What does one do when one's long weekend vacation will be a total wash-out, rain all the time?
Start an over-ambitious, large needle- and wet-felting project, like this wool area rug!
I had some wool batts made years ago from some sheep not particularly known for their fleece (but it was inexpensive! And it wet-felts exceptionally well). I made pre-felt in autumnal colors and cut out leaf shapes, making a stencil from a scan of my colored pencil drawing of sassafras leaves:
This project will take me ALL summer!
Sunday, February 23, 2014
I am starting a small area rug, using some deep brown felted batting I had made a few years ago. I recently drew (using colored pencils) a loose circle of sassafras leaves in their autumn colors. I thought this might make a beginning pattern for an area rug (or wall hanging) repeating the circle swirl outward to the edges of the rug. Here is the drawing:
Next, I scanned the drawing just to get some cut-out patterns for the leaves I would use. Then, I made some pre-felt in autumnal colors and began to cut out the leaves, pictured below.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
1. Take a bunch of lose wool. Lightly form it into a ball shape by rolling it between your palms.
2. Wet the ball of wool with hot water, and add a tiny bit of dish soap. Continue to roll the ball around. It will feel loose and squashy at this point.
3. While it is still loose and squashy, check for cracks or fissures in the sphere and fill these in with some fresh wool. I just wrap the fresh strands around the sphere.
4. Continue rolling. As the sphere firms up, apply greater pressure to make it quite firm.
To make balls of the same (similar) size, select equal amounts of wool. If the ball is too large, keep rolling. Too small? Well, it is hard to add more wool once the ball is firm. Keep trying, and you will get the hang of it.
Keep playing with wool! You will learn a lot about it!
Friday, February 14, 2014
Some stunning work by my students in my recent "Needle Felting with
Botanical Subjects" class at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond,
Lovely work, Kay, Kathleen, Susan, Joan, Gail and Celeste! It was fun,
and I learned a lot from you!
Monday, February 10, 2014
Here are some simple needle-felted hearts for family and friends, two felted with lace, two without. I made them directly on backing fabric and cut them out. (The one that looks like it is orange is really a pink-peach). Needle-felting through lace requires fine felting needles and a little extra care.
Have a great day!
Monday, January 27, 2014
I am what I call "gift-giving impaired." I like to give gifts, but often forget things, like: I have the gift, but forgot wrapping paper. I have the gift and wrapping paper, but forgot the card. I have the gift, but nothing else. But a clever felter is never without a card, gift label or gift decoration, even if you realized you did not have part of the wrapping "accouterments" 15 minutes before you are to leave for the party. So, in this case, for a young girl I call, "Glo," I wrapped the box in tissue paper, wrapped silver tulle around as a bow and quickly felted a heart tag wither her nickname on it! I did not even need to "sign" the tag, as my young friend's mom knows me well (in other circumstances, I would have felted "Love, Judy" on the tag).
Neccesity is the Mother of Felting!