Thursday, January 13, 2011

Shared Creativity


I spent a little time yesterday working on a project for me.  The baby girl was down for a nap (insert angel-singing noises here) so the intrepid 4 year old and I shared the table for a little creative time.

I am working on making wool stones out of wool sweater and roving.  I need several hundred stones for what I plan to do so it should put at least a small dent in my wool stash.  It should also take me quite a long time.  My goal is to finish it before the end of the year.



A was refining his family portraits in orange.  The large orange blob is a potato on our heads, in case you're wondering.  I thought for a moment that daddy had a really awesome hairdo, but nope, potato.


Here's wishing you some good creative time this week too.

26 comments:

starmunki said...

i am still incredibly new to needle felting (i've only done a few things)
but the natural stone is something i want to try. i keep putting it off because it terrifies me.
they look so perfect. as always...yours are lovely...=]

xox. keri

Mona said...

Oh, wow, you're needle felting the stones! Looking at the first picture I thought you felted the wool onto some stones. Good luck, sounds like an ambitious project. Hope you'll share some more of it soon :)

Sandi/sassyglassdesigns said...

I love the felted stones - they look so real. Good luck with your project...can't wait to see it finished.

Greetje Penning said...

oh Lisa, I LOVE the stones you made!

so sweet, a little moment with just the two of you

ain't he an artist!

Lisa at Lil Fish Studios said...

Keri - oh my goodness, don't be freaked out, they're the easiest things ever! I'll give you tips if you'd like, but seriously just try them and you'll see...

Mona - Thanks! It is ambitious so I'm trying to work on it now while I'm feeling ambitious. Hopefully I'll be able to share more soon.

Sandi - thanks so much!

Greetje - he is definitely my creative one. He has an imagination that boggles my mind. And he loves your art too. :D

Greetje Penning said...

;o))))

give him a big hug!!

joanie said...

That sounds like an ultra big project and your stones are looking amazing. I've been working on a tiny needle felting project myself today, just playing.

I love the orange drawing. A family of "potato heads" sweet !

silver.work said...

Do I see . . . . halos? Daddy's happy about his potato and someone else is happy about their halo but two other are a little more subdued. Anxious to see where this goes.

Scrapiana said...

I love that stage in development when kids draw body-less people! Isn't it weird that all of us do that at one point? Who needs a body, anyway, when you have a giant potato?

Tara said...

Lisa, I am intrigued by the felt stones. Initially, I thought you were wet felting around stones but after reading the comments and looking more closely, it seems you might be making the stones from felt. Either way, they are very pretty. And I like the giant potato.:)

ai said...

Wow, those felt stones are amazing! I've never felted anything unless you count the cardigan I put through a hot wash by accident. :)
The family portrait is adorable.

Brittany at Home Ground said...

Oooh, I can't wait to see what you're working toward with these stones! They're beautiful, of course.

k said...

wow, i'm excited to see how this project turns out - so many amazing stones you have already made! also, that is one big potato. :)

Lisa at Lil Fish Studios said...

joanie - can't wait to see!

Lynn- perhaps we're jealous of the potato.

scrapiana - my 5 year old always draws me with an enormous butt bump. If I had to choose between no body and big butt...no body. :D

Tara - I do felt around stones, but this time they're all wool. The centers are thick felted sweater wool and I'm felting over them just like I would a stone.

ai - felting is so much fun, and if you've shrunk a cardigan, well there you go...you're half-way there.

Thanks Britt!

K - it is a big potato. Perhaps to feed us all?

susan said...

Rofl. Oh my gosh that was funny! Kids are a hoot, arent they? Sorry but what i will remember about this post is the giant orange potato over your familys heads

Margie Oomen said...

so excited to see what you are up to lisa!!!

susan christensen said...

I love the family done in orange! Treasure the time, Lisa. (I am fascinated by the felt stones - will be interested in seeing the final project).

This is My Life said...

You have my interest. Looking forward to the project unfolding. Love the potato head family. Priceless!

Sonia said...

what a fantastic crafting time together !! Aunt Z is so proud !! I seriously can not wait to see & read / hear more about this wonderful project of yours.
xoxoxo

Lisa-Marie said...

your stones are fab! Also, it's lovely that you and your kiddies spend time doing art together!

Regina Moore said...

Lovin' the potato head! :-) (and your felted stones are gorgeous as well!)

lynda Howells said...

Thank you for showing us your son's work..preciousx It did make me giggle. arn't children amazing.Have you found out the reason for the potato yet?Ha. I love your stones..how do you do that? I will understand if you don't want to tell mexxthanks for showing us your workxlynda

aukjesatelier said...

The drawing looks ready for framing ;)

It's nice to see a different approach to felted stones... I never thought of needlefelting them... They look pretty tho ;)

julochka said...

do you put a real stone inside the stones?

i love the orange family...sabin did very similar ones at that age, only they had flowers for heads. but the same legs attached directly to the heads. wouldn't it be cool if we really were built like that?

Lisa at Lil Fish Studios said...

Thanks everybody! He was pretty proud of his potato head family. He tells me that he drew the potato on our heads so that I could lift it and show everyone how strong I am. :)

Lynda and Julie - these stones are made entirely of wool. I've taken a piece of thick felted wool sweater and felted wool roving to it. I needle the roving on a little first then wet-felt it to pull it all together. If you've felted a real stone, this is the same approach but with a wool interior.

jet said...

i love your stones, beautiful, it' felt like a shared present;-D
must laught of the family portrets of your son.
beautiful,
thank you for sharing this family story , i having a rough bad day and you just made me smile
thank you!!!;-D
have a nice cozy warm weekend;-D

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