Someday, the altered art you make today will be
old, faded, falling apart, and someone else will salvage the bits and use them
in new altered art.It's the best that any piece of art can hope for

~ anon~

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Friday, 26 February 2010

Upcycle It! The Art of Extraordinary Recycling

For some reason these words jumped out at me when I saw a leaflet in a local craft shop.. well they would wouldn't they! A six week course using recycled fabric, papers and plastic and including techniques such as Dry and wet felting, rag rugging, weaving, free-form knitting, 3D construction... and apparently more!

Well off I went last night, and what a fab time I had, its run by two super talented local artists, Meg Foster and Jessica Perry - how inspiring can two ladies be!
Last night was Dry and Wet Felting and we got alot done in the two short hours.
Here are my efforts.....Two dry felting projects, done in an hour, a quick and effective technique. I'm not sure they are actually finished yet, I think they could do with a bit of machine stitching and some beads..

The other hour was spent Wet Felting... can you guess what they are yet? Well I cant show you because we had to promise Jess faithfully that we wouldn't take the net off until next week! But if they work OK I promise you they are very 'cool'

And finally, aren't I a lucky girl?? Totally out of the blue I had an email to say I had won some blog candy. Unbeknown to me, Shona of An Artful Life gives away a little gift to a follower of her blog. She gives people a choice of 3 little beauties to choose from, and I immediately was drawn to this butterfly because of the words 'Create Daily' something I try to do.. well now I have a gorgeous reminder to do just that! Thank you Shona I will treasure it
To be in with a chance of winning a copy hop over to her blog here


  1. Really love your dry felted peices and can't wait to see what the wet felted ones are. Don't forget to show and tell :-)
    A x

  2. They're really fabby! Am fascinated by your balls! Lol. KT

  3. Your felting pieces are gorgeous. Congrats on your win. I just love that butterfly reminder.

    just started An Artistic Mother's Group where we will be going through 12 projects together from Shona Cole's new book The Artistic Mother. Her desire is to help mothers find a to fit art into their every day, even if it's just a little something. I would so love for you to join us. You can read more about it on my blog; and if you're interested in participating, just leave me a comment, and I'll add you to the list.


    PS If this is not something you are interested in doing at this time,or even if you are, maybe you could do a little blurb about it for me so that other artsy moms can join. It might be a help to them if they are looking for inspiration and/or an accountability group. We start March 6th, but anyone can jump in at any time. We will spend two weeks on each project. Blog about our progress and link to all of the other participants. Thanks so much for your consideration.

  4. Fabulous colors on the felting pieces. And yes, am in love with the woolly balls, made some last weekend, lol. Can't wait to see the finished piece. And that butterfly hanging is FAB! Congrats!

  5. What a great class and the pieces turned out beautiful. Looking forward to seeing what the wet felted ones look like.
    Congrats on the surprise gift, it is beautiful and a perectt sentiment.
    Have an even better weekend.
    Love and hugs

  6. You have had a fabulous week, and these are great projects, many thanks for joining us at Tuesday Taggers this week. Hugs Avril xxx

  7. Cor Lovely

    The suspense is Killing me !

  8. Well ! ! Nicks whatever are you going to get up to next ? lol well done on your projects, hmmmmmmmmm the balls look like bath bombs but I guess I am wrong there
    thank you for visiting my blog again and your lovely comment, and I was out this evening as well when you "called", typical! ;-)

  9. Wow they are great - you will have to show me how to do it! Roll on next week to see the wet felting result.

    Congratulations on your award.

    Debs H

  10. wow, these are both great. you did get a lot done in 2 hours!
    glad the butterfly made it to you :) and thanks for mentioning my book
    all the best

  11. WOW how jealous am i !!!! wish i could play along, those dry felting projects are amazing, was it hard to do ??? i suppose the more important question would be how do you do it hahahahaha cant wait to see what your little balls turn out to be hehehehe xxxx

  12. helllloooooo nicks!! i found you, omg yummy stuff on your blog, going to drool over more in a min, hugs lou xxxxxx

  13. I'd love to do a class like this, I'm really into recycling into purty things at the moment.... my other half brought me home a load of copper piping and other metal offcuts from work the other day, figuring I could maybe use them in my jewellery, and I hope I can

    felting's fun isn't it :)

  14. Oh you lucky bugger, why is it all the great workshops are nowhere near to where I live boo hoo hoo... looks like you had a great time, good for you, and well done on the candy, it's lovely to recieve RAKS isn't it :)


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