That's a really pretty duvet cover! I wouldn't pay that much for it either though, lol!
I would suggest doing several test pieces first...maybe use an old white sheet? Or buy an inexpensive cotton sateen sheet or pillowcase? I would cut up an old sheet into a bunch of squares and then keep track of what was done to each so you can get the look you want.
I know that watercolor effects similar to the duvet can be created using rubbing alcohol. I'm not sure of the exact chemical reaction (if any) but the alcohol seems to push the dye away from wherever you put the alcohol. You could use a spray bottle or a little squeeze bottle (ketchup squeezee type bottle) to apply the alcohol. You could also play around with dampening the fabric first vs. starting with dry fabric. The salt technique is pretty too...although different from the picture of the duvet you posted it still has a watercolor effect. The salt granules will draw the dye to them creating spots of concentrated color.
Peace Fleece has the cheapest needles I've found, 25 cents each (US). They only carry 36 guage however...but it's an inexpensive way to start needle felting as it seems most people tend to break needles fairly often as a beginner. Peace Fleece also carries foam felting pads. The 11x12.5x1in pad is only $2 and the 3x12x1in pad is 25 cents!! They also carry bags of mixed fiber (carded wool, pencil roving, various colors) that seem to be well priced.
Thanks, Bella! What kind of wheel do you have? I have a Lendrum DT. I got the Complete because it seemed like the most bang for my buck. You could probably minimize the coil boil a bit by starting really small...like corespin on sewing thread or something, lol. My corespun started probably around worsted weight or maybe a little smaller. So it ended up pretty big, about the diameter of a dime. It fit through the orifices on my wheel with the jumbo flyer on though, just had to hand feed due to the plies being so bumpy and getting stuck on the wire guides. I love my Lendrum but I too will one day own an Aura!
I haven't posted to a Fiber Friday in quite some time! Happy Star Wars Day to you all! I think if you didn't see the movies 'way back when' then they aren't all that impressive. Any older movie that used to be "amazing!" due to it's special effects and being a little different is pretty lame now if you don't have any nostalgic attachment to it. I find it similar to the old Footloose vs. new Footloose debate that went on a while back...most of those who thought the remake a horrific act of sacrilege (guilty) were those who had a nostalgic attachment to the original and most who loved the new one were those who didn't see Footloose back in the day. It's all about nostalgia! Ok, enough yammering on about movies! Here's some fiber! The pics crap as I used my cellphone and dusk is nearly upon us. Bottom up: The pink is rambouillet dyed with leftover red hair dye and spun in the coil boil style from Lexi's new book. I love the look of the coil boil! By the time I got to the navajo ply step I was hand feeding all of it onto the bobbin! It's tons of work for what ended up being about 10 yds, maybe less. The next is a mix of fibers, some romney, merino, mohair, tencel, commercial yarn scraps...among others. The next 2 brownish ones are coopsworth in 'sport coat' colorway which is brown, dark green and a bit of purple. One is 2 ply of the coopsworth and the other is a coopsworth single plied with some sort of purple shiny metallic stuff (I can barely call it thread as it seems more like plastic or something)
In this one we have 2 skeins of an unknown breed...really long locks (8-10in) with brown/dark brown tips. I bought a huge box of fiber from someone online and this fleece was in it. It is slightly felted but is working up into a great, chunky yarn that will one day become a rug of some sort, I think. The bobbins have a lot of different fiber. The white has rambouillet, mill ends from SSS, merino, mohair, bamboo, silk, angora and some others I'm not sure of, lol! The colors splashed throughout it are mainly blues, greens and a little purple. The other bobbin is mainly purple romney and gray SSS unknown but I sandwiched a bunch of colored fibers in between when I was carding the batts. So it's a riot of color
Bella, that BFL is to die for...love that sheen! Also love your big chunky yarn! I'm a sucker for chunky, textured yarns. Shannin, that first one is so lovely and such calming colors! I adore the colors in your Ocean Horizon roving...one of my fave combos!
Keep it coming ya'll! All this fiber is getting me hyped up for MDSW tomorrow...can't wait!
Before I got my wheel I used CD spindles and my husband asked why I didn't just use a power drill to spin. I asked how he meant I should use it, so he stuck my (bottom whorl) spindle into the drill, pulled the trigger and I started spinning. After a couple minutes he asked me if I realized that he was not going to stand there and hold the drill every time I wanted to spin, lol. So I propped the drill up on my hiking boot...on its side with the sole towards the drill so I could rest my foot on the side of the boot...and I pushed the trigger with my toe or the ball of my foot. It is a variable speed drill so it was very smooth to slow down or speed up as needed and it was cordless too! Also, it freed my hands up so I could try corespinning and some other techniques that seemed difficult to try with a spindle. Although I would caution those with spindles who might like to try it with a drill: the drill will leave indentations in the shaft of the spindle so don't use a spindle you love! Dowel/CD spindles are perfect because you won't cry over a dowel getting pinched in the drill.
I'm not sure of your timeline but remember Oct. 1st is the 3rd International Day of Felt! Each year they use a wedge of the color wheel as a very basic theme (this year is blue, purple, red). Maybe you could build your challenge on that? Working from your first idea of using an inspiring picture, you could find a pic that is mainly the theme colors and go with any form of felt preferred (which would allow for all levels of experience). And at the end everyone would have an awesome piece to display for the International Day of Felt!
Just a thought! Check it out...especially the photos from the past years' creations! Gorgeous work!
That is helpful! That would be a way to use up random leftovers, or to use a yarn that I ended up not liking. I'm guessing the core has to be at least part wool to be grippy, is that right?
I haven't found that to be true...so far. I've used cotton crochet thread and a textured 2-ply cotton yarn (commercial) among other things. I wouldn't recommend anything too slippery though as it might increase frustration, lol!