by YONA C. RIEL

Saturday, October 24, 2009

"It Felt Good", a show at MECCA

     With a title like that I bet you thought I was going to talk about something else.  This will be my last blog entry before I head south to Mexico.  Michael deMeng, the teacher has been sending plenty of photos from Oaxaca and I already know I am not going to want to come home.  But knowing I have wonderful extended family and friends here will sure help.         
     Also the show "It Felt Good" with so many wool creations  I am sure it will knock your socks off.  Here's my latest scarf.  The base layer is a blue silk chiffon that loves to get all bubbly with texture when Nuno felted.  What looks yellow in the picture is really a chartreuse that compliments the soft rose colored yarn.  This is my favorite combination so far and if I don't keep it for myself it will be for sale in the show.  
   I got another picture for you.  It is of my tee shirt that I made from several other tee shirts for Day of the Dead in Oaxaca.  I love the dreamcatcher image in the center with the whimsical bird and horse on the side.  I make these shirts for myself cuz I just love to indulge myself with some wearable ART....
See you when I get back.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A creative's journey: The Felting has Begun...

A creative's journey: The Felting has Begun...

The Felting has Begun...

     On Friday, November 7th, just after I return from Oaxaca, I will be part of "It Felt Good", a show at MECCA dedicated to a wide variety of local felting artists.  From needle felting to Nuno felting and everything in between there will be much for the eyes to feast upon. 
     I intend to have ten new scarves for the show; each one unique in color, material and design.  And, this time I am actually going to put sale tags on them.
     In the scarf shown to the left I used a 4 inch wide, black cotton lace with a floral pattern as a base.  Then I laid out gold merino wool roving to make for some contrast.  Next I made circular patterns using the curly red mohair yarn.  Finally I finished it off with some lime green kid's mohair in the center of the patterns made by the red yarn.  Red, Black and Green... an old favorite of Bay Area politicos and an awesome combination that mirrors all those bloody leaves that are falling everywhere.
    I hope to see you all there on First Friday.  We will have some goodies to munch, a little vino and lots of beautiful felted eye-candy.  And I am sure I will have lots of great stories fresh off the road from Oaxaca.