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Wednesday, July 21, 2010


That $800 cutting machine is looking much more affordable as I chop my way through 15,000 meters of ProFusion!!
Such lovely colors, and no time to play with it myself - I feel like a chef with his jaw wired shut!
Those at the Midwest Felting Symposium will get to play with some of the ProFusion in a couple of their classes.  And Susan has some for sale afterwards too.
I'm planning to have a booth at the Houston Int'l. Quilt Show in November, so if anyone is down this way for that, be sure to come by and see Suzanne Morgan and myself.  Lots of lovely wools and silks to drool over... but please bring your own bib!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Educating the great unwashed.

Well... it's almost too much technology at once!
But since my hubby's tech job ended at the end of June, I have now had a full-time "technical assistant" on hand 24/7.  Of course, he's full of suggestions... and this blog is the first of those.  Next came the youtube suggestion, so here is my first attempt at educating the masses. 
For those on the felters' chatlist who expressed concern that felting might have reached its peak, I'd like to suggest that we have only just scratched the surface.  Probably 50% of my weekly customers at are totally new to the world of felting.  So for those of you in the world of teaching classes, I suggest that you don't forget the beginners out there.  I realize there are wonderful techniques and expert projects being offered... and that's great.  But there is a constant stream of "newbies" who are frequently asking for basic felting classes.  They often come from a totally non-fiber background, but have seen a piece of work that spoke to them in such a way that they want to know more.
I sometimes watch these fancy cooking shows and chef challenges, but I wonder if there aren't many out there who would just like a simple show that taught them how to make a nice sauce for a piece of fish, or even just a way to get chicken and a couple of vegetables to the table at the same time, in a way that will appeal to the family.
So let's spread the felting knowledge further abroad so that we don't have to explain what we do to those who would look at us as if we have three heads!

Beginner's Felting Instructions
Part 1

Part 2

Friday, July 16, 2010

Busy Week

Well... orders are packed and out the door... and my pinkie finger has a blister from cutting so many meters of ProFusion over the past few days. 
I've got a lovely piece of silk gauze beckoning, and a tentative project in mind. 

My goal is to learn how to load pictures to this blog without the assistance of my "technical assistant" (read husband here), so hopefully I can post some work in the future.

Looking forward to seeing our newly-married daughter and her husband this weekend... just back from their honeymoon in Greece.  I had made a little light-weight nuno wrap to go over my dress at the wedding, but even after going inside after the outdoor ceremony, it was still too warm to show it off!  Nothing like Texas heat to make you want to wear wool!

Time for a glass of wine, a steak on the barbie and a relaxing evening.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Joining the World of Technology

 Lest I be left behind in this wonderful world of technology, I am tentatively entering the world of blogging.  My adult kids may fall down in amazement and make rude comments about old dogs learning new tricks, but every once in a while I have to suprise them just to remind them I'm still the Queen of "No!" 
It used to be "No, you may not have a can of soda" or "No, you may not stay until past 11.30pm" and "No, I do not think $89 is a reasonable price to pay for tennis shoes.. even if they do have a fancy little check mark on the side!"

Now it has to be "No, you may not show me how easy it is to buy shoes on the internet", or "No, I am quite happy with my old phone.  No, I do not need something smaller that I can't see the numbers, just because it takes photographs, has 159 different ring options, and keeps track of what's going moldy in my refrigerator!"

Ain't it great to be 55 and still able to take care of myself!... with a little technical assistance from my delightful husband... okay.. a LOT of technical assistance.

As the owner of Outback Fibers, life has been great these past 15 years as I've worked to grow my business into a successful little venture that has allowed me the freedom to work from home, handling luscious fibers all day, and helping people discover the wonderful addiction that is felting.
ProFusion Has Arrived!

This week the first shipment of ProFusion arrived.  The quality is great.  This product is one of the most useful items available for creative felting.  I know many fiber artists who have been using pre-felts in their design process and in creating wonderful art and saleable products.

Check it out on the website at and feel free to call me if you have any questions.