Tidying up Treasure.

In an attempt to find more storage I had to clear out some junk that should never been stored in the first place. I am sure everyone has some of this. While I was rummaging I found my old tiny needle felting machine. Its a small converted sewing machine. I had forgotten I even had it.

I used to have a larger one but I sold it when I moved more into wet felting hats and scarves.   Instead of having a sponge pad for the needles to poke down into it had a plate with a hole for each needle. I really didn’t enjoy using it. You could hear the needles hitting the edges of the holes as you tried to move the fabric around.  You need to move the fibers and base around slowly while needling to cover an area. I was always sure the needles were going to break and either jam the machine or fly. I didn’t want to have to wear safety glasses as I worked.

I have the big cityscape I made with the little machine framed and for sale.  It has almost sold several times.  With someone trying to decide between it and another piece and the other always went instead. One day it will find the right home. Today I would do more wet felting and less needle felting but all the little machine would probably still be the easiest way to place with the little windows. Not the best shot of it  but I have no place to hang it or even lean it properly to take its picture. framed it is about 36 inches by 24 inches.

 

Anyway I am glad I found it . I think it will be useful for tacking things down and adding smaller pieces that tend to move around to much in the wet felting process. Of course part of that problem is me being impatient. I think I am going to see if I can make a better guard.  I wonder if anyone I know works with clear plastic and I could maybe commission a clear guard attachment.

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15 Responses to Tidying up Treasure.

  1. nancy w says:

    Hi, that is an awesome felted scene. Love the colors especially!
    I have converted an old sewing machine to a needle felting one, I took the bobbin guts out and stuck a sponge in its place. I cut the sponge to fit the hole and move it around frequently as the fiber builds up in the spot below the needles. I don’t use a cover, just have the sponge wedged in there pretty tight. The needles don’t break that way. I think plastic would get shredded too fast and bits may get lodged in your piece.
    Hope that helps!
    Nancy

    • Thanks. I really enjoyed making it. I want to attach the plastic guard to the metal piece that stick out front so I don’t get my fingers under the needles. The little metal guard doesn’t work well for that

  2. nancywilder says:

    ps the sponge is a carwashing sponge, not too dense.

  3. Lyn says:

    Yes Ann, I too put things in store ‘just in case’ then every few years comes the massive clear out and maybe the odd bit of ‘treasure’ is re-discovered.

    This is the first time I’ve seen your city scape framed – the colour and style are perfect for it.
    I can’t believe that it hasn’t sold yet – it’s wonderful.

  4. koffipot says:

    I remember you making this cityscape Ann. It’s a lovely piece and looks great mounted and framed.
    As for storing things…. our nephew came today to measure up the garage for boarding out to make a more useable space. He said it resembed a nuclear bunker!! My husband does much of the shopping and is a sucker for bulk buying “bargains”, 🙂 Of course any junk in there is not mine! 🙂

    • Thanks. It does look better framed. we have a farm with out building. we have way to much stuff. It is very wet here so we may have a big bon fire. I try very hard not to buy to much in bulk. It is always so much cheaper. All my stuff is good stuff too, someone else keeps the junk. 😉

  5. ruthlane says:

    I too am surprised your cityscape hasn’t sold but I’m sure it will find a good home soon. I still have my needle felting machine but I hardly ever use it. I should probably sell it to make more room.

    • Thanks Ruth. to be fair It hasn’t been out much to have a chance of being sold. Its a big piece to hang for show. I am hoping to figure out a way to hang art work in my booth at shows. there is a new hand held one. Not the Addaquick but one that is meant for doing flat pieces as well. I saw pictures when I googled to see if I could find the one I have. It looked more versatile. no bunching up your piece to get it under the needles.

  6. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    I always liked that Cityscape. I’m sure it will find the right home. It is a wonderful piece. It’s amazing all the stuff we accumulate. I need to do some major culling.

  7. lawlovely says:

    Reblogged this on Yarnsage and commented:
    I have never tried needle felting but seeing this is really making me want to try it.

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