break from the heavy stuff!

Pin Cushion

I’d best get back to work now

See you soon

xx Sarah

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Posted by:mogwaii

Born: 13th March 1969 in Edinburgh Star sign: Pisces Where do I live? An beautiful island called Lismore Who with? I live with my gorgeous man - Yorick, and my beautiful boys Ruben (currently 14) and Tom (10) and we also have cat poppy, cat Bashy and cat Spyro. What do I do there? Water veggies in the polytunnel, loads of mopping up, picking up clothes, cooking and washing dishes. The rest of the time I'm in a blissfull state in my studio making things out of wool and designing the next must have (in my head!) and a lot of cycling to and fro My favourite Books: Right now...empowerment books like "The power of now" and "The Secret", but also John Fowles "The Magus" and "The kite runner" and I love the "Tao of Poo" My Favourite films: Babettes feast, Wings of desire and The colour of Pomegranites. My favourite music: Bach cello suites for designing, Dolly parton for making (especially her album Little Sparrow), Teddy Thompson and loads of other stuff! What did I do before moving to Lismore? * Went to school in Edinburgh (South Morningside primary then St. Mary's music school and then George Watson's) * Went to Brazil for a year, fell in love, learnt Portuguese and spun a lot of wool * Studied foundation in visual arts in Manchester poly and then went on to study BA Hons in textiles at Goldsmith's college * Made felt hats, sold them at Camden market and then eventualy Liberties and had Ruben in the midst of it all - moved to Pathhead * Tom came along and I stopped making hats. sung lots of Jazz, taught Brazilian and samba singing, recorded an album and started singing with La Boum * Tom went to school and I set up Mogwaii * Moved here in 2006 There you go!! xx Sarah (from left) Ruben, me and Tom (from left) Ruben, me and Tom

One thought on “Don’t Sweat the small stuff!

  1. I found your blog through fieltromania, which is all about felt but unfortunately in spanish. I am a felter and create other things from textiles. Very inspiring to see a professional felt artist. Love the little nests! Do you make handmade felt also?

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