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Best of Show

By: Deb Tewell Wednesday June 28, 2017 comments Tags: Deb Tewell

Best of Show

The Rollercoaster Ride of Arts Crafts Shows The circuit some of them call it and they seemed to me like circus folk who travel around, astonishing others with their talents then moving on. They re-group at the next show, greet one another as old friends, share stories of the road, try to sell their wares, and grumble about the slow sales or poor publicity provided by the show producers, but have a booth at the next festival. Their mantra was, well, maybe things will take a turn after lunch, sales are certain to increase tomorrow, or... Read More


Shambolic Felt: Recycling, Improving, and Renewing

By: Deb Tewell Wednesday October 26, 2016 comments Tags: Shambolic Felting, Felting Class taught by Marlene Greuter

Shambolic Felt: Recycling, Improving, and Renewing

It's not new, but that is the beauty of it. Shambolic, when you look up the meaning of the word, is chaotic, cluttered, messy, muddled, and untidy, but that is what I love about shambolic felt. My first exposure to it was in a class taught by Marlene Greuter where we made a shambolic jacket. Our pre-workshop assignment was to put together a collection of articles of silk clothing from second hand shops. How fun was that--my kind of homework assignment! The colors I chose were in the teal and salmon families, augmented with cream,... Read More


If at first you don’t succeed…

By: Deb Tewell Monday September 26, 2016 comments

If at first you don’t succeed…

We all know the ending of that phrase is, "try, try again." Felt making is like that. There are infinite varieties of colors, textures, techniques, and processes out there. Some methods work better than others; some work for some of us but not for other people. Some work once but not twice. But, one of the reasons I love felt is that it is so variable. I love those happy surprises that happen when an edge is turned under with a tad more fiber in one place than another or the edge scoops in a bit more in one place than in another. I... Read More


Thinking like an engineer

By: Deb Tewell Monday September 26, 2016 comments Tags: Felt Sculpting, An artist thinking like an engineer

Thinking like an engineer

Felting is like engineering to me. I was an English major, never an engineer and not once took a course even remotely related to engineering. So I really should say felting is like what I perceive engineering to be! It includes thinking inside out, upside down, and devising ways to join which part to what other part in order to make the final result match the imagined piece. Yep; that's engineering. The Icelandic felter, Anna Gunnarsdottir, has an amazing engineer's brain; her pieces reflect the fact that they are thoroughly... Read More


Lifelong learning

By: Deb Tewell Saturday July 26, 2014 comments Tags: A Felters Toolbox, Learn to Felt, nuno felting, wet felting, milkweed designs

Lifelong learning

When I took my first class in felt making I thought that was it. Now that I knew how to make felt; I knew felting. How wrong I was! Had I been listening closely to my instructor, I would have heard really heard and understood--when she said, "There are as many ways to make felt as there are felt makers." The longer I felt, the more felt makers I meet, or come into contact with, the more I understand the truth of her statement. I can't remember my second felting class, but I certainly remember that first one--and the most recent... Read More