Wet Felting for Beginners Online Course and Giveaway

As Ruth mentioned last week, we’ve changed the format of our Wet Felting for Beginners online course. We had lots of enquiries about it between courses, and even with the extra weeks of support some people found it difficult to fit it in, or dates still clashed. So we’ve changed it to a ‘3 part course’ with unlimited access to the coursework, videos and class forum and continuous tutor support.

aa wet felting FOR BEGINNERS 3 PART COURSEFor anyone not familiar with the course, it covers all the ‘basics’ over the 3 parts, including wool lay out; how to get neat edges; the wet-felting process; exercises to learn about shrinkage and what affects it, and how to measure shrinkage and use this to calculate your layout size for future projects;  a whole load of information about different wools, felting methods and techniques to help you try out different things to find what suits you.

There are more details on the class information page, and we’ve included a detailed supplies list and what you’ll need for your wet felting ‘equipment’ : http://feltingandfiberstudio.com/classes/wet-felting-for-beginners-online-course/

Registration is open now, just use the contact form at the bottom of the class info page, and you can start the course as soon as payment is cleared.

But we also have 2 chances to win a free place in our giveaway! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post (make sure you use a valid email address, it won’t be shown, but we’ll need to contact you).

The winners will be announced on December the first and you’ll be contacted with all the details. Please feel free to share this on social media. Good Luck!

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Textile Museum

The sale I go to in September is put on by a local Textile museum.  The Mississippi Valley Textile museum. It is in an old textile mill and is more about the manufacture of textiles than the textiles themselves. There changing exhibits tend toward the art of textiles. They had an exhibit by nuno of Japan last year.

When I visited to drop off some thing for the store my hubby went into the permanent exhibit and took some pictures. If I know what something is I have labelled it.

sheep plaque sheep 2  This ram is the first thing you see when you go in. He is short and long.

strength testerThis is for testing the strength of wool. I am not sure if it was the fleece fibers or finished yarn.

pickerA large picker. The infeed teeth are flat. My picker is about 1/3 this size of this one but the teeth are pointy

carder carder 2 This is 2 shots of the carder. In the second picture you can see the beginnings of a second carder. There were two hooked together. You couldn’t get back far enough to take a picture of the whole thing but you can see it in the diagram below.

carding machin info carder diagram

sample carderThis is a little either model or a sample carder.

cop winder A cop winder. A cop is a larger longer package of wool on a metal spool.

loom 2 loom This is an industrial loom. It doesn’t have any treadles but I didn’t see a flying shuttle. Maybe its inside the box.

And some things that I have no idea what they are but they look interesting. I think the first one is a spinning frame and my hubby says the second one is the punch cards on an automatic loom

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Lastly a picture of an advertisement that was framed on the wall.

rosmond mill sign This mill is where the museum is now housed. The 2 storey building on the top right is the museum building.  The big building is now condos. I wish I had had more time. There were videos that showed how the machines work. They give you a remote so you can make them play as you go round.


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Three Months of Giveaways!

In celebration of the winter holidays and our fourth year anniversary, we are going to giveaway a bunch of fun stuff. Marilyn, Ann, Zed and I will each give something away over the next 3 months and we will also giveaway a few spots in our online classes. Just to let everyone know, we did change the format of the Wet Felting for Beginners online class so you can take the class at any time, at your convenience and have unlimited access to the course material. So keep your eyes peeled for all the giveaways and let the excitement begin!

For my giveaway, I created a sketchbook or notebook cover that fits a 5 1/2″ x 8″ book. It is removable so once you fill up the sketchbook, you can use it for another book. This includes a sketchbook that is perfect for drawing, making lists, taking notes or whatever you would like to record in it.

Front of Sketchbook Cover

It is a felt cover that I screen printed with the deconstructed screen printing method. (I am almost finished creating my online screen printing class if you’d like to learn this method.) I then added some silk paper for flowers and green silk sari ribbons. These were stitched down by machine.

Back of Felt Sketchbook Cover

This is the back of the cover.

Inside Front Cover

For the inside flaps, I used cotton fabric that my surface design group painted, stamped, stenciled etc.

Inside Back Cover

And here is the back flap.

Felt Sketchbook Cover

So if you would like to win this felt sketchbook cover, leave a comment here on this post. I would really appreciate it if you would share this on Facebook and other social media. The last day you can sign up to win is November 26 (which is Thanksgiving here in the US). I will announce the winner on November 27th. Please make sure that you don’t leave an anonymous comment or I won’t be able to contact you.

Happy Holidays from all of us here at The Felting and Fiber Studio. We really appreciate all of you who comment, participate on the forum, write guest posts and support us in our little venture. We never would have dreamed four years ago that our community of felt and fiber artists would have grown so big with so many countries in the world represented. We are grateful and humbled by your response and support. Thank You!

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A Peek at the Knitting and Stitching Show in London 2015

Our guest artist/author/photographer today is Leonor Calaca from Felt Buddies.

If you’re in Europe and a fibre aficionado, you’ve probably heard of the Knitting & Stitching Show. It happens in a few different locations and dates in the UK, and is probably the largest fabric/fibre event in Europe when hosted in Alexandra Palace here in London.

As it happens, the Alexandra Palace (or Ally Pally as it’s also known) is only 45 minutes away, on foot, from my place; as it happens as well, I’ve been volunteering for the past two years as a member of the London Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, to work a few hours a day at a booth that serves as a hub for all such UK guilds. Not because I’m such a wonderful and helpful person, mind you, but because this means I get a free pass to come and go anytime during those 5 days (and, at £16 for entry only, I think it’s well worth my time).

Last year I got all mesmerised by the fibres and materials I saw, and almost went bankrupt. This year I decided to be good,  more sensible and buy only the things I absolutely needed, which worked to an extent. I also decided to focus more on my energy on the really good exhibitions, and that’s what I’m going to write about.

Let’s start with an embroidery. How lovely and detailed is that?

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Art wasn’t just in 2D, the sculptures were very interesting as well.

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A glass and wool sculpture by Helen Pailing. She aims to use remnants from the glass and wool industry and incorporate them in a way that makes them not only art, but something you can keep instead of take to a landfill.

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The Wishing Tree by Eileen McNulty. Just look at those little details.

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I don’t know the author of this one, but here is ‘Palace,’ made with cocoon stripping paper and silk organza. The theme of this booth was vessels.

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Elena Thomson embroidered a sieve. Would you have thought of that? I think this would be wonderful to confuse old ladies.

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‘Stumpwork’ by Alana Chenevix-Trench.

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And a lovely sheep by Margarita O’Byrne.

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Then I went to Studio Art Quilt’s Associates (SAQA) booth that just blew my mind. I had no idea these detailed works of art could be made in that technique. The theme was Food For Thought and this is ‘Mushroom Frittata’ by Jean Sredi.

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‘Pepitas’ by Vicky Bahnhoff.

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‘Yum! Pineapple Upside Down Cake’ by Diane Powers-Harris. Yes, this is still a quilt.

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‘Il Mercato’ by Jeannie Moore

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‘Elegant Edibles’ by Jennifer Day.

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Who doesn’t love dolls?

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This one was my favourite: what a grumpy face.

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These two sculptures surprised me, as they’re made from a traditional paper folding technique native to the Philippines.

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And I saved the best for last: a fishmongers called Kate’s Plaice! Everything you see here is either knitted or sewn, and the details just make it extraordinary.

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The artist herself.

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Did you go to the K&S? What caught your eye? And am I going mad for taking more time to look at art instead of yummy yarn?

Thank you Leonor for taking us on this great fibre adventure!

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Notebook Covers

Sorry for the short blog post, I’m not very well, so it’s mostly photos. I tried so many times to get photos of the felt I made for these, but it was either too dark and they didn’t come out, or they were weirdly orangey. This is a cover I made for an A6 address book, I used a gardening notebook I made for my girlfriend years ago as inspiration. This is the front:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd this is the back, with silk carrier rods:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is a cover for an A6 address book too, I used some stripey tops I got from wollknoll and some rainbow trilobal nylon:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is a bigger one, a cover for an A5 diary or notebook made with lots of different silk pieces. I can’t decide which side I like best, so this is side one:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd this is side two:


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Round the farm.

I haven’t done a thing with felt this week. I have just been relaxing after the show and  trying catch up on all the things I wasn’t doing while getting ready. I thought I would show you a few things around the farm.

Every morning when I go out the door the Turkeys are there and they walk me to the van.

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In the picture on the right you can see 2 of the toms are all fluffed up and there heads are quite blue.

With it being fall we got wood in. We get 2 loads like this.

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We heat with an outdoor wood boiler. I like it much better than when we had an indoor wood furnace.

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To night as I write this one of our pigs has started to have piglets.

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Piglets are very cute. Now it”s time for bed for me.



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Tour of the Garment District in New York City

During the first week of October, I visited New York City for a week. The first day that my sisters and I were there, we visited the garment district.  The fabric shops in the garment district are mostly on 39th and 40th Streets, between 7th and 8th Avenues. There are also all kinds of trims, buttons, beads, and thread stores in those blocks. So you can wander through all kinds of goodies in a few blocks.

I didn’t take the photo above, but found it online at http://www.allianceforamericanquilts.org/ This area was under construction while we were there so you couldn’t even see this guy in the foreground of the photo. The fabric stores are amazing because there are rows and rows of all different types, colors and styles of fabric. Most of the store don’t want you to take photos inside so any inside photos were found on Yelp.

Many of the stores are on the second floor so you have to look up to see where they are. We visited New York Elegant Fabrics and B&J Fabrics. It was actually overwhelming to see the rows and rows of fabric bolts all piled on top of each other in a rainbow of colors.

I did take the photos above in the hallway before going inside B&J Fabrics. These are made from either swatches of fabric or larger pieces. They aren’t sewn together as far as I could tell so that they could be changed out to a different fabric.

The other fun thing as you walked along was the Fashion Walk of Fame That told a story about many different fashion designers. I didn’t even come close to taking photos of all of them.


And then there was Mood. Any of you who watch Project Runway, know about Mood. This is the store where the designers rush around trying to find just the right fabric for their upcoming project in half an hour or some other limited time period. You would really have to know what you wanted in advance, because there is so much to from which to choose.

From any kind of silk to every color of leather, the aisles are overflowing with fabric, trim, feathers, buttons and more.


And a trip to Mood can’t be had without seeing Swatch, the dog.

Mood Bag

So what did I buy? Can you believe it? Only this bag from Mood. I didn’t buy any fabric at all. It was just too overwhelming to even consider choosing much less paying those prices!



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