Monday, June 5, 2017

Summer Market June 2017


Saturday June 10th, 2017 12-4 pm

Key-Tello Residence



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georgina key designs




Nancy Tennant's Neckstrings


Demtra Boutique by Sofia Michaelides
Demetra Boutique

Eli's Bluejay Bakery

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Holiday Market 2016


Open House & Holiday Market


Saturday December 3rd, 2016 11-4 pm

Key-Tello Residence



georgina key designs


Nancy Tennant's Neckstrings


Demtra Boutique by Sofia Michaelides
Demetra Boutique

Eli's Eats

Corin's Wooden Jewelry



Music by Quentin Key-Tello

Thursday, August 20, 2015



Photo by artist Daniela Edberg
http://www.danielaedburg.com/

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Spinning Gromit

My current project is spinning my friend's poodle hair, which became even more poignant after Gromit passed away recently (this fur is from his very last haircut). I'm also working on hair from Rufus' very first haircut and will make a new skein for each time he gets a cut--once or twice a year. My friend plans to knit a series of squares to make into a Rufus blanket. I think the various squares will each have a subtle shade difference as he gets older and look beautiful stitched together.

Gromit
Rufus




Drying after a gentle wash (smells like wet dog!)



Winding the spun hair onto my swift

Completed Gromit Skein

Monday, April 22, 2013

Nuno Felting Workshop

Nuno Felting Workshop

What is felting? It's the seemingly magical art of transforming separate threads of fine wool fiber (roving) into a solid and durable piece of fabric. Color and texture can be varied through artistic design and choice of materials. "I'm drawn to the unpredictable nature of felting and other fiber arts. You must form a respectful relationship with the organic fiber you work with; it won't be bullied into submission!" Give it a try! It's a fun activity that everyone can enjoy, and the results are unique and beautiful.

This workshop introduces students to the nuno felting process, the end result of which will be a unique silk scarf. Water, suds, and some rolling, throwing, and bashing will not only be fun and informative but have been known to release stress as well!

$50 (all materials included)

Take a look at my website entry for "Felting Class Fall 2012" to see more photos from my previous classes.


Students' beautiful creations from May 2013 Nuno Felting workshop









Wednesday, January 9, 2013

3 Session Felting Workshop

3 Session Felting Workshop

What is felting? It's the seemingly magical art of transforming separate threads of fine wool fiber (roving) into a solid and durable piece of fabric. Color and texture can be varied through artistic design and choice of materials. "I'm drawn to the unpredictable nature of felting and other fiber arts. You must form a respectful relationship with the organic fiber you work with; it won't be bullied into submission!" Give it a try! It's a fun activity that everyone can enjoy, and the results are unique and beautiful--you'll amaze yourself!

This workshop introduces students to the felting process using various techniques that can be applied to countless creative projects. Water, suds, and some rolling, throwing, and bashing will not only be fun and informative but have been known to release stress as well! 
This workshop includes 3 one-hour classes (either consecutive or weekly)
All materials are included. Tuition is $150 + $35 supply fee.
Take a look at my website entry for "Felting Class Fall 2012" to see more photos from my previous classes.


Day 1
Flat Felting

 
Day 2
Felted Bowls

Day 3
Nuno Felting



Song of Myself
by Georgina Key

I am the clumps of wooly matter
scattered on the wooden floor.
Tangled mass of color,
Scented slightly of
warm, damp beast:
Madder, clutch, logwood, cochineal.

I am the once separate hues
Randomly gathered and caressed by greedy fingers
scratchy coarseness made soft.
Lovingly coerced into some semblance of order.

Am I the perfect shade of green?
The just-right saturation of Jaquard #16?
No, I am a wad of goldenrod
Tossed onto carders
Layered with a wisp of indigo,
teeth scraping each strand,
raking them into a color not yet named.

I am not the finely combed rolag,
Neatly arranged by color saturation,
Labeled carefully by dye lot.
Spun in order.
I am a knotted web of color and texture
Held together with intuitive intent
Rather than conscious design.

I am not the smooth even thread
Coerced into submission
As it runs through the flyer.
I am the spiral of color that twists unexpectedly.
The nubs—beautiful accidents,
Blobs and bumps that defy the spinner's craft.
Flaws that I cling to dearly
As my own.

Now the bobbin is full, fat,
So tight it refuses another turn,
Strains to be let loose.
I am not the tidy transition from bobbin to swift,
Winding thread, rhythmic clicks.
I am the knot that infuriates--
That may or may not be untangled,
That compels innovation.

I am not the smooth, even skein
Chosen for that fine sweater
you will knit your favorite niece.
I am the skein with nodules of persimmon,
bulky threads of azure,
Contradictory twists of chamomile green and hollyhock.
I am the skein used to knit that blanket
That perhaps only you will love.
Needles and fingers
caress each stitch,
Individual loops multiply
Forming one cohesive whole.

Monday, November 12, 2012

December 1st Felting Workshop

What is felting? It's the seemingly magical art of transforming separate threads of fine wool fiber (roving) into a solid and durable piece of fabric. Color and texture can be varied through artistic design and choice of materials. "I'm drawn to the unpredictable nature of felting and other fiber arts. You must form a respectful relationship with the organic fiber you work with; it won't be bullied into submission!" Give it a try! It's a fun activity that everyone can enjoy, and the results are unique and beautiful--you'll amaze yourself!

One day workshop Saturday December 1st  from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Art Studio on the Blvd. The morning will start with an introduction to felting during which we will make a wet flat felted sampler. After a snack break, we will create a wonderful silk nuno scarf. Please click here for further details or to sign up for the class.





I will be teaching another series of felting workshops starting February 21st 2013 for three consecutive Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the same location. 

Take a look at some photos from a recent felting workshop I taught in my 'Felting Class Fall 2012' post.

Also, here is a wonderful link about the importance of handwork in our modern society and how it connects us to each other and the natural world: http://www.onbeing.org/blog/world-through-hands/3931



Tuesday, October 30, 2012

November Open House Sneak Peek!

Take a sneak peek at some new gk designs, available at my open house
Saturday November 10th from 3 to 7 pm
1752 Kipling, Houston TX 77098

red nuno silk scarf


mustard nuno silk scarf


mustard/green tatty scarf


teal cowl with balls


vintage kimono neck cuff


"moss" hand-dyed, hand-felted artisan bowl


"woodland" hand-dyed, hand-felted artisan bowl

Hope to see you soon!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Dyeing & Spinning

My latest dye batch. As you can see, I stuck with primarily greens and mustards. Interestingly, I got several tones from the same dye bath.







Monday, October 15, 2012

Felting Class Fall 2012





Take a look at some photos from a recent felting workshop I taught in the Houston Heights.
 
Workshop #1: Flat Felted Sampler
In order to learn the basic fundamentals of wet felting, we started with a flat felted sampler.


Wool roving in unlimited hues

 


Laying out our designs








Applying hot soapy water to begin the felting process.



Finished samplers:






Workshop #2: Felted Bowls
This project is a more ambitious version of wet felting as it involves a three dimensional shape.


'Moulding' the fiber around a plastic ball
Applying hot soapy water and agitating











Finished Bowls







Workshop #3: Nuno Felting
For our 3rd felting workshop we created scarves using a nuno felting technique on silk.


Laying out our designs onto the silk fabric





This time we apply agitation by rolling our designs






Finished nuno silk fabric:



 

 

 
Workshop #4: Upcycled Bags
In our final workshop we did something a little different: upcycling is taking a pre-existing item and re-purposing it. In this case, we felted thrift store sweaters and turned them into bags. By washing wool sweaters in very hot water, the individual stitches lock together to become a solid piece of fabric that can be cut without unravelling as a normal sweater would do. Here are some samples: