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21  CANADA / British Columbia / Besides Birkeland Brothers??? on: February 09, 2006 09:48:46 AM
Hey B.C.
I am new to felting and want to know if anyone out there knows of ANY other places in the lower mainland- even the island too- that sells a good selection of wool roving?? I know there's Birkeland Brothers on Main, but I find their selection in store to be limited..
Curious..does someone out there covet a fibre store somewhere around here that I don't know of???
I just keep thinking- this is the West coast..There's gotta be someone around here who raises sheep and sells the carded stuff  Grin ....hmmm......
I wish I had the ability to order on-line..although that's probably dangerous to my health. ha!
thanks!!!
22  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / silk sari fabric+merino+kid mohair=my first nuno felt experience! on: January 17, 2006 04:13:00 PM
Hi it's me again.
When I go to bed at night - visions of wool fibres dance all thru my head.  Smiley I'm not kidding, they really do..  Wink I am officially a feltaholic! lol!
Check out my latest attempt. I tried the nuno with some silk sari fabric and a little natural merino sliver. I added the kid mohair on the top, and it was the hardest to stick.  Tongue oh well, the stubborn goat persists. ha ha ha. Let me know whatcha think:


close-ups


I am hoping that I can get the time and organization to post my own tutes on the skills I've picked up here. As suggested by GraceO, it's good practice for starting some felt classes around town. 
Thanks for looking!  Smiley
23  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / 3-Dimensional Wet Felting??? on: January 12, 2006 09:45:51 AM
Hey all-! Hows it goin' in the felting world??
I have a request.. I am not sure where to put it specifically, so i thought- why not ask ?
Does anyone have a good thorough tute or link, or..anything in regards to 3-dimensional wet felting???

I really want to expand from the Mongolian rolled technique to something I can do fairly smoothly. I realise that using super fine merino would make any 3-D item a lot easier to felt, But i just hope i can get a few tips, or tricks, or hints from the more experienced wet felters on here, before i go ahead and waste my prized roving.  Smiley

Help! (lol!) I want to expand from the floor matt! hahaha. Thanks in advance felters.
24  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Big 'ol wet felted floor matt on: January 10, 2006 11:11:03 AM
Hey felters! Another attempt in the realm of wet felting for me. This is the one that challenged me, as the fibres are a little rougher n' tougher to felt than your average merino.
I used Janedoes wonderful rolled felting technique again and it turned out. Well, except for my over excitement of beating it too early and almost ripping it in half. but back to square one (which is also something else i adore about this type of project) refelting it with a little patch up and you can't even notice the problem.
wah-lah!

excuse my monkey toes..they just wanted to get in on the action. its soooooo lovely on the feet, which is the only reason why i wanted to make a matt. it sits in front of the couch.  Smiley

this pic is closer to the real colour tones.

close-up. i used 100% wool craft yarn, and just pulled it apart and fluffed it with a brush. then layed the strands out in lengths. The roving part took me a good couple of hours to lay out, and then the felting (with mistakes and all) took me another 3 hours! WHEW!! but it was TOTALLY worth it.  Grin

Also- when i was cruising the 'net i found a great nifty little tool, (i totally have lost the link) i will try to find it. It was basically a glazed, clay, hand srubber for the felt. So being innovative and cheap, I used the bottom of my water bottle (kinda mottled on the bottom) and rubbed the 'broken' pieces by hand for awhile before rolling it up again. just a tip.  Smiley
25  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Wet Felted slippers for xmas. on: December 19, 2005 11:13:44 AM
Hey Hey Felty Folks-
I am enjoying a nice (and rare) quiet lull with things today before all hell breaks loose for the holidays. Lol. WHY did i agree to that retail job this week???  Tongue  Tongue no good.
BUT to show my true intentions for the holiday- I too, and much like a lot of us on here- Have made mostly ALL my gifts this year. (well, except for the much anticipated shop to the dollar store for stocking stuffers.  Grin ) I made my man a well deserved pair of felt slippers.  Grin
This wool felt was made a few weeks ago by myself and my lovely hubby. It was a first attempt for the both of us, and i believe we are HOOKED!  Smiley We even have plans to join up with another couple to do some felting in the new year. lol! yay! felt rug here we come!!!
Okay- back to my point: I searched high and low for a slipper pattern that would work with my limited amount of co-created felt. And Wah-Lah! Whattya know- i found a link to curved toe slippers a la ancient eastern style.
http://www.vertetsable.com/demos_slippers.htm

I did my best copying the pattern off the computer screen, as santa is supposed to be bringing us a new printer this year.  Grin The toes didnt curve enough for my tastes, and overall its a pretty rough lookin' slipper...BUT after piercing my fingers 100 times with the surgical needle i was using (not your average needle!!I needed it for the leather -NOT my fingers!  Tongue ) and ripping the right foot apart 3 times- i settled, and just finished her off. I used a leather strap reinforcement for the heel and the outer sole is also leather. Nice and thick stuff.
I hope he likes them...blood sweat and tears included..Sorry for the bad pic here- i guess i have to dust the mirror. haha.

me wearing them- they are Soooooo Cozy!!! yum.

side close up- ignore the shitty stitching there on the side. whatever. lol...

Top view- There were two small pieces of felt in different colours, so i used the yellow stuff for the sole lining. Also just used a big ol' heavy blanket stitch for the whole thing, with black embroidery floss and on the back, used blue wool upholstery yarn.
works for me.  Smiley
I liked making these- its super easy to do , and now that i've gotten the feel of it- i think all that extra leather would come in handy to make more curved toe slippers.
anyhoo- hope you like.   Smiley
Oh- And i should take advantage of saying to all-
Happy happy and merry merry to all of you this year! I hope the new year brings you much joy, peace, love and abundance of all your favourite things.  Cheesy
26  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / I need help! Slipper search on: December 07, 2005 08:05:45 AM
Hello Amazing Felters! Glad to be back after last weeks shut down....that was harsh. phew! glad its over.  Roll Eyes
Okay- so I am in a bit of a bind, and cannot find ANY decent links or tutes for slipper patterns on the web.  Tongue
well....except for martha stewart and her tute is (gasp!) flawed! (ha-ha)
here's what I've got/thinking of.......
I have a nice med. sized piece of my first wet felting .. about lets say: 12" x 24" roughly...
And i also have a smaller piece of about 3/4 of that size. I have great soft leather that i wanted for skid protection on the soles.....
Now i just want to find a good reliable tutorial and/or pattern that i can use to cut up the felt and perhaps shape it into form on the foot and then sew the leather to the bottom.
 Huh or anything along those lines for a slipper...
This is supposed to be the plan for my mans' "special" xmas gift..... Please help! I've already been tempted (and resisted- thank goodness) to just go and buy that cheap 'made in china' pair i saw at the Armyn'Navy on the weekend.  Tongue Noooooo!!!!! 
Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks!
27  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas Crackers on: November 24, 2005 03:06:06 PM
I got this idea from a friend of mine. And although I don't have pictures, I will try to explain my best. This is a great idea for stocking stuffer replacements, or a good party gift for all if you do a whole box of them.
First- The fancy crackers are always mega expensive and I cannot justify it! Rip off!!!  Tongue
 So I go and buy cheapo dollar store crackers, they are smaller and have practically nothing to them, BUT Thats where we're headed...
Carefully pry open one end of the cracker. This is where the foil/paper is creased/squished together.
-stick your finger into the hole and gently ease the hole wider. This is the only technical part.  Grin
Next, buy small trickets of your own, or use your wee crafty items..Think small here but not miniscule.
ideas-
Chocolates, candies, magnets, marbles, beads (not too small), coins, stickers, confetti, your own written fortunes or jokes, etc etc etc....sky's the limit. Grin
 
Take a few of theses goodies and push gently into the widened hole at the end of the cracker. Dont overfill the cracker, or you might damage the paper, or be unable to reclose it.
when you've filled the cracker, gently squeeze cracker closed. You can leave it as is, but for reinforcement I usually tie a ribbon around the closure.
Now watch your friends go crazy when they rip open a cracker and all those extra treats come flying out! Lol! Its tons of fun and a great cheap idea.
I will try to post pics if i get around to this project one of these days.  Smiley
Hope this makes sense.  Grin
28  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Map of Africa Lamp/Chandelier on: October 18, 2005 10:26:47 AM
Hello friendly crafters. Smiley
I finished my version of the slide lampshade, and was hooked. I love light fixtures, and searched and searched for other cool versions of light fixtures on craftster and the net... to no avail. So, I invented my own version of a light fixture. Its not totally finished, and theres still a lot of glue to cover up- but its not bad for a prototype if i ever venture into light making. LOL! I started with the base of a lamp that i tore apart, bought an old lampshade at the thrift store and ripped the fabric off it, and a beautiful national geographic map of Africa. I also had some colour copies of satellite images of the earth (mostly Africa - coincidentally enough) that I've been hoarding for quite some time. my hubby was set up with wire and beads and designed the drop piece on the bottom. Who knew he was so creative.  Cheesy Anyhoo- i wacked it together the best i could for the materials i had (another challenge for myself- no expensive purchases- just what I have in my 'stash') and i think it worked out besides all the fuss and experimentation.
Please excuse my crappy photos. I have an ancient digi cam...  Grin Hope you like it as much as I do.
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/16320Africa_Lamp_wo_flash.jpg
Picture without flash- I need a stronger bulb for the lamp. that's a definite. only a 25 watt ! *must go buy lightbulbs*
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/16320Africa_Lamp_flash.jpg
with flash. Now all I need is a great big loft/studio with high ceilings to hang it from.  Cheesy My current place is so wee-I cant even do yoga without touching the ceiling. lol!!
Hope you like.  Grin
29  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / The Craft Emergency Relief Fund for Katrina on: September 02, 2005 04:59:05 PM
Hello All-
I just recv'd this message from a listserv I am on about Outsider Art. This seems like a great thing to bring to this forum. Please check it out-

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As you know, the mid-south region is just taking count of the devastation resulting from Hurricane Katrina. The Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) is working to connect with the craft artists, galleries and others in the craft community in the affected areas but it is still too early to know how they fared. We do know that overall the damage is severe and widespread, as news reports show. We also know that this region of the country has a particularly high population of craft artists.

CERF is committed to helping and to keeping you informed about the ways in which you can help. To facilitate in this effort, we have created a Disaster Recovery Message Board on our web site: www.craftemergency.org. If you know a craft artist who needs help and/or if you can offer help (financial support, supplies, equipment, a place to stay or work, advice, encouraging words, etc.), please join in this discussion.

CERF's Disaster Relief Fund, interest-free loan programs and staff are prepared to respond to professional craft artists who have suffered significant losses. Please help us get the word out about the availability of our assistance as well as our need for the community's support at the time.

With warm regards,

Cornelia Carey
Executive Director

30  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Calling all smart craftista's for advice and knowledge!!! on: July 18, 2005 10:08:27 AM
Hello-
Here's my story: I am just starting an independent 'career' as a full-time artist. I have spent the last 5-6 months, wating for my website to be ready. I am now working hard to upload all the images, and I HOPE it is ready to go live this week! (its all very exciting for me  Grin ) That being said. The website is not a shop. I haven't set it up like that...yet... it could be a possibility some time... but for now, it is a very comprehensive portfolio site, with ALL my art work. There's tons of stuff i haven't sold, still available, prints and so on.....
Now here's where i need help. I will be going into the 'marketing' phase for this soon, and need some fresh ideas to help me. I have a huge list of contacts I am sending a written announcement to about it.. and plan on doing some link exchanges... But seeing as it is NOT a shop site (eg: no paypal or shopping cart options) , do you think that I am hindering possible sales? I have a link to contact me personally on all the pages if more info is needed on my work, and I actually would prefer  one-on-one contact if it does concern a sale of my work..
I am also adding some crafty things, and one of a kind items on a "marketplace" page i have to help pay for the fee's, etc... I hope to have this become really successful, seeing as lots of people in my family are wondering if this is really worth it for me (oh! ye of little faith!!)
So what I am looking for is great ideas for promoting and spreading the word about my site.
I am also in desperate need of a web banner (similar to the sponsors on here) and haven't a clue how to wrap my head around that one! (yes- i have detailed explanations on HOW to do it...but it doesn't stop me from being a total computer fool! haha!!)
So... Yea-- There you have it. I am sorry i haven't got any links to the site itself, yet.. but it's coming..
I am just hoping someone out there in craftster land can offer some suggestions, or advice??
I would LOVE to start my own shop on etsy.com..... but without a credit card...I am screwed.
Anyhoo-
Love to hear what people have to say..
thank you kindly in advance! Grin   
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