Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Voting and Felting

It is a lovely election day.
We walked to the voting poll while the leaves danced in the air
and skipped on the sidewalk.

The wait was manageable.
I took my book.
I visited with neighbors.

I have been looking forward to this day.
I have been planning to begin felting on election day.
I have read lots of books and have choosen my projects.
I want to make a hat and a purse.

I did my shopping at the secondhand shops.
I found a 100% wool sweater and a black cashmere sweater
to be the bodies of my hat and purse.
These I will felt in the washing machine.
I found a 100% silk dress to cut up to use as the linings.
A black velvet braided belt will be the handle for the purse.
I am looking for a large old black coat button to be the fastener.

I am excited!
As I walked into the house I saw a praying mantis.
I sat my basket down and began taking pictures.
Felting can wait for a few more minutes.


Mary said...

And you remind me of me. Felting can wait for a few more minutes....

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

I hope you'll post photos of your finished projects!

Roses and Lilacs said...

Yes, please let us see the items you make.

marmee said...

it is a great day to vote!
i am grateful for the right to make my voice heard.
i voted early because i don't like lines.
i would really like to see the purse and hat when you are finished. the fabric looks great together.

marmee said...

ps i love the praying mantis on the white petals. natural beauty at it's best.

Cheryl said...

Praying mantis and daisy are a stunning combination.....for someone who is not inclined to sew nature will always come first.......in saying that I cannot wait to see your beautiful end results....how exciting.......

Lisa at Greenbow said...

What a bug. It also sounds like you have a fine project going. I can't wait to see it.

Rose said...

What a beautiful praying mantis--you know I love them:) He looks like he has a jeweled overcoat for the fall.

I can't wait to see your finished projects!

Wendy said...

I too like the praying mantis on the daisy. He does look like he's changed coats.
Your sweaters look so colourful. I didn't know you felted in the washing machine?
I'm looking forward to seeing your finished products too.

Kelly said...

always, your pictures amaze me!!!

Q said...

Dear Mary,
I always stop for birds and bugs!
Felting is very fun...
I think it is almost as fun as bugs...almost!

Q said...

Dear Lynne,
I was thinking I would post over on my Artful Living blog but maybe I can post just one or two pictures here as well.
I am having lots of fun.

Q said...

Dear Marnie,
I will!
Very exciting, a new President and a new craft...
Works for me.

Q said...

Dear Marmee,
I just love the felted stripes and the silk dots.
These projects have been fun to make too.

Q said...

Dear Cheryl,
There was a time when I would have choosen a sewing machine over a car! Years ago I sewed lots of clothing for myself and the children.
So far I have had so much fun just creating...no pattern just what my mind comes up with...very fun and freeing.
I have an outfit planned that will go with my new bag and hat. I am looking forward to wearing my new creations.

Q said...

Dear Lisa,
The mantids have been so photogenic this year! I like the Mantis on the mum. I like have a few blooms so late in the year.

Q said...

Dear Rose,
I think she was looking for a spot to lay eggs. It is late in the year for the mantis. Not many bugs were out for her to feed on.
Tuesdays are my crafting days. I hope to post on Artful Living as I do a project. I sometimes will post a picture of my projects here too.
The Praying Mantis were out in your gardens this year too! They are amazing bugs.

Q said...

Dear Wendy,
Using the washing machine makes the process go fast!
I took my sweaters out after about 20 minutes and finished the felting and fulling process in the kitchen sink.
Lots of fun!

Q said...

Dear Kelly,
Thanks honey!
It is so good to here from you.
I shall pop over and see how you are doing.
I am having so much fun. I look forward to my Tuesdays and crafting.

Maria said...

Sherry, you already sound like a felting expert. :-)

That praying mantis photo is beautiful. My guys (except for one green one) were always a steady shade of brown. But then, maybe that's the best camouflage color since I was annoying them so much with my camera this summer.

Q said...

Dear Maria,
I am looking forward to learning how to do needle felting. It looks very fun.
The Praying Mantis is one of my favorite bugs. I think they are so very cool.