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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Felt Jacket, Most organic thing I've ever made! lots o' pics on: February 13, 2011 03:55:44 PM
I've been playing around with felt making for awhile and decided to tackle a massive project.

I bought undyed wool and silk and dyed it myself, played with colours and made these mitts as a test

Then after much planning, I made a giant piece of felt, and sewed this jacket out of it (I'm not quite there to make something seamless yet)

I fully lined it as well

And now some pictures of the process for those who are interested!

First I lay down my bubble wrap and my plastic, and drew out the pattern pieces so that I would have an idea for colour matching.  I also lay down tulle and felted the wool into the tulle for added strength

Then I lay down all the wool, took about 2 hours
Then I "painted" the wool with my dyed silk and this shiny string stuff

This is the size of my roll!

Felting and fulling took well over 4 hours

Then I was left with a large piece of felt!

Once the felt was done I washed it with fabric softner in the washing machine, cut out my pieces and made the jacket!!!!!

It was a ton of work, but so worth it!

Comments, questions welcome!


Nuno felting next!

2  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Full photo tutorial! Wet felted mittens (TONS OF PHOTOS) on: November 28, 2010 03:32:27 PM
So, I spent a long time on the internet looking up wet felted mitten tutorials and bought some books and couldn't find a mitten tutorial, so I taught myself and decided to make a tutorial for everyone out here in craftster land.

Here is the final product, if you like them, read on!

another example

What you need
2-3 ounces of roving (I use merino or merino/silk blends)
Pool noodle or something similar
Bubble wrap
Tulle or some similar type of netting

1. First thing to do is draw out your template on some plastic, for mitten I drew an oven mitt type shape to start that was approximately twice the size of the mittens.  Just guestimate, they will change shape as you felt so its just a basis. Lay this plastic on top of your bubble wrap.

Once you have done this lay down the first layer of wool in one direction.  Make the layer pretty thick so you almost cant see the outline anymore

2. Lay down a second layer of wool, equally thick in the other direction,

3. Decorate your mittens if you like! Pieces of yarn, silk, or any other fabric embellishments! (this will be the side of the mittens that is ultimately showing on top of your hand)

4. Lay down your tulle and wet the mittens with water I use a spray bottle but you dont have too.  I completely wet the project down before adding soap, and I use lye soap.  However I have mixed dish soap with water and done it all at once at this step.

5. Use your soap and rub it over the tulle (if you didnt pre-mix the soap and water)

Itll look something like this

6. Now its time to hand felt a little bit.  Gently rub with your hands in small circular motions, itll get really soapy now

I generally do this for about 5 minutes, until the felt seems like one solid (yet very flimsy) piece,  Every minute or two lift the tulle off so that the tulle doesnt felt into the wool!

7. Now its time to felt! Here you need your pool noodle.  I also use cotton to cover the whole thing, its easier on my arms for the rolling part!

All rolled up

Now you are going to roll for awhile. I do 50 rolls one way, open the package up, move the pool noodle in a different direction, repeat, and do this for all 4 directions.  You dont want it to completely felt yet! Just a little bit.

8. Unroll and add a resist.  The resist in this case is a piece of plastic the same size as your original mitten template.  Lay the plastic mitt shape resist down on top of the partially felted wool.

9. Now flip the overhanging wool onto the top of the resist, you may have to cut the felted wool at the thumb joint

It will look like this

10. Now repeat steps 1-9 for the top half of your mittens! Lay down more wool, wet it out, soap it, hand felt, and then do a little bit of felting.  You should now have something that looks like this.

11. Now flip the over hangs over again and try to rub them a bit to start the felting process.
Now you should have something that looks like giant wet mittens, time to full the mittens.  Repeat step 7. Except this time roll in each direction 100 times, flip the mittens over and roll in the 4 directions 100 times on the other side.  Each time you unroll the package its a good idea to pull the tulle off, again so it doesnt felt in.  After this you should have official giant mittens!

12, Cut the bottom of the mittens open, remove the resist and turn the mittens inside out (now they will be right side out)

13. Now time to hand full! At this point I do everything by hand.  Put the mittens on your hand and squeeze your hand a bunch so the thumb starts going in the direction you want, now time to hand roll.  Fold the thumb to the inside of the mitt when you hand roll.

Roll on a towel, again, about 100 times in each direction, each time you unroll it, try it on, stretch it, squeeze it, make it fit! Then roll again

Basically at this point you just keep doing this until the mittens fit! You can make them fit perfectly by doing this.  They will shrink a lot, if you over shrink them you can stretch them back to the size of your hand.  Once they dry they will fit like so!

Enjoy! Please dont hesistate if you have any questions or think anything could use further clarification!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A new versatile design on: November 07, 2010 06:41:01 PM
So this top started off as lingerie but I loved the material so much (super soft and supppper stretchy) that I wanted a top I could wear more often, so I ended up with this piece and made a really versatile top part!

Way 1 to wear it from my original idea

and a close up

and the back

then way 2 you can wear it like a halter to expose more back!

And then I got a little funky and tied a bow to hide my love handles

Hopefully the pictures are good enough to get an idea on construction! it is a little weird so hard to explain but I will answer any comments, questions, criticism !

4  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / First attempt at Wet Felting! (leg warmers) plus mini photo journal..... on: October 11, 2010 03:56:10 PM
Hey everyone!
This is my first attempt at wet felting! I'm taking a course on how to do it in 2 weeks and wanted to try first, so I read up on the process and made some leg warmers! They are really warm and I like how they turned out!

I wish the shapes were more defined but I think I didn't make the prefelts strong enough (only 2 layers) and didn't make the shapes exaggerated enough before they shrunk, but overall a cool effect I think...

Here is the size of the template vs. the size of the finished product...

Layer of wool 1

Layer of wool 2

After wetting and starting the felting

Starting the fulling process...

After a bit of fulling and removing the relief I have a giant seamless leg warmer

Half an hour of hand fulling...

and ta da!

Perfect for the fall weather!!!

Any comments welcome, especially for experienced felters! I'm really enjoying the process.......
5  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / wet felting - when can you take a break? on: September 26, 2010 01:25:28 PM
Hello All,

I'm a new felter.  I tackled my first project today after some experimenting and made 1 out of 2 leg warmers. It turned out relatively good for a first try! But dear lord i couldn't believe how long it took.  It took me over 4 hours from laying down roving to final product.

I want to make the second one but I don't know when I'll have a four hour window.  I was wondering if there is a point in the wet felting process that you can leave the project.  For instance can you start the fulling and then maybe leave it once the felt it strong but not totally shrunken?  or leave it after you wet it out like a prefelt? (keep it damp wrapped in plastic)

or is there another point you could leave it overnight to finish the next day?

Let me know what you think!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My Latest Fanware Brainchild, hand-drafted pattern, tons of topstitching! on: September 14, 2010 08:13:08 AM
So I based this jacket loosely off a jacket I bought my mom that I love!

I made the pattern myself and went to town, and I must say I think this is my favourite piece of all the things I've made.

You can wear the collar like so

or like so.... i love it both ways

Every seam has double top stitching, and the sleeves are made of 3 pieces

And on, fits like a glove, except I'm a total idiot and didn't pre-wash the fabric.  It's a stretchy denim so it will probably shrink  Angry  I think this puppy is going to be dry-cleaned for the rest of its life.

Way 2

and the back

Questions, comments and criticism as always!
7  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Wet Felting Course in Toronto on: August 23, 2010 11:31:12 AM
Hey all,

Just thought I would share a course I am taking! If anyone in the GTA is interested it's taught by some famous wet felters Cheesy  I've never done it before but am so excited to learn! 

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Denim Mock-up corset....fail.... (image heavy) on: July 25, 2010 06:12:39 PM
This corset/skirt combo was made from 3 old pairs of jeans and some old lace...

It was originally a mock-up corset since you aren't supposed to use denim for corsets but I liked the way it looked so I kept going and ended up with this...

When it was still a mock-up I made just to get the fit for the real thing right...

I do wish I had put in more grommets

I liked it so I played around with some appliques I had....

I loved it so added 22 spiral bones and ended up with this

Then I had nothing to go with it so made this somewhat gibbous? inspired skirt....

Trying out this idea i've had with a completely exposed zipper...i'm happy with it

and finally, my cat decided to join in on the fun  Cheesy

So what do you think'? worth keeping the mock up?  now I still have to make the real 3 layer corset out of proper fabric  Grin

comments and questions welcome!
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / 2 new Battlestar Screens and photo tutorial! (image HEAVY) on: July 23, 2010 05:56:09 PM
So I made this design for myself, it's my second silk screen/stencil ever.  Last time I did it by hand, this one I created on the computer, stenciled and screened (tutorial at bottom)  but I do Love it! I think any big BSG fans will as well  Smiley  I also screened it onto fabric and then made the shirt myself

Here's a farther away image of the front....

And this is the back

And here is one I made for my brother because I think it's funny and he likes nerdy/funny things...

Screen on the front (there is a little smudge, I'm sad!)

And then I cheated and used an iron on transfer for the back...

Close up for any hardcore fans  Cheesy

And here is the tute and the tools.  I mixed stenciling and screening.

So first I made the stencil and printed it.   I used an Xacto knife kit and a "self healing" sewing mat thing..... this was on totally normal paper, I think if I used a tiny bit thicker... like cardstock, it might not have left smudges

And after an HOUR of careful cutting...

Next I lay it on the shirt on the floor

Then I lay the silk screen ON top of the paper ON the shirt

I used my body weight to hold it down and applied some fabric paint on top of the top of the paper on the screen...

Then used the squeegee to pull the paint down over the screen like a normal silk screen! but being VERY careful to not let the paint go over the paper

And ta da!  The only crappy thing about this technique is it is single use.  But I'm all about one of a kind!

Comments, Questions and Criticism welcome, I am totally new to this, but I love it!
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Nerd Shirt - my first silk screen on: July 17, 2010 12:11:40 PM
I'm new to this part of the forum, this is my very first attempt at silk screening!

It's some brain cells, RNA and proteins..... I'm a science person incase you're wondering.

I painted this and then silk screened it onto a piece of fabric, then made the shirt!

Quite the messy learning process but I think I'll have a lot of fun with it!

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