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.


Jane LaFazio said...

hey! thanks for the nice mention and photo. I loved your piece!! (and I adore your business 'card' too!)

Melly Testa said...

I love how you highlight important words! Great blog.