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2391  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: stocking-needlefelted onto felt on: January 08, 2012 07:14:12 PM
I am loving the combination of needle-felting and embroidery. This would have a place of honor all year round if it came to me. I like how it's not all Christmassy but you can still tell what it is. Nice job!

Also, side note, I really like your new profile picture much better than the old one. It is much more flattering.
2392  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / I'm learning! on: January 08, 2012 02:02:35 PM
I don't remember what gave me the vision but I have this SUPER AWESOME vision in my head that concerns wet felting a bunch of vessels and needle felting them together and then needle felting embellishments on them. I've never felted anything at all. Well, maybe some rocks but that didn't count. So before I get this vision out of my head I first had to learn to felt. Vision's not started yet, but here are my learning adventures:


Then I bought a kit for needle-felting and the day it came in I made some balls for said needles:

Then I decided to try my hand at vessels, since I will need about 10 for my vision. I think I'm sending these to my Mom for her birthday because what the hell else am I going to do with them?
Smaller vessel with random flowers, no patterns or real flowers envisioned, just poking:

Larger Vessel with Bluebonnets, designed specifically for said Mother Ship:

I really like the abstracted bluebonnets on these and how they are all different. I tried the first with leaves and decided No, I'm not that good yet. RIP! Also, there are 6 on there but I figure it's already a heavy enough post so you can just image them.

And while I was waiting for the vessels to dry before I decided to try some panels:

And an experiment with some sparklies in the middle layer. Added too many sparklies. Didn't felt as well through as it should have. But like I said I'm learning!

Now to finish that Chevelle hoop and get on with my "vision" that I'm being so secretive about!

QUESTION: On the needle felted embellishments they are really easy to rip out. How do I stop that and make it permanent? With kids around I really don't want my work to be easily demolished. A little fabric glue on the back hold it in or is there something real felters do?
2393  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Handspun and Handcrafts Swap Round 5 (SU through 1/20, SO 2/20) on: January 07, 2012 08:46:48 AM
I'd like to join this one, but as I only spin natural (sheep) fiber in natural colours (I do dye sometimes but also only natural dyes, so no fancy colours) so I don't know if anyone would be interested...
Oh wait, I'm signed up as a spinner so I might not count but I thought I would voice that anyway.
2394  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday January 6th 2012 on: January 06, 2012 08:55:38 AM
Ooh, nice. Very comfy looking. It can be amazing how much yarn a project actually takes! I am always surprised, always!

Sorry, no contribution this week. *gasp!* I know, I've been felting instead of spinning. I'll post all of that soon enough, though.
2395  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Handspun and Handcrafts Swap Round 5 (SU through 1/20, SO 2/20) on: January 05, 2012 11:52:32 AM
I would like to join this swap, but I'm going to throw it out there to the group before I go ahead and do it.  The thing is, I only have drop-spindles, and I really like to spin but I'm not so great at it yet, and I end up with smallish uneven skeins.  But I have heard some people say that they really like the less experienced "art yarn" type quality- and I also make my own batts and have tons of different fiber available to mix in.   So if anyone is wanting to receive some smaller chunky random yarns- let me know and I will definitely join.  Otherwise I will hold off and my feelings won't be hurt a bit. Smiley
I think if you feel too uncomfortable with your yarns you could sign up as an other crafter and send some of your batts to your sninning partner as part of the swap. Just a suggestion. I'm so glad there are so many people interested already! I forgot to look: is there a cap on how many swappers?
2396  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Bamboo hat on: January 05, 2012 05:18:53 AM
You are very cute.
Oh yeah, the hat is nice too. I can't alter patterns like that I so applaud your skill. Looks comfy and professional.
2397  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Handspun and Handcrafts Swap Round 5 (SU through 1/20, SO 2/20) on: January 05, 2012 04:31:08 AM
I'm #1! Hell yeah I'm in on this. I was just at Hobby Lobby yesterday trying to figure out how to spend me gift cards and I was thinking "Man, I wish I was in a swap so I had real projects to plan around my $ spending." And now I do! Well, kind of. I guess this isn't really too much of a HL friendly swap, though. Whatever! I'm in!
2398  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: More lyrics in a pillow! on: January 04, 2012 07:33:18 AM
It's subtle, but that works for it I think. Very clever idea.
2399  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: Faux Batik (with tutorial) lots of pics on: January 02, 2012 03:55:39 PM
 Kiss Love it!
2400  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Hoopla Round 7?? on: January 02, 2012 03:33:00 PM
I've been waiting for this. I thought I wasn't going to want to anymore hooplas but I've changed my mind. Here are the ideas that are up that I like best:
-Mix and Match
-Music and Movies
-Silhouettes/negative space, definitely, love using +/- space!
That's my favorite. When's the vote? AHA! I know, give it time... bah!
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