September Classes! “Cool Cats” + “Owls”

Well summer is winding down and it’s been a busy one! I’ve been able to needle felt some new creations but have also concentrated on my landscape painting and children’s book illustrations. Now that Autumn is upon us I’m getting the needles and wool out more and will be offering a few classes. The first two classes are “OWLS” and “COOL CATS”, sign up for one or both! In each class we will have tea/coffee and a treat to eat too! You will make one project to keep, all materials are included in the price.

Make your own unique owl to keep or give.

Make your own unique owl to keep or give.

OWLS – Thurs. 22 Sept. 10am-1pm £20, Rothbury Jubilee Hall. To see more photos of my felted “Owls”, click here.

To see a blog post about an Owl class I taught in April 2016, click here.

If you want me to hold a place for you in the OWL class Contact me.

6.5 inch Cats, all fully poseable

Create a unique 6.5 inch Cat, fully poseable.

COOL CATS – Thurs. 29 Sept. 10am-1pm £20, Rothbury Jubilee Hall. To see more photos of my “Cool Cats” click here. This is a brand new class and I can’t wait to see all the different cat characters everyone will make!

If you want me to hold a place for you in the COOL CATS class Contact me.

When you sign up I’ll send more information about what room we’re in and how to get to Jubilee Hall for those that need it. I also bring Needle Felting kits that contain many tools, some different colored wool and a basic Needle Felting booklet available at class for purchase if you like, and many different colored wools in small bags for purchase.

Two Needle Felting Classes in May!

Come have fun learning to Needle Felt with wool! In each class you will make one project either a poseable sheep or a unique gnome. We will also have tea or coffee and a dessert baked by me! Bring a goodie to share if you like. Secure your place to learn creative techniques with artist Mary McAndrew. Sign up for one or both classes but do it soon as places are limited!

Needle Felted Sheep Class- May 11th 10am-12:30

Needle Felted Sheep Class- May 11th 10am-12:30

 Needle Felted Sheep – 11th May Wed. 10am-12:30 pm £20

Contact me to secure your place, only TWO places left!

Needle Felted Gnomes Class May 18th 10am-12:30

Needle Felted Gnomes Class May 18th 10am-12:30

Needle Felted Gnome – 18th May Wed. 10am-12:30 pm £20

Make one unique gnome to keep or makes an excellent present!

Both classes will be held at the Alnwick Baptist Church, Lisburn St. in Alnwick, Northumberland. Please contact me to hold your place and share with friends if you think they’d like to come try it. We have a lot of fun.

Next classes may be held in Rothbury, planning on poseable cats and maybe you have a request?

 

Happy Needle Felting!

Happy Needle Felting Everyone!

Happy Needle Felting Everyone!

I’ve been creating lots of little sheep for my upcoming “Needle Felted Sheep” class; NO they are NOT this big! I was in a bit of a silly mood so I had fun creating this picture. That’s me on Corby Crags and now I have my own flock of sheep!

Have fun needle felting!

Sheep Class is on May 11th 10-12:30 at the Alnwick Baptist Church. There will be tea/coffee and dessert too. £20

There will be a Gnome class the following week on May 18th, same place and time. £20

We Had a Hoot at the Owl Class!

Today I taught a needle felting class to make little owls. I had nine ladies come from all around the area here in Northumberland. We had our class at the Alnwick Playhouse in Alnwick.

Some of the ladies working on their needle felted owls.

Some of the ladies working on their needle felted owls.

We all had a great time chatting and creating together.

Adding wings to a needle felted owl.

Adding wings to a needle felted owl.

I showed them how to needle felt wings and they chose what position they wanted them to be in.

Some liked holding the project up to add details, though I warned them they might stick themselves easier this way!

Some liked holding the project up to add details, though I warned them they might stick themselves easier this way!

Some liked holding the project up to add details, though I warned them they might stick themselves easier this way! Oooo see the bandaid on that finger?!

This little owl looks full of character!

This little owl looks full of character already!

This little owl is getting soft ear tufts put on, he looks a real character already!

I brought a wide assortment of owls for students to look at.

I brought a wide assortment of owls for students to look at.

I brought ten or more different little owls that I made, to let them look at for ideas.

Group photo of the owls I made and brought to class.

Group photo of the owls I made and brought to class.

Here’s a group photo of many of the owls I made, trying out different looks to inspire students.

Here's a little grey owl I made just before the workshop.

Here’s a little grey owl I made just before the workshop.

Here’s a little grey owl I made just before the workshop. The black line around his face inspired one of the students to try that on hers, and she did a great job!

Here's all the needle felted owls made by my students!

Here’s all the needle felted owls made by my students!

Here’s all the needle felted owls made by my students! I love how different they all look. It’s when we put the eyes on they really come alive.

I had to share these pictures from my last workshop:

Working with my fun student Jan, making "Colourful Critters".

Here I am (on left) working with my fun student Jan, making “Colourful Critters”.

Here I am (on left) working with my fun student Jan, making “Colourful Critters”. We had such a relaxing class!

Two red squirrels waiting for their eyes.

Two red squirrels waiting for their eyes.

These two red squirrels are just waiting for their eyes.

The next class will be Needle Felted Sheep! A great beginner class to learn how to use a wire armiture; the sheep are poseable and we’ll have a variety of natural colours to choose from.

We'll make poseable sheep from a variety of natural colours.

We’ll make poseable sheep from a variety of natural colours.

Date for that is May 11 with a gnome workshop on May 18th; both will be held at the Alnwick Baptist Church. It’s a bright, cozy, friendly space where we can make our own coffee and tea and I’ll bring a homemade dessert to share! More details to come. Sign up your email in the subscribe box up there on the right, and get my posts delivered to your email!

New Classes! Colourful Critters + Owls!

Make a Colourful Critter of your own or makes a great gift!

Make a Colourful Critter of your own or makes a great gift!

COLOURFUL CRITTERS:

Class 1: Wed. March 23rd 10am – 12:30 pm  £20

Optional Follow-Up Class 2: Wed. 30 March 10am-12:30 pm Only £10!

LOCATION: Alnwick Playhouse, Bondgate Without, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1PQ

Come have fun learning to Needle Felt with over 106 colours of wool to choose from!

In Class 1 you will make one Colourful Critter of your choice and all materials are included in the fee. The optional follow-up Class 2 is Half Price and you just pay for wool you use in class. It’s inexpensive for each little project so you may want to make a bunch! Optional follow-up class 2 is a great opportunity to ask questions, get help on projects you tried at home and gives me the opportunity to make sure you get lots of extra attention! Sign up for one or all classes! Secure your place to learn creative techniques with artist Mary McAndrew. Email me for details and to secure your place.

The class will be held at the Alnwick Playhouse. We’ll work on the balcony that overlooks the Gallery; it’s a great location but still feels cozy! Also the cafe will be open, it’s goodies and drinks available for purchase if you like.

I will also have Needle Felting kits, needles and various tools available at class for purchase. I’ll bring over 106 different coloured wools if students would like to purchase any. See additional pictures of Colourful Critters I’ve made below!

The next project I’m offering is OWLS:

Class 1: Wed. 13th April 10am – 12:30 pm  £20

Optional Follow-Up Class 2: Wed. 20 April 10am-12:30 pm Only £10!

LOCATION: Alnwick Playhouse, Bondgate Without, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1PQ

Come have fun learning to Needle Felt with over 106 colours of wool to choose from!

The OWL class will be run just like the COLOURFUL CRITTERS above, Email me for details and to secure your place.

Below is a flyer PDF with both classes on if you want to print it out to show your craft group or friends. If the dates or times don’t suit you please email me and let’s see what we can arrange!

NF PDF owls + c critters

The Evolution of a Wolf

Late one night I created a bear.

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Hello! A little brown bear comes to life.

What I love about needle felting is how something you start out to make just might end up being something else.

Black Welsh Mountain sheep wool, nice variation of fibers but some white hairs too.

Black Welsh Mountain sheep wool, nice variation of fibers but some white hairs too.

 I wanted to make a bear because I had some Black Welsh Mountain fleece I bought from “World of Wool”. It’s a natural, very dark brown with a bit of variation of hairs in it, so I thought it would make a good bear. The only problem is it had some white guard hairs that I had to pick out with tweezers as I worked.

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We do a little dance!

I first made it with a rounded type muzzle (I don’t have a picture of that) then I shaped it more elongated like a snout, you can see it in the picture above. It was difficult adding his little nose because the wool was so dark, black didn’t show up well.

Who taught him to do a "Downward Dog" yoga pose?

Who taught him to do a “Downward Dog” yoga pose?

And that’s why I tried using a light color to show a line for the mouth. Since he wasn’t a realistic bear, I wanted him to have a smile, but that was difficult too. He looked happy bu it just didn’t look right to me. He didn’t look ‘bearish’ enough. On my “Mary McAndrew Fiber Art” facebook page I asked followers if they thought he should have more tummy and the vote was “YES”! Maybe he’s been doing too much yoga?

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Little bear can talk now that he has a proper mouth, he’s talking to me but his voice is very small, like him.

Then I added a lower jaw so his mouth looked open. That’s cool!

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“But what’s wrong with my ears and tail?”

Well before I start serving him ice cream and cakes to fatten him up, I still kept thinking he didn’t look like a bear. I kept seeing a wolf in bears clothing!

Wolfy looks surprised to have new ears! Actually the same ears just made pointy!

Wolfy looks surprised to have new ears! Actually the same ears just made pointy!

So I used my needle to shape his ears more pointy and then I made him a nice fluffy scruffy tail. Gosh now he looks like a wolf! I think that’s what he was meant to be all along because he is perfect as a wolf!

Here's the wolf, stepping out for a stroll.

Here’s the wolf, stepping out for a stroll.

I might make him a little colorful vest out of felt. We’ll call him “Wolfy” for now…maybe it should be “Woolfy”!

Here's Wolfy practicing his 'stealth techniques'.

Here’s Wolfy practicing his ‘stealth techniques’; I love his bushy tail!

A note about the Black Welsh Mountain wool, it was a bit fiddly to work with. It did needle felt well and because it was ‘top’ it was combed into long ropes with fibers going the same way, so it wasn’t bad for wrapping the armature. But it did have lots of really light hairs that I had to pluck out with tweezers as I worked. If I used it as a core wool it wouldn’t matter and because it’s a natural color it has various color hairs in it and that can add interest.

Wolfy has a chat with a fluffy sheep.

Wolfy has a chat with a fluffy sheep.

OK, so the BIG question is…do you think he’s better as a Bear or Wolf? Please leave your comments below, love to hear from you.

Little Bearded Men About

Lately I’ve been having fun creating new little gnome type characters. I’m getting ready to teach a gnome workshop and it’s led me to create many different bearded type little men!

Santa gnomes have natural sheep locks that I found while walking here in Northumberland

Santa gnomes have natural sheep locks that I found while walking here in Northumberland

First there was the Santa Gnomes pictured above.

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Tiny gnome only 4.25″ tall!

Then this little guy came, he’s so cute, he has small feet and legs. Then I made him a friend…

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BFF Best Friends Forever! The second gnome has different style legs.

I designed the second gnome to have different legs, easy to make for my beginner class but still a little more detail than the santa gnome bases.

Then this little man with the BIG moustache came along.

Then this little man with the BIG moustache came along.

This little man wearing blue and a BIG golden moustache came along. He wears a huge fluffy blue plume in his hat and holds his hands behind his back while he’s thinking.

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They were joined by two more gnome types.

Look at all those beards and moustaches! It’s so much fun making these little guys. I can’t wait to teach my gnome class!

Needle Felting Classes and a Christmas Fair

Hello everyone, I’ve been a busy bee! Working not only on some watercolors while out on my walks, but also putting together some Needle Felting classes! I’ve had so much fun preparing by making lots of snowmen, gnomes, flat felted picture ornaments and floaty soft Fairies and Angels. It really is so much fun to work with all the colors and different types of wool I’ve collected.

Here is the poster we designed for my two classes in December.

snowman + gnome wkshps flyer Needle Felting Classes and a Christmas FairSnowman Workshop: Monday 7th December, 2 pm-4:30 pm £20

Gnome Workshop: Monday 14th December, 2 pm-4:30 pm £20

Both will be taking place at Nelson’s at the Park cafe in Swarland Village, Northumberland. It’s a great little community cafe with the most excellent desserts and I’ve been hearing such good things about their food from the locals! I’m excited because our class will include a hot coffee or tea and a dessert specially prepared for us! YUM. I already have a few students signed up so please don’t wait to send me an email if you want to join us. When you email (marymcandrew62 at gmail.com) I’ll send you a Paypal invoice and you can pay with paypal or credit card.

We’ll learn about the qualities of different wools and how to work with them. I’ll bring some fun needle felted projects I’ve made to show you what else you can do with wool and spark your creativity. I’ll also bring along a very big selection of all colors of wool for students who want to purchase some to take home.

CHRISTMAS FAIR

Me and my small table at Gallery 45 Christmas Fair

Me and my small table at Gallery 45 Christmas Fair

On Saturday (Nov.21) I took part in the Christmas Fair at Gallery 45 in Felton, Northumberland. I decided to do it only two days before the event so I kept it simple. I rented a small table just so I could put out some note cards, small prints of my artwork and a good selection of felted peices. It was a lot of fun meeting local people and talking about my work and a great way to talk about my classes coming up in December.

Sock monkey and angel

Sock monkey and angel

I thnk the Sock Monkey was trying to serenade the angel when I wasn’t looking, is she throwing her arms up to cover her ears? We’ll never know!

Email me (marymcandrew62 at gmail.com) if you have a small group in Northumberland that would like to learn how to needle felt and we’ll see if we can arrange something. So many fun things to create!