by YONA C. RIEL

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

More Valentine's...


As promised I took a few more pictures today.  The first one is of the scarf I made last night.  In my humble opinion it did indeed turn out to be a winner.  here's the picture: 
 
What I like best about nuno felting (and what makes all that hand washing worth it) is the texture it creates on the silk.  This piece of silk has a beautiful lustre to it and thus the texture looks almost like ripples in a pond.  Here's a close up:


This scarf is also longer than my other ones (and lighter weight too)... great for spring or autumn wear.
I also took some pictures of the pendants I am working on.  First one is a sterling heart set in a silver plated box and strung on rayon with a magnetic box closure.  Here's the picture:


The next one is similar but it is a handblown glass bead with a matching lime bead on the top and both are also set in a silver plated box pendant.  This one however is on a chain.


The next piece is an african red heart bead (more anatomically correct than our hearts) set on a silk strand.  A gold rose was E-6000-ed to the front and small matching african red beads w/black glass czech beads complement the pendant. 


Next is a pendant made w/a steampunk button, a victorian reproduction heart and a small sterling goddess charm hanging from the bottom.  It is strung on black artificial sinue and accented with black glass spiral beads and vintage white-hearts (they are actually red beads with white centers).


I made one other thing which is a winged heart, nuno and needle-felted with a cord hanging from a card.  You can leave it on the card or remove it and hang on the wall or leave it on the card and set it in a frame.  It features a reproduction of a brass button that was popular in the early 1900's.


That's enough for now... I will be posting more regularly up until the sale in hopes of getting you to come out and join us for a good time and some valentine's treats.  Even though I am official single I buy myself and some friends a Valentine's every year.  After all the holiday is basically about Love in the many forms it takes.  What could be better than that?

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Valentines is just around the corner....

...and I am making Mixed Media Hearts using handmade nuno felt, vintage skeleton keys and an assortment of beads.  They are hard to describe so here's a picture: 

Each one of them is going to be very different, perhaps symbolizing something that you love...

 I am also making them into hands since not everyone likes hearts.  Each one has an old skeleton key needlefelted into it and a strand of beads or a button or some other embellishment.

 They come on a blank card with an envelope so you can use them as a card or if you remove them you can hang it on a wall or in the window.  You can also use the card as a canvas and frame them.  All this for only 18 dollars.
I am also making some new scarves for spring-ish weather.  They are not as heavy as the winter scarves I made for Holiday Market.  They are still nuno felted onto a hand dyed silk chiffon substrate.  Here's a picture of what I have so far:
deep red and gold on a brown silk chiffon



Pink and green on a burgundy silk substrate:


I am making a few pendants too using some very old skeleton keys, steam punk buttons and various odds and ends that I have collected over the years.  Here's a few pictures:


And another one...

The sale starts Friday, Feb 12th at Susan Klein's studio on 2nd street.  I will send out more details as we get closer to the date.  Meanwhile save some time on Valentine's weekend to come shopping.  Friday nite we will have wine and probably some chocolate, Saturday we will serve some cookies and Sunday afternoon we are doing a tea with the artists.  Thanks for reading and I hope to see you in Febuary.     xoxoyo