In Estonian internet craft community Isetegija there was a project “Black and white” where you had to use whatever technique you like as long it is black and white – no other colors were allowed.
As black has been my favorite color for a long time and white has also followed it, then I decided to join that project. I had a plan to do a journal for my shawls that would include photos of these and all calculations and descriptions of all calculations and materials. It happened, that I wasn’t able to do the journal on time, so I made one white felted box with black hand-stitched ornament:
Still, I needed the journal and so I finished that one too. Used 2.5 mm cardboard for covers that I painted with black gesso except the area for gel transfer that was painted white. I did the image transfer using printed photo of the pattern of my last shawl, then used some rubber-stamps and used coptic binding with white waxed thread. So, here it is:
I was thinking… that it is good to post here my previous feltings – felted boxes with Estonian national ornamentation. In opposite to traditional natural white linen and thin colorful embroidery threads I have used silky and therefore a bit shiny threads that I got from my grandmother. There is a very beautiful book that gives an excellent overview about the Estonian national ornaments, motifs of Mulgi and Kihnu archaic embroidery – Christi Kütt “Pihuloomad. Lühike õpetus mänguasja meisterdamiseks.” (“Palmpets. Guidelines for making the toy”). It is both in estonian and in english.
Felted boxes with Estonian national ornaments…
And there are also some earrings…
Right now I am working with my Etsy-plan… I hope I can open my shop next week… there is still a lot to do…
Finally I got to the point where I felt that I need my craft space in english. I have actively done my craft work for about two years and now I am planning to open my etsy-shop, but there is still much to do.
I like to try different styles and techniques and I am still in the middle of finding myself. I guess this will be the lifelong learning experience.
I am doing my craft along with the changes in the nature. Right now, when it is getting darker and colder more and more each day, I find myself doing felting and knitting.
My latest passions are felted balls and Haapsalu laces. Of course I don’t make the snowball-like-balls just to bring winter emotions to my heart and decor, but I have some other clever ideas what to do with these. Wait and see!
There is also another love in my craft-life and it is making journals. One of my last journals was made for my husband for his notes about movies. First time I used rings for binding, but it is a good option for this notebook, as he can take pages off and also add new ones when necessary.
The other album is made for my dear friends who just got their second daughter. And this Japanese-style binding (with some modifications) seemed to work perfectly together with the cover. I must say that I love these papers I got from Panduro Hobby shop that I used for covers and inside.