Hope it’s been a cozy, lovely start to 2017 for you all!
So excited to be asked to be part of Beaverdale Books’ “We Heart Local Authors” event February 11th, for Pearl & the Whale. More details to come!
Also thrilled to be teaching another needle-felting class January 28th at Knitting Next Door. We’re making little heart whales, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
This little sweetie was made from leftover tufts of cherry red wool. Thought she might fly right out of my hands.
PJs, Crafts & Storytime will happen again soon. !!! Thanks to Ephemera’s Karen and Arin for opening up their always sparkly shop downtown to host the Pearl & the Whale reading!
I think this week calls for a bit of good news…
Copies of Pearl & the Whale are now available on my brand new etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/PearlandtheWhale
AND. Cute lil’ ornaments for sale too. Book + ornament = the perfect gift for the holidays. More felted character ornaments to come! Happy, cozy Friday all.
Hot off the press, FIRST printed copy has arrived!! Opened the box up with our five-year old, who is learning to read. Loved watching her try to pick out some of the sight words they’ve been learning about in Kindergarten.
Just a few minor color shifts to do before printing them all. !! (Like getting the title shifted to the right to get it off the spine!) Looking at a BOOK RELEASE by end of November.
Here’s the cover for Pearl and the Whale and a few sample pages I’ve been working on. (!!!)
Can’t wait to share more…
This last photo (zoom in on it — can you find Earth?) will be a full spread in the book. Our one and only, gorgeous Solar System TO SCALE (even distances apart from the planets). Look how TINY Mercury is compared to the Sun. Even Jupiter, our neighborhood Giant is so small… it’s all about PERSPECTIVE, isn’t it?
BEHIND THE SCENES.
Here are a few shots that Bethany somehow managed to fit in along with all the others! So Grateful she did because it really shows the scale of these little needle-felted things.
I kept trying to fluff the Sun’s solar “hair/flares”. And the Sun kept spinning the wrong way. A problem since I’d only needle-felted one side of it yellow. An air vent right above the setup kept blowing everything around. I’d say something like, “I need to turn Jupiter around again.”
To get the sea waves? Blue transparency cutouts and plexi.
Teensy needle-felted lighthouse. And an even tinier whale on the “ocean”.
Hubby’s microphone stands came in super handy for holding up little felted clouds and planes and such. From far away it looks like I made a very odd Earth hat. (Although I’m sure someone somewhere would probably wear it.)
Took A LOT of coffee to make this little book.
A LOT. No cream, no sugar. 🙂
Little Mercury has its Moment in the Sun.
And there we are. Earth. Just a twinkle in the Sun’s eye.
A needle-felted Solar System, for Pearl and the Whale. Photographed by Bethany Kohoutek.
No borders. No walls. One Earth. One Family.
What Pure Magic is it, that a giant ball of water, land and animals, people, hearts and minds, can float and spin through time and space? Regardless of your political views, I think we can all agree on one thing: Earth is Precious, beyond any words and we are lucky to find ourselves living on it.
I actually used about five different colors of blue wool roving for Earth’s oceans. The whole thing is unbelievably light as a feather. And it makes me think of how precious, how ephemeral our Earth really is. What a blink in eternity that we find ourselves here.
photos by Bethany Kohoutek.
She goes everywhere with that beach ball. See the clear filament lines? One holding up Pearl, the other to keep that beach ball from bouncin’ off into waves…
PHOTOS BELOW BY BETHANY KOHOUTEK.
I think maybe I love needle-felting so much because everything you make fits in the palm of your hand. There’s such a soft sweetness about them. Also. The only tool you need is a felting needle.