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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / felt valentine's convo hearts on: February 04, 2009 10:40:34 AM


i needle felted these using a silicone ice cube tray from ikea as a mold. i wasn't sure how it would work, but it was super easy.

i have complete instructions on my blog:
http://feltcafe.blogspot.com/2009/01/needle-felted-conversation-heart.html
2  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / felted ball of hope '08 on: November 01, 2008 05:39:49 PM


here's my craft the vote creation: a wetfelted felt ball, with a needlefelted obama logo on it.

only a few more days til the election, go vote!!

liz
3  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Felt onto knit on: October 30, 2008 12:36:13 PM
you can also make the wet felted part first, and then 'cast on,' or start knitting or crocheting attaching your stitches to the felt.

i've seen this combination in several japanese craft books. i haven't tried it yet myself, but it definitely has the wet felting first, and then the knitting/crocheting second. 

good luck!
4  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / felt french press cozy tutorial link, feedback welcome! on: October 20, 2008 11:17:24 AM


i created a tutorial for how to make a felt french press cozy and posted it on my blog.

http://feltcafe.blogspot.com/2008/10/felt-french-press-cozy-tutorial.html

it uses traditional direct or wet felting (wool, soap, hot water, and friction), and is fairly straight forward.

i would say it's an advanced beginner level projectperfect for someone who has already tried making some flat pieces of felt and is ready to try something a little bigger and/or more precise. the advanced beginner skills that are introduced are how to make a cut and felted edge, and how to work a little bigger, using netting or other additional tools like a bamboo mat or bubble wrap.

if any more experienced felters have any suggestions or critiques, i would love to hear them, thanks!
5  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Felting Alpaca- any tips? on: October 20, 2008 11:04:29 AM
sorry i don't know the answers!

oh, i am curious about this too. there are a lot of people who raise alpaca in my area, and i've been wondering what it's like to felt....i'd love to use a greater variety of locally sourced fibers.

good luck, i hope someone with more alpaca experience than me comes along soon!
6  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Wet Felted Wool Ball Tutorial (with videos) FREE on: October 20, 2008 11:01:40 AM
that's great, thank you for sharing. i am going to try that technique soon.
 Cheesy
7  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for pictures of needle felted stuff! on: October 20, 2008 11:00:50 AM
why don't you look on flickr? http://flickr.com

you could just use their search function, an there are also several felting groups and also needle felting groups there.

of course you should ask each artist before you use there work, and give them credit for their project.
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: knitters who sell your stuff: yarn prices? on: January 06, 2008 06:00:40 PM
if you decide to register yourself as a business, you should be able to get a discount on your supply purchases. 

at my local yarn store, all i had to do was show them my business license, and they entered me on their list of retail customers. this should be the case at larger craft stores too.

sorry it's been a while and i don't remember the details, perhaps the amount varies based on the state you live in? or the store?

it's great to support your local yarn store.  price your work fairly (there are tons of threads about pricing--just remember your time is valuable!), and if you have a good product (sounds like you do, since you are already getting retail requests) people will be willing to pay for it. just my 2 cents. good luck!
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Print Gocco Machine - worth it? on: May 26, 2007 11:31:21 PM
i love my gocco, and definitely think it's work it if you want to print a lot of things easily and quickly.

i think you should be able to pay a little less than the price you quoted, however. check out etsy for gocco supply sellers.

also, there is a yahoo group 'gocco-printers' as well as a flickr 'gocco' group with lots of great info. and of course savegocco.com.

good luck, and go gocco!
10  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where to start?? New to felting on: May 26, 2007 02:40:57 AM
wet and needlefelting are both pretty easy even for a beginner.  there are lots of great tutorials on these boards, as you know. i started with wet felting, but i would say start with whichever kind of project you are most interested in. i.e., if you want to make a tiny detailed figure, needlefelt, if you want to make coasters, wetfelt.
roving is much cheaper than yarn, and you don't need more than an ounce to start a small project, probably $1-2 worth. you are about to start an addictive hobby, but it's not that expensive--at least at the beginning. Wink
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