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!

Big mouths: Meet Mr. Green and Mr. Greener

These “Big mouths” are made out of 100 percent merino wool through a wet-felting process that involves soap, warm water and abrasion. And mischief. Behold their big smiles. (Photo: Matthew White)

Sometimes beads get lonely and need merino wool to keep them warm. Perfect adornments for bags, coats, scarves & curtains. (Photo: Hinda Mandell.)

Sometimes beads get lonely and need merino wool to keep them warm. Perfect adornments for bags, coats, scarves & curtains. (Photo: Hinda Mandell.)

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