Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Nothing Is A Mistake

There I was, sitting in Michele Muska's class, Felted Cuff Bracelet, just giddy with anticipation!  I was excited to learn how to create a cuff out of textiles... excited to learn felting... oh!  and there's a new "toy" involved?  a felting machine??  I couldn't ask for more!  The class spent 4 hours learning how to use a 12 pointed felting machine to create a new and unique textile that would become our cuff.  Bits of fabrics and fibers flew around the room as we all shared ideas generated by Michele.  The result?
 Aren't they yummy?  Mine is the second one from the left.  I loved it but I knew I wouldn't wear it as a cuff.  A bit too wide and too feminine for me (believe it or not, I like the industrial look.. go figure, right??).  The results were due to decisions of my own making, not the teachers'.  I tucked it away knowing that it had so many different possibilities.  I just needed time to think about it.

Back home in my studio,  I stared at it.  Turning it over and over.  Stepping away and coming back to it again.  And then I knew.   What I saw, in my mind, was a needle case.. a vintage inspired needle case!

Going through my stash of laces and trims, I thoughtfully chose pieces to add as embellishments.




I was careful not to let them overpower the felted fabric.  After all, it was gorgeous on its own with all its texture. Touches of gold metallic embroidery thread and vintage metallic braid gave it that "old world" feel.  Snippets of laces layered on top of each other enhanced the feeling that this belonged to someone's grandmother.



Sweet little gathers of dupioni silk were sewn all around the edges.  The same fabric was used for the lining on the inside.



What started out as a project for one purpose, soon transformed itself into another.  That happens sometimes.  And it's ok.  These classes are for learning techniques so that you will be able to do them again.  And I will!  And I would love to take another class from Michele.  Now...... forgive me but I must go and order that felting machine! Woohoooo... a new "toy" to play with!


~Please check out the latest issue of Where Women Create (Feb/March/April) as Michele Muska is one of the women highlighted!)


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29 comments:

  1. Beautiful, Kadee! I love your repurposed use of the cuff! I have been away for a while, but love the new look of your blog! Good to see you! ~Kristie

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  2. Those are gorgeous and so different ... Nice job , I like yours!

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  3. This turned out beautifully. Sometimes it takes a little bit for an idea to gel. It happens to me a lot.

    Blessings,
    Fay

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  4. Even though your cuff was beautiful, it's even better incorporated into that little needle case. It's gorgeous! Great Save!!!
    Blessings!
    Geneva

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  5. Way to think WAY outside the box. I love this as a cuff, but you turned it into something truly wonderful! Tanya

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  6. It was cute to start with but the transformation is wonderful. It's so pretty now and useful. What a great idea! I'd like to make a needle case now.

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  7. I have to start out by telling you that I really am not a vintage type of gal. BUT, I appreciate beauty, which is why I am so drawn to your blog. Lovely, just lovely.

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  8. it turned out wonderfully - completely and utterly beautiful

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  9. Hi Kadee, it´s very nice to meet you and I simply love the way you repurposed that -already lovely- cuff! Now it´s not only beautiful but useful, and also has that antique flavour... Very clever! I want to specially thank you for visiting my blog and for your sweet comment; I´ve been taking a litlle "rendez-vous" along yours and found many inspiring ideas (I cried a lot with Annie´s story too!) so I´m following you since now... Will be back soon!
    Hugs,
    K.

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  10. Love love love your idea for the cuff. I felt the same way about mine (1st on the left in your photo - the one with the key). Now I will have to check and see if it will work as a needle case. Thanks so much for the idea. I had such an awesome time at Spellbound (and yes, a needle felting machine is now on my "must get" list!) I am already saving$$ for Spellbound 2013 in November. Will I see you there?

    Hugs,
    Sue

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  11. Hi Kadee, WOW truly an inspiration that came forth from one idea to another. I just love your cuff as a needle case. Just perfect how these things happen. I kind of go through the same process with items to redesign. I look at them while in the studio, working on something else and then suddenly an idea comes to me.
    Your case is gorgeous and I love the details. What fabulous Christmas gifts these would make or anytime really.
    Thank you for sharing. Happy Creating.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

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  12. So clever, love it! Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. Your lovely felt cuff was transformed into a beautiful needle case! Love your creation.
    Thanks so much for stopping by and your very sweet comments.
    Mary Alice

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  14. I love it! One never knows where a creative journey will take us.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Michele

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  15. Wow, these are gorgeous Kadee! I didn't know there was such a thing as a felt machine. Such lovely crochet lace.

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  16. Beautiful! I think this turned out just as it should have...and will be an heirloom!

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  17. This is gorgeous! I had to laugh when you talked about turning it over and coming back to it for a fresh look. I do the same thing and eventually come up with an idea. I love what you did with it, a perfect creation.

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  18. Very pretty, Kadee. Both incarnations look like labors of love, both as a cuff, and then as your beautiful needle case. I especially love the gathered silk ruffle around the edges---such a luscious way to finish it!

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  19. HI! Thanks so much for popping in and leaving your kind comment on my tulips and transfer ware post.

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  20. Hi Kadee, Love the cuff turned into the adorable needle case. It seems meant to be this way. So creative and inspiring! xo Pam

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  21. Hi Kadee this is beautiful and you know what?
    This is the way our work grows and changes.
    Think of all the gifts you can now create for friends etc.
    Hugs and inspirational joy!
    Suzy

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  23. love these! and TY for stopping and commenting on my blog--you had me in stitches when you said now get busy missy--LOVE your style!
    chris

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  24. Hello, my Dear! This is beautiful! I'm sascinated with felting ~ have not tried it! I've come to you from The "Grow Your Blog" party...it was over before I knew about it, but it was so nice of Vicki to leave the list up! Anyway, I always welcome new blogs to enjoy, and yours is delightful! I am now following you ~ please come and visit me if you get a chance!
    So nice to "meet" you!
    Hugs,
    Anne

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  25. just gorgeous!!! I'm sort of like you, I'm not too frilly when it comes to my accessories, it's just perfect as a needle case. I'll be featuring this post on Thursday's Be Inspired, thanks so much for joining in!

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  26. Hi Kadee,
    What a special story how your cuff became a needlecase.
    It is lovely!! ...and inspiring.
    I finally managed to sign in as a follower !
    Love your blog and posts, as well as your work!!
    hope to visit you often.

    Hugs,
    Wilma.Shabby Royale.

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  27. Kadee...This is a beautiful heirloom to be...Blessings, Becky

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  28. Beautiful! Felted wool is so popular right now. I love learning new things also. Would absolutely love for you to share this at What to do Weekends Party also. Hope to see you. Linda

    http://www.craftsalamode.com/2013/02/welcome-to-what-to-do-weekends-party.html

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