Sunday, November 06, 2011
Felting with Jane LaFazio
Jane LaFazio is so happy doing what she does and it comes across when you meet her. I took a class with her on Friday night at The Houston Int'l Quilt Festival.
I chose the felting class because I don't own the "Babylock embellisher" machine and I wanted a chance to experiment. There really are no rules when it comes to felting with the embellisher. The biggest challenge is to avoid breaking needles and I am happy to say I was able to overcome that and left all the needles intact.
When it comes to classes, I keep an open mind in regard to experimentation and inspiration. I don't expect to finish a piece (unless I have all day). So right from the get go I wasn't trying to copy her sample, but combine a lot of colors, textures and shapes and see what evolved.
Before the clock struck 9pm, I decided to cut small rectangles from an old felt hat and give it a go. The combination of the soft felt with satin fabric scraps gave interesting results.
Time went fast and the machines made a steady hum as we added roving, fibers, sheers and yarn to the felt base. I really like the combination of textures. If I lived someplace where the climate was colder, I'd have a reason to do more of this kind of work.
Here is a link to Jane's website.
Stay tuned: My next blog post will be about "drapplique" with Pam Holland.