Thursday, April 26, 2018

Experimenting with Surface Resists

Felted bowl with surface resists by Kim Buchheit.
In preparation for an upcoming workshop, I wanted to do more experimentation with surface resists. This 14"(w) x 10.5"(h), wet-felted, white-on-brown wool bowl is the most recent result. Kitty was hoping it was a cat cave, but alas, it is not. The slits were made using crescent-shaped pieces of plastic which were removed midway through the fulling stage — thereby allowing the cut edges to "heal" during the final fulling. Some stiffener was used to keep the soft vessel from denting when roughly handled. I've a few more experiments to do prior to the next Vessels & Votives workshop, so stay tuned.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Felted Botanical Vessels

Large, wet-felted, round vessel by Kim Buchheit.
Tall, wet-felted vessel by Kim Buchheit.
I just completed this large, round bowl and added a second layer of stiffener to the tall vessel, then had them photographed this week. The round vessel is approximately 12"(h) x 17"(diam.); the tall vessel is 24"(h) x 7"(diam.).  This work is a continuation of a series entitled, "Botanical" which utilizes pre-felt cut-outs along with Merino top (100% wool). The round piece will be available for sale at the upcoming Flag Wool & Fiber Festival with some of the proceeds benefiting the event. The Festival is hosting several fiber arts workshops the weekend of June 2-3, 2018, including my 1/2-day Vessels & Votives workshop where you'll learn to make mini versions of the round vessel pictured above. Learn more and sign up here.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Vessels & Votives in the Valley of the Sun

Private Felting Class (Vessels & Votives). Photo by Mike Buchheit.
Private Felting Class (Vessels & Votives). Photo by Mike Buchheit.
Private Felting Class (Vessels & Votives). Photo by Mike Buchheit.
Private Felting Class (Vessels & Votives). Photo by Mike Buchheit.
Private Felting Class (Vessels & Votives). Photo by Mike Buchheit.
Private Felting Class (Vessels & Votives). Photo by Mike Buchheit.
We just wrapped up a super fun Vessels & Votives custom workshop in Glendale, Arizona. Class participants brought lots of joy and energy to the felting process and all seemed quite pleased with their final pieces. The fairy lights were a big hit and made the felted votives extra special. Upcoming workshops are listed here on the blog, but if you're interested in hosting a private workshop, simply contact me by email to discuss the details.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

FWFF's Workshops Posted Today!

Flag Wool & Fiber Festival (booths)
Flag Wool & Fiber Festival (alpaca)
Flag Wool & Fiber Festival is an early summer event that fiber lovers and other creatives look forward to year after year. Now in its 26th season and under the dynamic leadership of Andrea Greene, this event offers "free family fun with something for everyone" including a host of fiber-related workshops which just went live today. Check out the complete class listing here and sign up today to secure your spot. (Note: I'll be teaching my Vessels & Votives felting class on Saturday morning). Event is June 2-3, 2018, 9am-4pm, ​at the Pioneer Museum on Fort Valley Rd., Flagstaff, AZ.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Embellished Felted Vessel

Embellished wet-felted bowl.
Using trimmings from a larger project, I embellished a small, felted bowl by needle-felting the wet-felted remnants all around the outside. The finished piece somewhat resembles a cabbage — which made me smile while photographing it during a fresh snowfall this afternoon.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sacred Landscape Series

Felted wall hanging © Kim Buchheit, 17"x 39.5"; 100% wool
I just completed another felted wall hanging for inclusion in my Sacred Landscape Series. Here's a close-up photo showing some of the textures and color gradations. One of the things I love about using pre-felt as a substrate is how those solid-colored base fibers migrate up through the top layers to create a tonal "glazing" effect. On this particular piece, the top layers are cut through in one area to reveal a "river" of turquoise blue below... a tribute to some of Grand Canyon's waterways (e.g. the Little Colorado River and Havasu Creek). Detail of felted wall hanging; 17"x 39.5"; 100% wool; © Kim Buchheit

Monday, October 9, 2017

2017 Nuno-Felting Workshop at the Grand Canyon

 
We just wrapped up an incredible weekend of nuno-felting and dyeing at the Grand Canyon! Workshop participants really pushed themselves, outlining challenging design projects on day two with fabulous results. Special guest Mary Rooney showed everyone how to use acid dyes to color their wool and silk fiber in preparation for the class's second project. If you're interested in coming to the canyon next year, please join us for a Felting Vessels course. Details on Grand Canyon Association Field Institute's website.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Nuno-felted Striped Scarves using Tape Resist

This weekend I'll be teaching a nuno-felted workshop at Grand Canyon National Park (hosted by Grand Canyon Association Field Institute). We'll be making airy silk and wool scarves and durable purses/tech cases during this two-day course. In preparation, I experimented with using masking tape as a resist. It was just one of those wild-hair ideas and I truly wasn't expecting the tape to stay in place during the wet felting stage, but it did (!) and I was so tickled about that. This striped scarf design requires very little fiber and, by exposing the silk in between, showcases the lovely silk chiffon while creating a beautiful sculptural fabric. Both samples were made using creamy white Merino wool roving and silk. Once felted and dried, I dyed one sample scarf using Lansaset dyes from Dharma Trading. I'm looking forward to sharing this new technique with my students in a few days. And, btw, if you're in the area, call (866) 471-4435 to see if there's still space available... we'd love to have you join us!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Arizona Fiber Arts Retreat (Workshops)

Felted luminaria with feather trim by Kim Buchheit
Felted vessels using resists by Kim Buchheit
Feather-trimmed felted vessel by Kim Buchheit
2018 Fiber Workshops: Sign-ups begin today for Arizona Fiber Arts Retreat held in January, 2018. You won't want to miss this fun, fiber-filled weekend hosted at the Prescott Resort, in Prescott, AZ. On Saturday, Jan. 20th, I'll be teaching two half-day workshops on wet-felting vessels. Participants will make small wool bowls or luminaria using resists — and learn everything necessary to confidently create more felted 3D pieces at home. Enroll early as space is limited... and because, come winter, there's no better place to be than sunny Arizona!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Window Shopping

West of the Moon Gallery in historic downtown Flagstaff, Arizona continues to be one of the most respected galleries in town since opening its doors in 2000. So I was thrilled when gallerist Carolyn Young offered to showcase my felted pods in her gallery window this past month. It is an honor to have my wool sculpture hanging next to the work of such amazing artists as Shonto Begay, Connie Townsend, Sarah Yeoman, Raina Gentry, and others! If you're in the area, you'll want to spend some quality time in this very special gallery!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Flag Wool & Fiber Festival :: 2017

smiling alpaca
nuno-felting demo; Kim Buchheit, Flag Wool & Fiber Festival 2017
Andrea Greene and company
nuno-felting demo; Kim Buchheit, Flag Wool & Fiber Festival 2017
adorable alpaca
some booths at Flag Wool & Fiber Festival (2017)
My felting assistant (Libby) and I enjoyed giving a felting demo yesterday at Flag Wool & Fiber Festival. Lots of great questions from the audience as well as interest in our fall workshop at the Grand Canyon. The festival keeps growing and getting richer and more exciting under the visionary leadership of Andrea Greene (of Spinup Yarns) and her impressive team. Thanks for all who came out this weekend to support the fiber arts, crafts, and traditions in the Southwest!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

New Felted Work :: Botanical Series

I just completed another piece in my "Botanical" series utilizing pre-felts. It's really fun to work with pre-felts as one can achieve an almost cut-paper-like design (ala Matisse!). With this botanical series, I like to work spontaneously laying down the cut-outs as I make them. However, I have also sketched out in advance ideas for other pieces and, while some details are blurred and/or lost, it's amazing how much the final felted work resembles the pencil skecth. I'll try posting samples of that soon so you can judge for yourselves. Cheers!