The winner for giveaway number 3 is Donna (comment at 1.33am, November 22, 2014) Congratulations Donna, I’ll email you to find out which set of books you’d like :)
Last week I tried a plaid design on a piece of felt. I thought I’d laid the wool out thinly enough to work how I wanted, but it’s not as see through as I’d imagined. It still turned out alright though.
I’ve been wanting a large fold-away felting table for years. Every now and again I start looking again, but I never see one I want which is affordable. Last time I mentioned it, Marilyn said something about a board on a table. I started wondering where I’d get a good one, then realised I was staring at an old door I’d removed years ago. It’s an inside one so it’s flat, and cheap so it’s light. I tried it out on top of a table and it worked! This is it set up for felting in the hall, I’m looking down on it from the stairs:
And this is what I made: A yak scarf just for me, it is so soft and warm, I wore it when I went to the Post Office the other day.
The winner of the Nuno Felt Bracelet Kit is Kate Whyte, Congratulations.
I am holding a tea cozy class in February. I know how to make a basic tea cozy but thought I would try some different shapes for different tea pots. This is one to a little oriental tea pot.
Here is the template I made. You can see that I traced the teapot and then added to that. The plan was to cut the handle section out and use it to fold over the lid and hold with a button and make a hole for the spout.
Here it is ready for its rub and roll
and this was after a little rolling with the resist out.
You can see it hasn’t shrunk much but it just barely fits the teapot. I drastically underestimated how fat my little tea post is. I did not allow nearly enough room to go around it and have shrinkage. I didn’t measure, I was being lazy and paid for it. Oh well live and learn. I have some other tea cozies partially made. We will see how I did with them when they are done.
The winner of the birthday giveaway #1 for The Complete Photo Guide to Felting is Sally Gulbrandsen. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who responded. It was good to hear from all of you.
Last week, my local group met and we tried some shibori techniques. Bunny, who hosted our shibori party, has lots of examples and samples of shibori that are gorgeous. So she showed us her samples to start.
Lots of them still have the folded textures and the amount of work they took is amazing. I always forget how much work shibori is until I start doing it and then I suddenly remember why I don’t do it very often. Then Bunny instructed us on doing arashi shibori which means ‘storm’ in Japanese. It is a technique where you wrap the cloth around a pole and wind tightly with thread or string. This technique gives a diagonal line reminiscent of rain. Several of us had also done a bit of stitching in advance. I stitched one of my pieces in the mokume (wood grain) pattern. Paula stitched a piece of felt with some half circles and a few straight mokume lines. After wrapping our poles, we put some in acid dye pots and the others we used Color Hue dyes that require no setting or heating for protein fiber. The Color Hue dyes are quick and easy so if you haven’t done any dyeing before, it might be an easy start for you to try. Bunny ordered them from Dharma Trading.
I think we got some really great results. We had a fun afternoon but we all decided that shibori gives you quite a workout! If you’ve done any shibori, we’d love to see what you have done. Come on over to the forum and post about it!
Today is my turn for a birthday giveaway. What better way to celebrate than with fiber!
Since I received my new drum carder, I’ve been making good use of it for my projects, but it also gave me the opportunity to offer batts for the giveaway.
The “Santa” batt is 1.4 ounces and contains red hand dyed Cheviot, black Corriedale, black bamboo, angelina, mulberry silk and three shades of red merino along with some gold floss.
The “Ocean” batt is one ounce and contains hand dyed teal/turquoise Domestic 56, Romney and alpaca/silk; three shades of merino, angelina and mulberry silk.
The “Purple People Eater” has hand dyed Cheviot in purple, purple haze, and gray along with five shades of purple merino and a purple/red merino silk mix. It is 1.3 ounces.
To enter please leave a comment below on this post before Saturday, November 29. I will draw a name randomly from the comments. The winner will be announced in my post on November 30. Anyone can win, no matter where you live. Please contact me with your snail mail address if you win to make sure I know where to send your prize. Anonymous comments won’t work. Be sure to spread the word and share this post on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and any other social media or just tell your friends. Thanks!
I know a rooster seems like an odd choice for a felt picture. But I had seen a picture of this Dutch Bantam Rooster and I was intrigued. The colors are vibrant and cheerful.
It took me a while to work up the courage and the process to try to capture this beautiful creature in felt.
First, I made two merino batts to use as a background. One for the ground, one for the sky. I laid them over a batt of Coopsworth fiber as a base.
Then I cut out a prefelt backing for the rooster and the comb. I needle felted the head and different colored feathers. The eye is a small garnet inclusion.
When it was finished, I placed it on the background. Since I wanted the rooster to be the star, I didn’t add a lot of detail only some different color fibers to give a feel of flowing tall grasses.
I was careful not to over full it. I wanted the whole picture to have a hazy feel to it which would also help keep a feathery effect of the rooster.
Once it was done drying, I did some more needle felting to give it dimension and added a few more details on the grasses.
If you’ve noticed that there is a lot of area around the rooster, its because I was thinking of putting it over a stretcher bars or canvas. What do you think?
It’s my turn today to offer a free giveaway to celebrate the blog’s 3rd Birthday. I thought I would giveaway one of my e-books, but I didn’t know how to choose one and it still be fair to those who’ve already bought one or two, so I’ve put 2 or 3 together, and the winner can choose which set they want.
Set A: Beyond Nuno and Wet Felting – A Step by Step Introduction
Set B: Making a Wet Felted Vessel using a 3D Resist and Beyond Nuno
Set C: Handmade Felt Book-Cover Project and Polymer Clay: Simply Made
and Set D: Polymer Clay: Simply Made; Making a Wet Felted Vessel using a 3D Resist and Wet Felting – A Step by Step Introduction
Just click the names of the e-books to find out more about them. All you need to do to win is leave a comment on this post. You don’t have to choose which set you want just yet! I’ll draw the winner on the (UK) morning of the 28th November and announce them on my blog post that day. Good Luck!
The Giveaway is now closed.
In my last post, I had a photo of a rainbow piece I’d laid out for felting, I reworked the green and yellow part a little bit then felted it.
I’d used a top layer of drum carded batts I’d made from texturey wool, so the surface has an interesting texture:
Supermacro showing one of the wool locks:
I got a World of Wool order last week. One of the things I ordered was de-haired Yak fibre. A while ago, Marilyn sent me some Yak fibre to try and I loved it before I even felted it, it was so soft! After felting it, I knew I had to get enough to make a scarf, so ordered some. That was before I spent three hours on my knees making a scarf and vowing never again! :) I realised a few days ago though, I have an old door I can put over my table, which should do for scarf making until I find something better. So, I thought I should make a sample to work out shrinkage and see if my Yak feels as good as Marilyns. I laid out two fine layers, which is not as easy as laying out Merino. I added some of Marilyn’s fibre as surface decoration:
Sorry the pictures aren’t great again, but this is it after felting. I haven’t worked out the shrinkage rate yet (I had accounts to do this week and have had enough of maths!) but there wasn’t much, it started out 20cm x 66cm and ended up 18.5 x 61.5cm. This is after felting:
And this is a slightly better photo of it close up.
My girlfriend (who has never felted in her life, but has no idea just how much felting info she has absorbed) said the way it felted in soft ripples reminded her of Karakul. It feels so unbelievably soft, even softer than alpaca and cashmere! Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for another birthday giveaway :)