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1  Steampunk Needlefelted Hollow Brooch in Felting: Completed Projects by Harlan on: June 01, 2014 08:37:29 AM
Working on ideas for another class - this is just one of many variations that I have done. I rather liked the contrast of the metal gears with the fiber.

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2  Re: How to do cobblestone type effect help? in Felting: Discussion and Questions by Harlan on: May 05, 2014 04:11:46 AM
Nice texture!! I can see why you'd want to try and do that!

First off - I am not a wet felter so I do not "know" how to create that texture, but I could take a logical guess or two:

In the first image you posted the cobbles all appear to me to be from the same original layer of fiber which makes me think that the piece was partially felted and then the cobbles were cut (not cutting through all layers) and the cobbles were given some individual attention to smooth their edges before continuing to felt the whole piece.

The first piece might also be achieved by laying out the foundation fibers. Laying on top of that a plastic web or plastic that has had holes cut into it that are large enough to form a good bond between the foundation and the cobble layers and then laying out the cobble layer fiber. Wet felting, cutting the cobbles and continuing to wet felt the whole. The plastic would act as a resist preventing the edges of the cobbles from felting to the underlying foundation.

In the second piece I suspect that the cobbles were made separately and then added to the overall piece. They did not appear to be as dimensional as the cobbles in the first piece.

As a needle felter - I would create the bag on a larger than desired foam pillow. I would lay out the foundation fibers, tacking them in place and then creating and adding the cobbles. The whole could then be wet felted to really bond the layers together. The fibers won't significantly felt to the foam pillow so you can make a cut, use your hands to free the fiber from the foam pillow - remove the pilllow and then continue wet felting if desired.

I created this rock by a combination of needle and wet felting which allowed me great control over what colors went where.

Hope that will give you some ideas on how you might create your cobble bag!! =^..^=
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3  Re: Needle felted, then wet felted? in Felting: Discussion and Questions by Harlan on: March 31, 2014 05:36:01 AM
How large do you need the fabric like pieces to be?

Wet felting probably isn't going to be the solution, but I've made thin needle felted fabric. Here's what you do:

Lay out a THIN layer of fiber larger than you need the finish fabric to be.
On top of that lay out an even thin layer of fiber that has been cut and carded (1" - 1.5" in length).
Tack the two layers together - Tack (don't thrust your needles deep into these two layers.

Gently lift all the fiber off your work surface (lift in the direction of that first layer of long fibers) and turn it over.
Tack all the fibers from the other side.

Start surface felting at shallow angles to the fiber, turn it over as needed.

Hold the fabric you are creating up to a light to see which area might be to thin - add more fiber in those areas - tack and then surface felt.

It's possible to make very thin needle felted fabric this way. I work only on Clover brush mat - I do not know if this process might be a bit more difficult on foam work surfaces because of the "bounce" that they have - should still work.

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4  Another Dragon in Felting: Completed Projects by Harlan on: March 18, 2014 04:32:57 AM
I did this a while ago, but I don't believe I ever posted him here!

He was a fun project and now belongs to my son. I keep hoping that I will find time to do more dragons, but I always have so many other things I need to do. One of these days!!

This dragon lives in our office so I get to see him regularly at least! =^..^=
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5  Re: Jellyfish Brooch in Felting: Completed Projects by Harlan on: February 26, 2014 08:35:33 AM
Thanks!! I've been doing a lot of experimenting and looking at different jellyfish images - really such a wide variety!! Lots of differences especially in the types of tentacles that they might have.

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6  More Jellyfish Brooches in Felting: Completed Projects by Harlan on: February 20, 2014 02:50:35 PM

Working on some ideas for another class. This is one of the experiments. =^..^=
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7  Running Stag Bracelet in Felting: Completed Projects by Harlan on: February 01, 2014 11:34:33 AM

Latest bracelet. Finally got it finished after a week of interruptions. (whew) =^..^=
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8  Re: Falcor in Felting: Completed Projects by Harlan on: February 01, 2014 05:21:48 AM
Oh Wow!!!  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

THANK YOU!!! =^..^=
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9  Zoomorphic Celtic Knot Bracelet in Felting: Completed Projects by Harlan on: January 22, 2014 09:02:08 AM

Another bracelet inspired by Celtic Knot work!!
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10   Hedgehog in Felting: Completed Projects by Harlan on: December 15, 2013 05:22:15 AM
My son's friend asked me to make a hedgehog for him to give to his girlfriend for Christmas.

I think she will be pleased!! =^..^=

I did, out of curiousity, go looking for "hedgehog mohair" since that fabric really does a great job of looking like hedgehog spines, but it is next to impossible to find in the States. Some day I will get some and do a more realistic hedgehog and see how that turns out.
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