Welcome to Scarlet Cord

Hello! My name is Kris Keese and thank you for visiting my little blog where I share my needle felted journey as well as a few of those life experiences along the way. Please let me know you were here-I would love to hear from you!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The NH Sheep and Wool Festival

I have had a bad case of blogger's block but I think I am recovering and can finally
share my trip to the NH Sheep and Wool Festival.

We arrived just as they started a Sheep Dog Demonstration, which was something I really wanted to see and I know so little about.  Here are a few sheep facts:   Sheep are pretty helpless. Their only real defense is being in a group and having a shepherd. If they fall over they need someone to pick them back up. If they do not get their wool shorn then it will eventually kill them by making them immobile. They need to be led to water and to food. 

Hmmm...and so God tells me that I am one of His sheep. Yup!! That sounds like me.

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want.  He makes me lie down
in green pastures,  He leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.
Psalm 23

The Shepherd trains and commands his dogs, they make an amazing team.

All we like sheep have gone astray...Isaiah 53:6
The Lord says "I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. As a
shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after
my sheep".  Ezekiel 34:11&12

Fascinating to watch those dogs move the sheep just by looking at them (intensely look at them). As soon as the dog gets a certain distance to the sheep, the sheep move. I'd always heard about sheep being followers but these girls did not want to be separated from each other at all. In fact they would lean into each other as they ran around in a group.

Jesus said... "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life
for the sheep.  I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me..."
John 10:11, 14.
And so this once lost sheep is very grateful for my Good Shepherd!

And now on to all this wonderful WOOLY goodness.

Beautiful Colors:)

I had to touch (almost) everything!

Lots of wooly crafts-I don't have a picture but I was really
interested in rug hooking and so got a few tips and maybe 
someday I will try it.

There were all kinds of spinning wheels and happy spinners. 

Sending to you lots of wooly blessings:)

Friday, May 10, 2013

Feltin' Fridays #6

First kitty.

I was asked several times last weekend at the open house "How long does it take to make this?".  I felt like I was guessing because I've never sat and kept exact track of my time. I can figure how many days it will take depending on what I have going on in my life at that time but I haven't counted the hours. So Monday I started a new little kitten since I sold the first one to a sweet young cat lover on Sunday.  I had nothing else on the schedule for the day except a stop to make lunch and dinner, walk down to get the mail and help John with some paper work. Other than that I started around 8:00 in the morning and was still working on it when I went to bed around midnight with a little bit of finishing the next morning. So my best guess is at least ten hours. 

I always forget to take pictures of my progress.

Finished new kitty.

  I then spent Tuesday and Wednesday working on a new Polar Bear. I didn't 
track my hours and had more interruptions.

Last night I started a little blue bear.

He and I are having an arguement over how to make his legs.

He wanted to be different from little brown bear and have long skinny legs but
I disagreed and I think I won the arguement.  Now we have to decide-
do we want a bow tie or a big bow?

Brown Bear is very sweet to model for me but he doesn't like how all 
blue bear's fibers are sticking to his brown fur:(

Talk again soon and Happy Felting:)

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Two Days on the Farm

Jenness Farm in Nottingham, NH

We had a wonderful two days at Jenness Farm, the weather was perfect (I got a sunburn), the animals were fun to watch, good food, fun music, we met some great people, made some new friends,  I sold some of my felties...oh, and I bought some soap:)

Day 1- Was a little cool, so not thinking at all I declined a tent. Guess what happened to me.

My little sheep at the farm.

A big attraction-milking the goats.

The beekeeper.

Such cute animals. We were totally entertained by the baby goats.

Here is a future felter... he was so focused and really wanted to make something with his felting.

Kate's Day 1 face painting.

Fun Music

This flock of guinea hens weren't interested in music but they sure knew how to make 
their share of noise.

Day 2...They saw my red face and up went the tent:)

Our new friend, Linda the face painter. She also is an artist 
with her own studio, The Artist's View.

John came on Day 2

Day 2 face painting
Linda's face paintings were works of art.

A beautiful weekend!

A special thank you to the farm's owner Pete Corriveau for having us in his Open House
and for Manya Cetlin-Salter for inviting us.

Friday, May 3, 2013

My little sheep are heading to the farm

I am about to spend two days experiencing farm life...well, really I'm going to watch farm life from my chair, behind a table, demonstrating needle felting and showing off some of my felties.  I have really been looking forward to this weekend and yea! the weather is going to continue to be 'spring like'.
My sheep and I will be at the Jenness Farm Open House in Nottingham both Saturday and Sunday.

Even though Jenness Farm is mainly a goat farm, they do have two new
lambs so in their honor I made a little flock of resting lambs.

                                   Talk again soon:)