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11  New Vessels in Felting: Completed Projects by lexis on: July 09, 2006 05:05:51 PM
Hi everyone-  Smiley My intention was to post these last week, but my computer has died a miserable death and I am currently praying to the computer gods that i haven't lost hundreds of hours of work in all my files... Cry
BUT i do look at these sitting in the corner and i feel a bit better.  Wink I am also experimenting with needle felting and feathers!! Its coming out really cool and i will hopefully get a chance to share those too.  Smiley anyhoo here they are:


I posted this originally inside-out in the vessels gallery, but then decided it simply needed MORE, turned it right side out and wah-lah! I look at it and I think of those deep-sea volcanic chimneys..lol  Cheesy


my 'Melon' vessel. with a wee strip of pink angora. (yum!) I think i will have to add some funky vines or leaves to it.


red and hot pink merino with a brown interior-with spun bamboo silk ...its really thick. I will be adding something strange to the top of it as well when i get the time.
thanks and i hope you like 'em.  Smiley
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12  Re: April Feltalong (#5) Gallery- VESSELS! :) in Felting: Completed Projects by lexis on: June 25, 2006 10:59:58 AM
miss wang- you crack me up. teehee.
okay- lotsa pics.  Smiley I did three in a combo of colours and fibres.
about 60% merino and the rest is a mixture of fibres like soy silk, bamboo silk, tencel, ramie, and some cotton/silk mix on the interior of the tallest vessel. the smallest green one has lotsa baby alpaca on the inside.

(of course all props to fyberduck for being my fibre stash swap partner  Grin and janeD for being the voyeuristic organizer.  Wink )
these were lots of fun to do and i have 3 more balloons filled up & sitting on my kitchen table looking like alien pods.  Smiley waiting to be wrapped up in fibre goodness.  
here we go:






thanks!!! hope you like.
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13  Re: Fibre stash swap in The Swap Gallery by lexis on: May 29, 2006 12:48:37 PM
Holy Shmoly! I just got the GREATEST fibre stash package from Fyberduck EVER!!!!!!!  Grin
I still can't get over the shock and amazement going on here. OH YEAH BABY!!! Fyberduck-thank you thank you thank you- !!!!
I am posting every single thing and this is gonna be huge- I also want to apologize for the super low-rate photo quality- i own a 100 year old digital camera  Tongue

check it out for a variety of greatness-
(FYBERDUCK- I have a HUGE boner for you right now. snicker.. Cheesy )
The naturals:

L->R: Baby alpaca top, Shetland wool top, and Egyptian (!!!) cotton top  sluurrp..ahem

L->R: Silk noil, Bamboo silk, Flax top

L->R: Tencel top, American cotton, Ramie top

Are you sweaty and drooling yet?  Wink Oh there's more....
The colours:

Left side top and bottom: Angel Wings (50 silk/50 cotton) in Pinks (top) and blues and purples (bottom)
Right top: Merino Tencel (the colours and shimmer are soooo sweet. )
Right Bottom: Soysilk in greens

Slurp..slurp..slurp

Left: Optim Merino in blues and purples, Right: Angora!!!!! in pink ( I can't find this locally! bunny loving greatness!!!)

And last but not least.. Fyberduck sent me loads of handspun yarns as well as a c.d. spindle and instructions to satiate my ever-growing fibre addiction.
Here they are:  

in no particular order- Linen, Merino/cotton/silk, Shteland, and some gorgeous beaded handspun. man i wish i had a better camera.  Undecided


Alpaca, and wool blends.


And a great new thing for me to try- SPINNING!!! Weeee!!! Here  i come world.  Smiley
I think these fibres are gonna be REALLY fun to play with - whether its me starting a new habit with the spinning or trying to felt them.
THANKS AGAIN FYBERDUCK- YOU have ROCKED my world off its socks!!!!!
I am a lucky furry gal!  Kiss
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14  Re: International Paper & Ephemera Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by lexis on: May 23, 2006 02:42:50 PM
aaaaaahhhh...I got Irina's package from Finland today. Wow~ I was spoiled rotten.  Grin Was worth the wait...
Now I just hope MY pkgs get to her- if they haven't already. fingers crossed.

SO many different fun things to play with...


tissues in bright colours- big BIG pieces of card and paper with stars and pure colour.  Grin lotsa assorted printed scrapbook type papers which i am hoarding at the moment for some future book making... some pages from foriegn science books, dictionaries, etc etc french italian? finnish, some printed vintage things that are DEF going into a project soon...phew!! so much stuff.. I particularily love the pink and green shopping bag she put it all in.  Smiley


oh and i cannot forget the vintage mags from finland! AWESOME! they go into my collection of vintage mags from around the world.  Wink no cutting for them- not yet anyways.

oh and lastly- we also did a magazine trade- my partner wanted a readymade mag and i just happened to have one so she sent me a cool looking craft mag from finland. Cant read it-  Smiley but the pictures are sure purty. lol!


and being the lovely person Irina is- she also felt bad for sending late and included a few of her own designed felty treats (earring and beads) as well as 2 bird buttons for me to enjoy!!!!!!!  Grin THANKS SOOOOO MUCH Inkku!!!! Fab!
hope you get your pkg soon soon soon!!
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15  Re: April Feltalong (#5) Gallery- VESSELS! :) in Felting: Completed Projects by lexis on: April 17, 2006 10:09:55 AM
HI!
So how are the vessels coming? I hope I get to see MORE MORE MORE!!  Cheesy
I did a bit of a twist on the vessel tute a while back and came up with this hat. I dont know if I like it on me or not... probably because I've rarely met a hat that looked real good on me.
This is it drying-


I laid the fibres Halfway on the balloon and checked more frequently how the fibres were shifting. Once felted and blocked back on the balloon I 'sculpted' the brim to sit out more than the rest (So it doesn't look like i am wearing a vessel on my head! lol!) I have also stitched some details on it and have NOT yet worn it out in public.
We'll see. Its warm- that's for sure.
 Smiley
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16  Re: Making a Songbird --- Tutorial in Felting: Discussion and Questions by lexis on: April 17, 2006 10:03:19 AM
I've been meaning to post this for ages - and haven't had the chance until now-
I was SOOOO inspired by radal16's birds and other lovely creations that I tried a tropical bird for my Mum's birthday. She loves him so much she puts him in her houseplants...heehe e.

here he is with naked legs:
 

and with covered legs, much better and warmer too!  Grin


At first I was unsure- but now I love the fact that his legs are practically the same size as his body- it makes him look all akward and strange- like me.
hope you like  Grin
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17  Re: Feltalong #4 Gallery - Flat Work, Needle Felting in Felting: Completed Projects by lexis on: March 23, 2006 10:25:21 AM
Finished my patch  Smiley
I stitched it onto the skirt i mentioned, and then discovered that my arse is WAY too big for the skirt.   Cry  So I'll have to give it to my much skinnier mother.
 Tongue


hopefully she'll like it. and the skirt's not too short.  Smiley Otherwise I'm ripping that thing offa the skirt and claiming it as my own!!!
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18  Re: Wet-Felt Vessel Tutorial (Work in progress) / April Feltalong in Felting: Discussion and Questions by lexis on: March 21, 2006 12:23:39 PM
Fulling the Vessel
Get out your towel for the table, and your sushi/bamboo matts. I use 2 sushi matts overlapping one another.

Pictures 1-3- roll up your vessel in one direction, and starting with gentle pressure and building up pressure, roll about 20 times
Pictures 4-6- unroll, and change directions of your vessel on the matts, rolling again about 20 times.
Continually change directions and full for a total of 10-20 minutes. Change the layout of the vessel as well, going from side to side as well as top and bottom.
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Picture 1- close up inspection to make sure fibres are fulled-you can see the two colours of fibres have meshed into one another. That's what you're looking for.  Smiley
Picture 2-3- final rinse in cold water - mush about like it is dough. all of this abuse is making the felt stronger and tougher.
Picture 4- LOL! My lame attempt at an action shot of me throwing the vessel onto the table. Feel free to whack it down a few times just for the fun of it.
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WHOO! Last picture!!!!

Picture 1 & 2- Put another balloon into the opening of the vessel and fill it up with air until the balloon stretches out and the balloon looks like it is popping over the mouth of the vessel.
Picture 3- Push, smoothe and roll your wet felt vessel around to block the final shape.

*Optional for smoother surface-Picture not included- Very carefully steam your vessel with an iron set to 'wool'. I also spray the inside and outside with spray starch before steam ironing-this helps the vessel hold its shape. Do NOT leave on the surface too long or you may melt the balloon.  Be especially careful around the mouth of the vessel where the balloon sticks out. This step will also help speed drying.

Picture 4- Hang your vessel to dry somewhere, and admire your hard work. Check on the balloon occasionally and in a day or two - the balloon will have deflated quite a bit, pop it and let interior of vessel to continue to dry on a flat surface.

When vessel is dry, you can continue to add further embellishments with needle felting.  Wink

VOILA!!!! Whattya think of them apples?  Grin I HOPE this is coherent and simple enough for everyone. Please please please contact me with any questions or concerns. AND Most Importantly - Have fun!!!

Finished Vessels: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=83752.0
(again...in the wrong board!  Undecided I WILL learn eventually!  Tongue )
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19  Re: Wet-Felt Vessel Tutorial (Work in progress) / April Feltalong in Felting: Discussion and Questions by lexis on: March 21, 2006 12:14:01 PM
Thanks Grace
Almost finished- Lets see what else i can load up here...


Ah-ha! yes. The pinch test. After about 10-20 minutes of wrastlin' with your balloon (bounceplopsquish) you want to give the ol' pinch test to see how your fibres have felted. Just pinch the surface- and look closely to see if the fibres move or shift when you do. If they do- keep on bouncin'and add more soap/water mix as needed, if they don't and it all wrinkles up like the picture on the right, great. next step.  Smiley
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Popping the balloon and rinsing

Pictures 1 &2- rinse your balloon under cold tap water in a slow stream. You want to pop the balloon in your sink- because its full of water.
Pictures 3 & 4- gently turn your vessel insideout, rinse thoroughly.

Next up: FULLING!
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20  Re: Vessel Tutorial (Work in progress) / April Feltalong in Felting: Discussion and Questions by lexis on: March 21, 2006 10:14:46 AM


See? I was right! lol  Cheesy
Re-tie your pantyhose a little tighter than before and bounce (Pic. 1), plop (Pic. 2), and squish (Pic. 3) your balloon, for more felting.  Smiley

to be continued.......... ......
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