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Computer Problems and Fimo

Computer Problems and Fimo

I mentioned in my last post that I’d started working on a Fimo tutorial. I thought I’d have it finished now, but it hasn’t been as easy as I thought. After all the nice cloudy stormy days that weren’t great for photos we’ve had about 2 weeks of non stop sunshine, and when I say non stop, I mean about 17 very long, hot hours a day 🙁  I never have much luck with photos at this time of year as it is, the light isn’t sharp like in winter, but for some reason it seems even softer than usual. I ended up re-doing my photos about 4 times.
Then my computer died. It temporarily revived for a few days and I managed to copy all my photos onto dvds. I’d started on the editing when it died for good about a week ago. I managed to borrow a computer for a few days, so I did manage to organise the  2,000+ photos into folders and start sorting through them at least. I set my new computer up over the weekend, took about 2 days to find out where things are hidden (Windows 8, I thought Vista was bad!) and made a start on writing the tutorial and lightening and cropping the final photos.
This was the piece I showed part of last time, that I dropped the camera on, it has been baked.
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I had some spare pieces of clay left over from the demonstration pieces so I had a play around and made a few things just for myself. This is a pendant, it’s resting on a glass pebble to catch the light.
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I used some of the leftover pieces together to make multi coloured pieces, this is a heart shaped button.

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I made quite a few buttons, you never know when you might need one, I might have to do a few more though, I have a pile of purses that would look good with buttons made to match.

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What projects have you been working on lately?

Around the Web – The Holiday Edition

Around the Web – The Holiday Edition

I thought it would be fun to show some holiday crafting ideas. These aren’t all specifically felt or fiber but I thought it might help to spark some ideas for those of you who make your own gifts and holiday decor. Many of these ideas could be adapted to felting or fiber arts. I’d love to see what you’re making for the holidays so do leave a link if you’ve made something fun or post it on Flickr or the forum.

Charlie Brown Christmas Ornaments Tutorial

Leaf Garland Tutorial

How to Make a Googly Eye Ornament

Thanksgiving Blessings Chalkboard

101 Handmade Ornament Tutorials

15 Felt Ornaments to Make

Needle Felted Mitten Ornaments Tutorial

Needle Felted Rudolph Tutorial

Needle Felted Cardinal Tutorial

Yarn Organizer Sack

Fabric Boxes to Organize Your Studio

Fabric Coil Bowl Tutorial

Button Tree Christmas Postcards

Stitched Felt Christmas Ornaments

Stenciled Burlap Candle Holders

Stamped Christmas Ornament Tutorial

Stamped Christmas Ornament Tutorial (a different one)

Let Them Eat Cake This is not a tutorial or especially holiday oriented but I couldn’t resist!

Free Knitting Patterns for Christmas Tree Ornaments

Lots of Free Knitting Patterns for Christmas

Welcome to the Felting and Fiber Studio!

Welcome to the Felting and Fiber Studio!

Hello and welcome to the Felting and Fiber Studio. This site is the collaborative effort of four fiber artists from different corners of the world. My name is Ruth and I’m from the US, Ann is from Canada, Karen from Australia and Zed from the UK. We all enjoy felting and working with fiber. Our aim is to share our knowledge and love of felting with you and we’re eager to begin this new venture.

Nuno Felted Shawl by Ann

We have some very exciting plans for this site including studio challenges, tutorial based challenges with prizes, felting tips, and tutorials on a variety of fiber art topics. We love seeing what everyone else is up to in the felting world so we’ve started a Flickr group. You are more than welcome to join in and post photos of the various challenges that you take part in along with your other fiber art projects. Just click on the link and click on ‘Join This Group’.

A Mixed Media Piece in Progress by Karen

Please check out the various pages as we have lots of information about fiber and felting already available. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. We may use your questions in our posts if the topic is one that is frequently asked.  There are a few tutorials already posted and we’ll be adding more as we go along, so please check back often. (To make it even easier, you can follow our blog by clicking on the follow button on the sidebar.) If you have a request for a specific tutorial, please let us know and we’ll do our best to organize one. We will be posting on a variety of topics including felting, book and product reviews, guest artist features, fiber samples, the business end of selling fiber art, sheep farming facts and what we’re up to in our own studios.

Wet Felted Book Cover by Zed

Once a quarter, the four of us will be challenging each other with a theme for the next three months. These studio challenges will hopefully push us out of our comfort zone a little and encourage us to try different approaches to our felting and fiber art. Throughout that quarter, we’ll be posting periodically about the studio challenge. Please feel free to join in and challenge yourself as well. Post all the photos from the studio challenges in to the Flickr group. Please make sure to label the photos with the name of the challenge.

Silk Scarf by Ruth

In the next few posts, we’ll be introducing ourselves and answering a few questions about our favorite techniques, tools and fibers. We’ll also be posting the current studio challenge soon. You are more than welcome to leave a comment and introduce yourself. We are only able to reply to comments if your email is attached. We have lots of other exciting plans for being more interactive but we’ll let you know about those as they become more developed. We hope you really enjoy our new site and finds lots of information and inspiration. Please don’t forget to join our Flickr group and Thank you so much for stopping by!

Ruth

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