Congratulations to Lillian Johnson, you are the winner of the Big Giveaway! I will contact you on the email address you used to comment and you can tell me which of the bundles you’d like!
This ridiculous looking thing sits on a bookcase, in a plant pot with the top of its head poking out:
I’d pretty much forgotten about it until I started looking for something last week. I used to make similar looking heads out of air-drying clay as incense holders, they mostly look funny though, this is really ugly! I can’t remember how I’d planned to finish it, but I’m sure it wouldn’t improve it much! I’ve only given 3D needlefelting a try a few times, none of them have been very successful, but this first one I did is definitely my favourite, ‘Granddad’:
I’m not saying it’s based on my Dad or anything, but I saw his comb-over get wind swept more than a few times when I was younger!
I think the inspiration for this next one was a few of the teachers I had in Secondary School. I fully intended her to have clothes, but yet again, it remains unfinished!
Do those arms look like they’re on back to front?!
Probably the most shapeless legs ever!
The face is pretty terrifying close up:
I think the best part of this one is the hair, I was quite pleased with meself for this:
I hope they’ve given you a few smiles, if I ever get around to finishing them, I promise to show you!
I’m always surprised when I look back on the year and see I achieved more than I thought, even this year when I know I haven’t had the opportunity to make things as often as previous years. I’ve had quite a lot of changes this year, including an additional 2 people in our household, so I’ve had less space, and less time to make things. And, like I mentioned in a blog post not so long ago, production anxiety has made it difficult to just enjoy making things. Luckily, I have the Well Being centre sessions which help with having a nice space to be productive/creative in and the time set aside nearly every week to do it. I liked Ruth’s idea of splitting the year’s creations into two slide shows, so I’ve borrowed it! Here are some things I made in the first half:
The plan is for a couple of people at our house to move out before too long, and, I don’t want to count my chickens, but I’ve pretty much redesigned the spare room in my head to be my new studio! It’s a great room too, upstairs and facing South-ish, so it gets more ‘daylight’ than any of the other rooms at this time of year. I started working on a nuno workshop during the Summer, but just haven’t been able to get very far without space or light for taking photos and video, so hopefully, I’ll be able to work on that before too long. As well as liking Ruth’s idea for the slideshows, I like the recommitment to a daily dose of fibre too. I’m sure I must spend at least 5 minutes a day doing something to do with fibre, so I’m going to start keeping a log of what I manage. It might make me feel less like I’ve done nothing! Here’s a slideshow of stuff I made or did during the 2nd half of the year:
I actually got an early start on this quarter’s challenge for a change! In case you missed it, here’s Ruth’s original post: http://feltingandfiberstudio.com/2016/01/02/first-quarter-challenge-2016/ I’ve used flat resists before, mostly for surface design, simple cases, and a few bags. I have made a few 3D items with flat resists: some bird pods, a few hats, and even a supposed seed pod which looked like the rib cage of a dead animal, but I think I’ve only tried a vessel once and it was a bit flimsy. So, I thought I’d try a vessel again. I decided on a flower shape, I can’t find the actual resist, but it was basically a flower shape:
If I did it again, I would make the shape more curvy, where the petal shapes met, it was a sharp V shape and the vessel is too thin there, and in some places little holes. This is looking through the vessel opening at a thin patch:
Well, thanks everybody who entered the fibre giveaway, and thanks for the nice comments, I did read them all! The winner is: Jennifer Ralph! Congratulations, Jennifer. I will email you for your address to send the fibres. Please reply as soon as you can, if I don’t hear from you by Friday night, I’ll re-draw.
Congratulations and I will contact you soon to give you more information about the class. If I don’t hear back from you by January 20th, I will pick another winner so please respond right away.
If you didn’t win, there is still time to sign up. You need to sign up before January 20th and the class begins on January 22nd. The class is a real bargain at only $45 for tons of video and a PDF with all the information and instructions each week. So if you’d like to learn many different screen printing techniques on felt, this is the class for you. Sign up here.
In case you didn’t see this scarf on my personal blog, this is a nuno felted scarf that I recently made for my sister. I will be giving it to her soon and I hope she likes it. You can read more about it on my blog here.
Drum roll please…… the winner of the December Green dyes and Silk Scarves is Maureen number 28!
Please PM on the forum or send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and mailing address. I will have your prize in the mail asap.
When you have an opportunity to use the dyes and scarves, please share your results with us on the forum or write a blog about it. Just let us know you’d like to do that. We hope you enjoy using them!
Thanks to everyone who participated!
Before I had surgery I felted a couple of small things. The first was using the roving I had dyed for the 3rd Quarter Challenge to make a pod with cuts showing other colors underneath. I had used a lot of coarse fibers and decided I liked the rugged look so I didn’t shave it.
The next was a gift for a friend for her 70th birthday. Another pod, but slightly larger. I made some batts first. I used sparkly yarn as well as silk and milk protein for embellishments.
If you look closely you can see the sparkly yarn inside.
Then to get into the holiday spirit I made a poinsettia flower with the intention of embellishing it later.
I used very thin prefelt, cut out the leaf shapes and used layers of saran wrap to separate them.
While I’ve been recuperating from surgery, I’ve been working on some small projects. I finished the poinsettia by adding beads and adding stitching to the leaves and petals.
It’s now hanging on a wall to add a little holiday cheer to the house.
GIVEAWAY WINNER: The Winner for The Right Fibre giveaway is… nanacathy! Well done, Cathy, I’ll email you a link to download the e-book 🙂
Did I say winner? I meant winnerS, I can’t have so many entries and just pick one, can I?! So, Meriel Kosakar, I’ll also be emailing a link to you too to download the book 🙂
Well done, and thank you so much to everyone who entered and for all the really nice comments. We do appreciate all our blog readers and it’s nice to get such positive feedback. I was hoping to have a bigger post and news about doing some fibre variety packs for sale on etsy or Facebook, but the battery died in my scales and I had to order new ones. So, I thought I might get chance to do some felting, but had the toothache from hell all week and couldn’t even look down without the whole right side of my face throbbing and feeling like my jaw was falling off. But if you do have time, I’d love to know if there’s much interest for a multi-pack of fibres? I don’t just mean a few of the usual ones, it’d have to be something a lot better to make it economical, somewhere in the 150-200g/4.5-7 0z range, maybe even samples of the whole 20 from The Right Fibre. Or even a few more! What do you think?
Congratulations to Jolanta, winner of the Third Birthday Giveaway #4! Please send me your snail mail address and I’ll put the batts in the mail to you. I look forward to seeing how you use them. I hope you have fun!
Here in the Midwest USA, the weather has turned cold and the snow has started to fly. With the holidays and New Year around the corner, my thoughts have turned to warmth and gifts.
I’ve wanted to experiment with cobweb felt so I made a cobweb scarf with one layer of a merino/silk mix. I didn’t intentionally make holes, but let the process dictate the outcome.
Here are some closeups:
It is very lightweight but has enough fiber to keep the neck warm.
Using the same type of merino/silk mix, I made two additional scarves. But this time I didn’t want holes, so I used two layers of fiber and carefully inspected each before felting for weak spots filling in where necessary, then checked frequently during the process.
Of course, with the process of rolling and fulling each ended up with some holes. The brown more than the lilac. I like the look of them, but disappointed in the outcome.
Last year I made my husband a scarf with the merino/silk mix, but used a prefelt between layers and it made it much heavier. Perhaps, next time I will use an additional layer of merino instead of prefelt for a thinner scarf.
I’ve also been pod happy again and have made two more as gifts. I made batts using merino/silk, and merino for outside layers and Cheviot as an inner layer to give the bowl strength, but of course, it migrates through and had to be shaved.
What projects have you been working on for the season?
This morning, I printed out all the names of everyone who entered, cut them out, folded them up, put them in a plastic teapot (it was closer than my hat!), swished them around and the winner is … Vicky Petrie 🙂
Vicky, can you post a reply to this post, so that I can get your email to send you the PDF and ask you what colours and fibres you want in your fibre pack? (Don’t post your email, it’ll show up on the Admin page) Thanks a lot 🙂
If anyone is interested in the PDF, all the details are on my blog, here, or on etsy.
I haven’t done anything else this week, so here’s some Supermacro photos 🙂
The winner of Polymer Clay Simply Made is…. Anne L. Congratulations, Anne! Please leave a comment so I can send you a download link. Thanks a lot for all the entries and all the nice comments too 🙂
I thought it was time for a well earned rest after finishing the Polymer clay book, we had a ridiculous heatwave here too, so it was far too hot to blink without sweating. I took refuge downstairs where it was a bit cooler for a few days and then had a look through my felt box to see what I could work on next. I found the pink nuno pieces I made for Ann’s Challenge and decided to work on those. I started with the larger piece I made for a notebook cover. I’d measured carefully when I made the piece so I’d get the ruffles just on the front and back. This is the front:
And this is the back:
I must have measured properly because it worked out well. I didn’t want any of the ruffles where the flaps for the inside would go.
I’m going to swap the notebook for a red one, then list this on etsy. I’ve already cut the other piece for making a camera case, so as long as it stays cooler, I’ll work on that next.