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