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Meditation Beads with Nancy Ballesteros

nancy@treetopscolours.com.au 9387 3007
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On the first Saturday workshop (1 July), we will spend the day creating a felted mosaic utilizing all the amazing exotic and challenging fabrics which you have brought along from your fabric stash. You should dig deep into your stash and bring some amazing fabrics to play with – We will learn a technique I call Extreme Felting – don’t be afraid to bring things which you don’t think will felt (synthetics, heavy wovens, glitzy beaded and sequenced fabric)!

The second session on Saturday 5th August will be used for creating the beads from your felted mosaics and exploring necklace designs. You will need to bring all your stitching supplies to this session. Much time, thought and love goes into each bead to create something really unique; therefore, in this short workshop there won’t be enough time to make beads for an entire necklace, but you will be well on your way!

Fabric Requirements - Exotic and unusual fabrics: We first need to create a 75cm x 75cm mosaic with interesting nuno textures. Each piece of fabric should be approximately 10 cm x 10 cm. It’s important to try and keep in a colour family (ie. earth tones, red /black/grey, creams, brights, etc…). It’s also important to try and identify a “look” or “feel” that you are trying to express (ie. Indian sari influenced, vintage lace look, a Japanese feel, American Southwest style, African influenced…). Try and gather textured fabrics and prints that express this feel. It is better if the design on any printed fabrics is small. Remember you will only be making small beads the size of a twenty cent piece. Thrift shops are great for finding interesting and affordable bits of fabrics. The more interesting your fabrics, the more interesting your beads can be.

Here are a few types of fabrics that are worth exploring. Be really adventuresome! Try much heavier fabrics than you would normally use, try more modern synthetic fabrics. If it won’t felt down, we will stitch it down! If you like the fabric’s colour and texture - give it a try!
- knitted fabrics with texture (cables, moss stitch….) or you can simply bring along any wool knits that have already been felted
- Embroidered with sequins and beads
- Velvet and velvet burn out
- Thai Silks
- Lace
- Synthetic fabrics with interesting patterns/textures
- Techno glitzy fabrics - Linens
- Stretch netting/lace fabrics
- Embroidered borders

Wool for Felting:
Bring ~150gm of Superfine or Fine Merino tops (18.5 – 21 micron). I prefer to work with finer wools for a less hairy nuno felt. Try bringing a couple of different colours that TONE with your fabrics (ie brown fabric bring brown or beige wool) and also bring wool to CONTRAST with your fabrics (ie, if you have a brown fabric bring red wool).

Felting Equipment
-Bubble wrap or non-stick matting (roughly the size of a trestle table) 1.6 - 1.8m x 75cm wide
- If you have a small piece of non-stick matting bring it along as I find it useful to keep your work from sliding around.
-Lightweight plastic sheeting (painters drop sheets), at least TWO pieces 1.8m long x 1m wide.
-Two or Three elastic straps (waist band elastic or old Hoisery…)
-Pole or pool noodle at least 85cm wide
-Several old towels
-Bar Olive oil soap.
-Milk Bottle with fine holes for wetting out (spray bottle NOT good), Ball Brauser OK.
-Netting to cover work for wetting out - optional
- Bucket
-Notebook, pencil
-Name tag
- Fulling Tools: Here are some ideas for good fulling tools. You need to bring at least one.
Plastic painter’s tray (make sure it has lots of ridges) OR glass or metal washboard OR Ikea has a plastic cutting board with ridges on back. I also always love to use a rolling pin to full with as well. Marble best cause its heavy, but wooden if fine. Only rechargeable sanders are allowed at Craft House.
My personal favourite is an oil drip tray from SuperCheap Auto $23 (find at: SCA Oil Drip Tray, Plastic - 950 x 650mm | Supercheap Auto). I bull-dog clip hard pool bubble wrap to the edges
Also excellent is a $10 drain board tray from IKEA is also excellent (find at: VÄLVÅRDAD Dish drainer, beige/galvanised, 52x35 cm - IKEA)

  1. Variety of sewing needles: beading needle, sewing needles, Chenille needle or Sharp Embroidery size between No. 18-24 with large eye. Also a sharp long Darner No. 14-18 can be useful.

  2. Variety of threads that contrast and/or match your fabrics. Threads are very important. I have a huge selection to work from. Some shiny, some matt, some linen, some silks, some thick some thin, etc. I’m sure if you bring a selection we can all share around.

  3. Thimbles are useful

  4. Scissors, normal and small sharp pointy ones are good

  5. Beads – small seed beads or similar types to hand sew on as decoration – optional

  6. Large beach glass beads or other beads (fimo, resin…) that have a pretty large hole (your cord must be able to go through) that look good with your fabrics. You could source these after you have made your beads so you get the size and colour and feel right. – optional

  7. Cording for the necklaces. This is a big subject. We will learn to make our own cord from fabric I will supply or you can bring something that looks good with your mosaic. Bring any other materials you think would be appropriate and interesting for cords. I will also bring some other types for purchase. If you don’t have anything on the day, it will be fine. The choice of what cord to use takes some time and thought. We can work on this together.
  8. Lunch
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