I have enjoyed making these little guys to restock my shop. It is relaxing activity after a busy day, something I can do when there is not much energy left for a bigger project. I felt them in groups of 3 or 6 pairs first, then embroider “lips” and sew beads on most of them as the last step. I always leave one pair eye-less, that’s just in case someone had a specific requirements re their color.
Most of the time, and probably because of the very limited time I still have for creating, I prefer to make one of the kind pieces. I find it far more exciting than repeating one design over and over again. So I was thinking how to combine what I like with what the market likes to buy. Some of the pieces I have made have been selling very well. The Kiss magnets along with the Kandinsky brooches, Oneness bowls as well as the Love stones have been popular. Also the felted soaps I supplied a local shop with. I think it was the amout of the soaps I felted which made me realize I never ever want to turn into a ‘felting machinne’ and my studio into a small factory. The extra income helped me to buy necessary fibres and books to grow creativly but I hope I will not need it in the future.
If, however, I need to restock a piece in a small quantity, it is a different matter. It is a known path and there is a comfort in knowing what I am doing and what the end result will be. It is a good balance to the uncertainity of the bigger, one of the kind pieces/small series I hope to concentrate on in my main work. I have been felting over the past days but still am in the sampling phase. I have been interpreting the ideas from my travels and sketchbook in fibre. I would like to make pieces which are both pleasure to wear and pleasure to look at and which carry some of the ‘places’ that inspired me to make them. I would like to make a small collection and show it to you then. That’s the plan. That’s a new approach, I haven’t worked like this before, it was more experimenting, ‘what if’, ‘what’s possible’ way. But I would like to try it and see …
In the meantime I hope to post pictures of felt which I had made before the summer holidays started and some of my destashing efforts in a form of sewing. Here is the first one :), a simple bag I made from curtain samples, given to me by a friend. I like to wear plain, simple colors and shapes, but brighter/bold/interesting accessories. I thought the color and pattern of this fabric would just fit into this category.