Lots of Felting on the Go

I’ve been very busy since my last post but I do not have a lot done.

I did teach a hat making class and I will have more about that in another post

I started a new bubble hat…..not finished

bubble hat start

I started a pill box hat…..not finished

pill box

I started a yarn bag…..not finished

yarn bag

And lastly not finished is my postcard to send for the Christmas exchange on the forum. I cant show you that until it is sent and received.

I broke down and pretended I was Zed and did a sample. I almost never do samples but I have a long dress worth of beaded and sequined shear fabric.  I wanted to know how it would work as nuno felt and thought why not see how it works on different colours while I am at it.

beaded sample

The white migrated through more than the black. The white coved many of the beads. The black didn’t do that. Normally I would shave a piece if I had the migrating wool hiding something but I can’t do that  here because it would damage the sequins and maybe the beads too.

The other thing I finished today was these flower pins. They are not very exiting but look great on the side of a hat.

flower pins

I thought I would share some pictures of what I woke up to this morning.

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Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow to put your name in for our second Birthday Giveaway.

 

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Happy Birthday Give Away #1

Happy Birthday to Us! To celebrate today, I am giving away one of my books, The Complete Photo Guide to Felting. And I’ll even sign it for you. Now if you already have it or don’t think you need a book about felting, remember that the holidays are coming soon and it would make a lovely gift for someone who has just started felting.

The Complete Photo Guide to Felting

All you need to do is leave a comment here on this post before Sunday, November 23rd. I will draw a name randomly from the comments and send the winner a signed book. The winner will be announced in my post on November 24th. And don’t worry, anyone can win, no matter where you live. You will need to let me know your snail mail address if you win so make sure I can contact you. Anonymous comments won’t work. Please spread the word and share this post on social media, thanks!

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Week Long Birthday Celebration

If you’re going to celebrate your birthday, we think you should celebrate all week long. That’s what we’re going to do this week here at The Felting and Fiber Studio. Our “birthday” is November 20th. Our first post was November 20, 2011 and it’s hard to believe it’s been three years since we began. Our plans for the week include four separate give away posts that we hope you’ll spread the word about. Each of us will be doing our regular post for the week and then the following day will be a give away. So stop back all week to join in the birthday celebration and perhaps win something fabulous! We’ll be here in the background humming “Happy Birthday to Us” and dancing about in our birthday suits. Thank goodness you can’t see us!

Laying Out the Wool For a Phone Sleeve

This past week I have been working on making some more felted items to put in the store before the holiday season. I have several of my felted phone sleeves still available but because the phones keep getting bigger and bigger, many people’s new phones will not fit in the old size phone case.

Size Difference

The new size I just made is on the left and the old style which fits my out of date phone is on the right. Hopefully, between the two sizes, everyone’s phone will fit.

Purple and Green Phone Sleeve

This one is purple and green with a bit of red. The photo color is a bit off, so think more towards purple for the background.

Cheesecloth Phone Sleeve

And this one is made with a base of blue wool and hand dyed cheesecloth on top.

Blue Drink Sleeve

I also needed some more coffee cuff/sleeves. Here’s one in blue with a few orange/red accents.

Cheesecloth Drink Sleeve

One with the same cheesecloth as the phone sleeve. I like how the base wool really makes a difference in the color of the cheesecloth on top.

Cheesecloth Flower Drink Sleeve

And this one is red violet with a cheesecloth flower. I hadn’t tried one of these flowers before but it worked out fine. I just wadded up a piece of cheesecloth and made a wool center. It felted right in, no problem.

Have you been making anything for holiday sales or gifts? We’d love to see what you’re making over at the forum. And don’t forget to stop back by tomorrow for the first give away.

 

 

 

 

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Keeping Summer Alive

This past spring, I had a real surprise when I noticed a little garden of violas growing in the cracks of our patio.

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They flourished throughout the summer, but when the colder weather started to hit I knew I’d be sad to see them gone.  I had purchased a picture frame at a garage sale over the summer with nothing special in mind, but then decided to keep the memory of my patio pretties alive thru a three dimensional felt representation.

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I needle felted the flower, leaves and stems separately.  Then I placed a plastic resist around some of the petals so that they could be manipulated into a shape while drying.

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I used a white prefelt with just a hint of color in the background and placed the flowers,  leaves and stems into position, gently needle felting them into place. Then I placed another resist under part of the leaf I want to raise before felting and fulling.

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Here are several angles of the felted flower and leaf.

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Taking a picture straight on after framing it doesn’t do it justice because it’s hard to see the dimension.

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Now I can enjoy my viola all winter long.

How do you keep your summer memories alive during the colder months?

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Batts, a Rainbow and a Scarf

Firstly, I’d just like to say thanks to everyone who took the time to comment and offer their suggestions on my last post, they were all really appreciated and have given me lots of ideas for the future.  After a lot of thought about Social Media, especially after Leonor‘s comment and advice, I caved in and made a Facebook page   https://www.facebook.com/pages/Felt-by-Zed/867287306648868  There’s nothing there yet, I’m still trying to work out how to follow people etc, so if you have any tips, helpful hints etc, they are very welcome. Also, what’s the ‘etiquette’ on groups, can you just ‘join’ ones you like, or follow or whatever it is, or should you be invited?

I wanted something soothing and relaxing which didn’t require much looking after doing lots of sewing, so I thought I’d make some batts. I made them all a bit different, some with just different shades of Merino and some matching fibres, some had a lot of texturey wools blended in and I made a couple with lots of different fibres , shades and textures.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI also made some single colour textured batts to use on rainbow pieces, these didn’t photograph very well because there wasn’t much colour difference and it’s been really dark here the last couple of days. I did use them on this piece though, I’m going to add a little more green to where the yellow blends into the green, I don’t think the band is quite so defined in real life, but it does look like it needs more green on this photo.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI finally got around to making a scarf yesterday. It took all week to ‘prepare’ for it as I had to do it on the hall floor, so cleaning the hall floor, working out shrinkage, drawing out the template, etc. When I did get around to it, I was regretting it an hour in. 2 hours in I was regretting ordering 4 more packs of 18mic Merino last week thinking I’d get into scarves for a bit. 3 hours in I just wanted to curl up on the pillow I was using for my knees and have a nap. Today, every time I look over at my scarf and think ‘Ooh, it was worth it though’ every muscle in my body disagrees :)  I do like it though. I couldn’t get a very good photo, I’m afraid. Like I said, it’s really dark here, and the blue and purple are quite dark, and my camera seemed dazzled by the shininess of the silk. So, this will have to do for now:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI started with a template 25 cm wide and 200cm long (roughly 10 x 79 inches). I did alternate sections of purple and blue for the first layer, then the opposite colours on top for the second layer. I then added some matching colours of silk to the top, then contrasting colours:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt finished up being  19 x 176cm or 7.5 x 69 inches.

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Guild Exhibition and Sale

Last weekend was the Ottawa Valley Weaver’s and Spinners Guild annual exhibition and sale. it was a good weekend all round.

There were demos of both weaving and spinning.

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There were other felters there, primarily needle felters. These are Nancy’s owls and mixed media birds.

nancy birds nancy owls

These are rides Puppets and a huge Abraham Lincoln.

ride puppets ride lincon

The only things new for me really were Christmas balls, and some hand turned wood plying/knitting bowls I was selling for a friend. I sold 4 of the 5.

bowls christmas balls

It was a fun weekend. I got to chat with lots of new people about felt and it was great to see repeat customers and hear how they have enjoyed there previous purchase’s.  Its great to meet people year after year and know they have enjoyed something you made enough to come back and tell you about it and perhaps purchase more things.

Have you enjoyed any shows this fall?

 

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No Snow Required – Tea Light Snowman

This is a guest post by Frances T who is a member of the forum and wanted to share a quick tutorial on how to make a snowman figure for the upcoming holidays. This tutorial assumes you know how to do basic wet felting including using a resist to make a three-dimensional felt object and basic sewing techniques.

Battery operated tea lights are very popular in the US and I have seen several photos of them made into Snowmen heads. I expanded on the idea and made a body out of felt.

Supplies Needed:
Pattern for body 4.5 inches x 2.5 inches – straight at top curved at bottom
Battery Operated Tea Light (2 for $1 at Dollar Tree) (amber light is best)
Pom Poms (Package of 90 $1 at Dollar Tree)
Cotton Balls (Package of 100 $1 at Dollar Tree)
White Embroidery Floss & needle
Wool roving (White, Red, Green)
Rice
Tacky Glue and Glue Gun
Permanent Marker (Black)
Rubber band

Frances Snowman Supplies

Instructions –

Hat: Make a felt circle and then shape into a hat (I shaped mine over a cork) and let dry.

Scarf: Felt a piece or pieces of roving into a strip and let dry

Body: Using the pattern as a resist felt the body. (The pattern is shown in the photo above to the far left.) When dry cut a small opening in the top (straight edge) and remove the resist. Let the body dry.

Face: Use the black marker to draw the eyes and mouth.

Frances Snowman Unlit

Assembly

Put about ¼ cup of dry uncooked rice in the body (this is for weight so the snow man will stand up) and then add cotton balls to finish filling the body. Divide the body in a little more than half and tie off the body with a piece of white embroidery floss (You can first use a rubber band and then tie on the floss and cut the rubber band away if it is easier for you) This is the bottom of the snowman.

Draw the top portion of the felt up and form the middle section of the body. Use embroidery floss to sew the opening together.

Glue the hat on the tea light with hot glue. There is a small switch on the back of the light – do not cover with the hat. Glue the tea light onto the top of the body with hot glue. Tie the scarf around the neck and glue if necessary. Glue the Pom Poms on the body (I used tacky glue).

Frances Snowman Lighted

PLEASE NOTE THIS SNOWMAN IS A DECORATION AND NOT A TOY. IF MAKING FOR A CHILD OR TO BE SOLD BE SURE THE GLUE USED IS SUFFICIENT TO KEEP A CHILD FROM PULLING THE SNOWMAN APART.

Thanks Frances! I think you could make all sorts of fun snowmen starting with this idea. If you don’t have any tea lights, you could just make the resist longer and make a felt head by doing three divisions instead of two. The details of the face could be added by needle felting. You could also add twig arms by poking a hole in each side of the middle section and threading a twig through. You could use buttons instead of pompoms for a different look. If you wanted to hang your snowmen on the tree, you could add a loop of yarn to the back of the hat or head and use wool or cotton to fill the body instead of rice. Be sure to show us your photos of your snowmen if you make some. We’d love to see them on the forum

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