A Felt Solution for a Small Problem

A Felt Solution for a Small Problem

Black thumb drive and black thumb drive and black thumb drive? Which Identical looking thumb drive has the file I am looking for? Silly me I saw them on sale and bought them! Now I again have a handful of thumb drives that I have to open each one to find out what it might have on them…. Well, that’s annoying.

thumb drives Yes, I have a lot of black thumb drives!

I had to pass some files over to Ann and need some way to make this little black drive look different from the rest of them and so it won’t get lost with any that she also has.

Sitting here in front of the computer, with a pile of fibre and lots of needles, I wonder…… can you needle felt directly to an attachment point on the drive? These have particularly small attachment spots for a toggle so a ribbon or leather strip won’t fit. But I think I can get a felting needle in there!

I had bought a pink rose and grey batt from Christine which just happens to be sitting here.  What shall I do? What shall I make? I have no clue… No, I don’t think I want a fish. So I grabbed a bit of fibre and started to poke at it, poke, poke, flip, poke, hmmm, no, not a fish. But it is starting to look like it wants to be a mitt. One of those really big winter mitts gripping the end of the thumb drive. Ha! My thumb drive has a thumb attached to it (with the rest of the mitt!)

OOPS, I gave it to Ann before getting a photo of it.

thumb and palmfingers

thanks, Ann!  the top is the thumb holding on to the hole in the drive and the purple is the back of the mitt. it has a big fluffy cuff. I will have to work more on the palm and wrist when I get it back.

Ah, another day of rain, I guess my fleece washing and drying is now getting an extra rinse again. it’s raining too much to even sit out and felt undercover today.

I grabbed some more of the same batt of pinks, rose and grey and started randomly poking at the wool. After a bit I started feeling like footwear, yes that is definitely a short felt boot. I added a bright pink bit of fibre as the sole and started pulling bits of curls and added them along the rim of the boot and extended the backup and attached it to the thumb drive.

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I got distracted working on the computer and looked up to see MORE RAIN…. The fleece gets another rinse.

The weekend was busy with getting Mom groceries and birthday cupcake (chocolate on chocolate with chocolate!) She is 89 this year!  I had a wonderful visit with friends, with social distancing and then on to the birthday party and belated birthday presents for my Niece for her 16th birthday (we gave her a starter selection of fibre, needles and an instruction book. She had never felted before and made a very nice strawberry between getting the book, eating dinner and before dessert!

For the next thumb drive, I really wanted to make a wire sheep. I had some of the combed blue locks sitting close to hand so blue sheep it would be! I divided the single piece of floral wire into loops for legs, tail and left the rest for the head. My tiny scrolling plyers had disappeared gain so Glenn stopped into Dollerama to pick up more. I don’t know what I would do without that store, it has most of my not originally meant for felting supplies. I had to wait on the plyers until he got back from work so I hand twisted the legs and used the tail loop at the attachment to the thumb drive. I will tighten that up and make hoof loops later.  I decided to make a nice round little body but leave the legs and neck wire. The head I added ears and a couple of tight curls. I think she turned out quite well.

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The attachment is easier to see with the wire rather than with the boot or mitt felting.


Since the labelling of the boot’s drive as a Boot drive gives it other meanings in computer vocabulary I will call this the pink slipper drive, and the other will be the blue sheep drive.

That was a fun little project and has successfully made the on sale black identical thumb drives now look different! Have fun and keep felting (but it may be best not to do wet felting with this one!)

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10 thoughts on “A Felt Solution for a Small Problem

  1. What a delightfully fun way to label your thumb drives! Both pretty but blue sheep is sooo cute.

    1. It was fun to do and vary helpfull to diferenciate the drives. i have some of the old kingston drives that could use the same treatment. i will do a bit more work on the mitt to get a better rist and palm shape. the wire sheep i am vary pleased with, but she dose look a bit like a vary short legged horse!

  2. These are really clever. I love the sheep drive.
    Another felt solution for a small problem for you:
    Some years ago now I found (somewhere – can’t remember where) a trick for not darning woolly socks. Stuff a bit of foam into the sock so it’s behind the hole, needlefelt some wool over and around the hole. Then wash the socks as usual to felt. This gave a much more comfortable darn than I was able to produce with a needle and yarn.

    1. that is a grate darning idea with out having to darn!!

      My Mom said she didnt have any blue yarn to mend her blue socks, so i spun her some. i could have given her the wool and a non-darning needle!

    1. i will try to find more files you will want and put them on it!! thanks for your help!

  3. Thanks! it was fun to just start poking wool untill it suggested something to me! when its so hot out i am not shure why i wound up with a winter mitt and a fluffy boot? the wire sheep was lots of fun to do.

  4. Love the blue sheep. A cute solution Ann….just so long as you now remember which token/label thumb drive has what stored on it!!!

  5. Great idea Jan! That will make it much simpler keeping track of your thumb drives. Perhaps your mitt and boot are for the third quarter challenge? Something to keep your thumb drives warm 😉

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