Here’s a 40-second recap of the May 5 felting activities at Imagine RIT in Rochester, N.Y.

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Finished felt from Imagine RIT

After about 20 minutes of rubbing the wool with soap, water and some good old-fashioned elbow grease, students showed off their finished product. 

They included bookmarks, pins, coasters and sheets of fabric.

Smiles all around!

Stay tuned tomorrow for a video of the event.

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Imagine RIT: Felt and more felt

Felt. Gallons of warm water. A bar of soap. Ten ounces of sheep’s wool. Oh and 50 students from across Rochester, New York. The felting demonstration was a part of Imagine RIT. 

Today was an awesome day because it involved introducing youngsters to the magic of felt.

Students created sheets of fabric from sheep’s wool, making a textile out of tufts of purple, green, red and aqua wool.

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Open studios

I’m so excited for my stuff to be on display at my aunt’s open studios in Needham, Mass., this weekend. Judy Greenberg is an amazing - an exceptional - artist. There is no other artist like her. And she’s showing her work in the Boston area May 5 & 6. 

Here’s the adorable flier she designed for me. I love the idea of talking big mouths. I will have to capitalize on that idea …

And here are some items that will be on display. (Photos: Matthew White)

Thanks to the Mayday visitors

Today’s a post-craft show kinda day.

Yesterday I sold my wares at the Mayday Underground craft show in Rochester. A number of friends stopped by to say hello, which was absolutely delightful.

The big mouth trying to eat my business card? Not so much. (Photos: Hinda Mandell)

But then a welcome reprieve came in the form of people walking by the felted sculptures and bursting into laughter. Always a curious sight.

May you too find some whimsical joy today. Now I need to think about how I can get away with felting my ma a Mother’s Day gift. Back to the felted drawing board … Next up I may tackle big mouth finger puppets. A suggestion of some friends and visitors to my booth. Please stay tuned!

Getting ready for the Mayday Underground craft show

Tonight was a night for inventory, since I’m getting ready for Saturday’s Mayday Underground craft show in Rochester. 

(Photos: Hinda Mandell)

I had 15 big mouths surrounding me earlier in the evening, waiting for labels and price tags. They looked like they wanted to say something.

That’s when I had a realization. What if the big mouths began - suddenly, abruptly - talking to me? If that were to happen then I would know things were a bit … precarious. I had a similar thought once with my dog, Nigel. When he first came into my life I remember looking at him. He looked earnestly back at me. I thought: If you begin talking to me then we’re both in trouble.

But Nigel didn’t talk back. Neither did the big mouths.

They’re now all labeled and ready to make their debut into the world. 

Hope to see you Saturday!

When wool becomes felt

Those oranges! Those purples! The yellows!

(Photos: Hinda Mandell)

I was pumped (pumped, I tell you!) to learn that I will be showing my crafts (i.e. hawking my wares) at the next Mayday Underground show in Rochester on April 28. You’ll be hearing a lot more about this soon.

A craft show requires material and for me that comes in the form of merino wool. These colorful puffs - with lots of water and soap - will become the big mouths. 

I began to make six big mouths today. And my fingers are all wilt-y from dealing with too much water. The price I pay to bring big mouths to life.

(The big mouths will eventually look like this:)

Today, too, I decided to make baby big mouths. They will be about half the size of the originals. Their official name? Why baby mouths, of course!

OK, Ms. Cavewoman. Now it’s time for your close-up. You’re so Au Naturale! (Photo: Matthew White).

OK, Ms. Cavewoman. Now it’s time for your close-up. You’re so Au Naturale! (Photo: Matthew White).

This caveman’s got a club. But it’s made of felt so Fear Not. (Photo: Matthew White).

This caveman’s got a club. But it’s made of felt so Fear Not. (Photo: Matthew White).

Meet Adam & Eve. Or Steve & Sally. Or Jeffrey & Jen. Heck, I don’t know what their names are because caveman and cavewoman don’t talk. That’s because they’re made out of wool. Needle felted. They like to hang out in merino wool vessels (wet felted). Although now that spring has sprung they also like to poke their heads through the vessel and check out their surroundings. If you see them, say “hi.” But they probably won’t say much back. (Photo: Matthew White)

Meet Adam & Eve. Or Steve & Sally. Or Jeffrey & Jen. Heck, I don’t know what their names are because caveman and cavewoman don’t talk. That’s because they’re made out of wool. Needle felted. They like to hang out in merino wool vessels (wet felted). Although now that spring has sprung they also like to poke their heads through the vessel and check out their surroundings. If you see them, say “hi.” But they probably won’t say much back. (Photo: Matthew White)