Saturday, December 26, 2009

Upcoming Felting classes and Network news!!!

I am happy to announce that I am one of 28 local artists who recently created  the Lawrenceville Artists Network. We have gallery space for exhibitions  and a small room for classes . All this is located in the heart of picturesque Lawrenceville, NJ.
at 2683 Main Street on the corner of Gordon Ave. and Main Street.

Upcoming felting classes:
4 Thursdays in January, 6:30- 9:30 pm

7th & 14th January 6:30- 9:30 pm: Hat-on-a-ball
Here is a fun way to create a 3-dimensional round shape that can be turned into
a vessel or a hat or even a bag! We will felt over an inflatable plastic ball using 
dyed carded wool plus yarn and fabric scraps for embellishment. 

Beginners are welcome!
Price: $40, materials included.

21st & 28th January 6:30 - 9:30 pm: All small things felted
We will be making balls, beads, strings and small flat pictures with wool, silk,
and other fibers and fabrics.
Price: $40, materials included

2 Sundays in February, 10 am to 5 pm

7th February 10 am to 5 pm: Scarves and other flat things
Make a scarf, a small wall hanging or a table runner by
combining dyed carded wool with silk, linen and cotton
fabrics and other natural fibers. Expect a bit of physical
work while rolling the wool into felt. No previous
experience necessary.Ages 15 and up
Cost is $80, including materials

21st February 10 am to 5 pm: Small rug
We are going to make a thin but very strong felted
rug using cotton muslin fabric with Norwegian wool
for extra durability. Approximate finished size will be
15" x 25". Instructions to make very detailed design
will be presented.Bring a drawing or a photo to work
from or use one of instructor's books. Expect a bit of
physical work while rolling the wool into felt.
No previous experience necessary. Ages 15 and up.
Cost is $80, including materials

Sign up early , class size is very limited!

Register by emailing to
or by calling 609-240-1619
Checks could be mailed  to :
Piroska Toth
45 Cuyler rd.
Princeton, NJ 08540

Saturday, October 10, 2009

International Day of Felting and FeltUnited Birthday Girl 10/3/2009

What a great opportunity to promote felt AND present a good friend with a scarf in "FeltUnited" colors on her 40th birthday!! A simple construction of yellow & red -short fiber- merino on a light yellow & red silk chiffon . I overlapped the 2 silk colors to generate some orange. I started one end with yellow wool crosswise and moved towards the other end carding more and more red into the yellow. Finished up with red down at the other end ;so one corner became "very" yellow and another "very" red with hues of orange in between. I left some silk exposed for added surface design. More about the 1st International Day of Felt at

Friday, May 01, 2009

SILK - The miracle of methamorphosis

A new post has been long overdue and I thought that last week's silk workshop by fiber artist Renate Mail-Moskovitz would be a perfect opportunity to restart writing.....
The silkworm by itself looks nothing unusual: if you are not fond of creepy-crawlers it will not be a "love at first sight"!

They start out as tiny black dots and live an amazingly boring life. They feed ONLY on mulberry leaves; in fact they rather die than try new food. There is a point when they can't eat any more....and that is when the miracle starts! They spin their spit into a cocoon: first the outer shell, then the continuous, 1-mile-long, super thin silk thread that actually has a diamond shaped cross section (2 triangles, to be precise). This gives silk its shine.

It takes 2 1/2 days for the silkworm to finish the job. The innermost layer is another, very strong shell. When the moths come out, they only live to mate.

Just before they die , the females lay 300 to 500 eggs.....and the cycle starts again. be continued

Friday, March 28, 2008

I have been felting.....

Honfoglalás kori övcsat mintája

This is the piece I made at Mehmet's class in February.
The design is a belt buckle from 9th century Hungary . We used Turkish merino, and muslin fabric between the layers.
My piece has natural colors except for the border.

This is an orchid that Theresa started at that same workshop and I finished it ( she was way too busy to work on it) with whatever leftover I found after the students were would have been a waste to throw all that wet wool out!!
The white muslin shows up really nice on this piece.

Cabbage soup with sausage

Magyarul itt
It is more like a winter soup and it is already spring, I agree, but it tastes delicious! I made it for a bunch of my friends for March 15th to celebrate this Hungarian National Holiday. They all loved it! For dessert we had Kürtőskalács on the grill, and that was even a bigger hit!
The recipe for this soup is sooooo easy .....of course when you make it for a crowd you need to double or triple it!
1/2 white cabbage
2 big carrots

1 lb. potatoes

1 onion, cut up

2 cups of stock or even better if you have some leftover sauce from a chicken or duck roast ( you know, the jellied stuff at the bottom of your roasting pan. I freeze them in small batches), or you can just use water....
basil, bay leaf, thyme, caraway seed and salt to taste
1/2 of a Polish kielbasa or any sausage (about a 7-inch-piece), cut up and sauteed in a pan for 5 minutes

Saute the onion in a tsp. of oil ( I used duck fat) for a couple of minutes.
Cut up the veggies more or less the same size (not too small), add them to the onion, add the stock/sauce and enough water to cover + a little bit more . Season it but be careful with the salt! When the veggies are almost done add the sauteed sausage pieces, too and cook them together for 5 more minutes. Serve it with home made bread and Bull's Blood red wine (that is the only Hungarian wine available locally) Enjoy!