I think you probably know me as a seed bead girl and that would be natural, that is where I have put my artistic focus over the last few years. Time being what it is, the seed beads keep me busy and I do love them. But reading my friend Val's blogpost on needle felting, gave me pause to consider how we choose directions.
Back in 2005 when I was newly 'retired' from my corporate job and had moved to San Diego where I didn't now anyone, I wandered into the Grove in Northpark one day (always on the quest to locate other artistic souls) and found my girls. I had been knitting quite a lot at the time and Susan asked me if I would teach. With Cat Bordhi's permission and the purchase of her book, A Treasury of Magical knitting, I taught the moebius purse, and it was magical.
On an inside pocket of one of the samples, I had needle felted my initials and on the aqua one above, I needle felted the colorful circles onto the purse. That little act, something I have not gone on to pursue, was the jumping off point for Val's incredible needle felted art.
Around the same time I took a nuno felt class with another friend Arlene, who has gone on to excel in that artform, creating beautiful scarves, pillows and garments.
I am so fortunate to have such creative souls in my life.