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231  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Cat - needle felted kitten (almost life size) on: January 10, 2013 12:12:25 AM
THanks so much!!!  Cheesy Cheesy

He's almost life size for a kitten - 5" to top of his ears and about 9" long (not counting the tail).
232  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Any ideas on what I could make with..................... on: January 09, 2013 12:19:09 PM
I'd make a lion and use this yarn for his mane!! =^..^=
233  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: New to felting, is it possible to make ridges? on: January 09, 2013 12:15:50 PM
Ridges are very possible. Starting with a stem which is medium firmness and at least twice the actual diameter that you want, start needling your ridges - it may make it easier to keep track of the depressions to use a small bit of alternate color fiber to establish your felting lines. Reduce the whole carefully. As the piece is reduce take an Exacto knife and gently slice in the depression between ridges (not too deep)

The reason you want to slice the fiber is lessen the chance that needling in the depression reduces the ridge more than you want. The cuts basically separate the fibers in each ridge giving you greater control. Hope that helps!!
234  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Cat - needle felted kitten (almost life size) on: January 09, 2013 12:05:46 PM
 Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

THANKS!!! I was aiming for real!!

I am a bit rusty on doing a serious cat - Prittens (pretty kittens) used to be all I did, but I've been doing lots of other needle felting projects and classes and I haven't done a serious cat in a couple of years. I really want to do more! I like this larger scale. I did like making ones that could fit in your hand, but there's a lot more you can do with a sculpture when it's a larger scale.
235  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Pods and Pollen Needle Felted Necklace on: January 09, 2013 12:01:50 PM
Thanks very much!!  Cheesy

This is just needle felted as is most of my work. I've done very little wet felting.
I really like the control that I have when needle felting - I know for some things it's probably more time consuming, but I think the effort is worthwhile.

There are links in my signature to my flickr stream and such. We're planning on renovating my own website soon and finally include my needle felting work. Currently it is just devoted to my paintings.
236  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Cat - needle felted kitten (almost life size) on: January 09, 2013 11:43:02 AM

Needle felting cats is what got me into this art/craft, but it has been a while since I had the opportunity to do a serious cat (I've done some cute, fun feline projects). WHile I have a lot of projects that need attention, I decided to start this new year with a feline. My husband is calling this one Pryant (which I think is a reference to its size compared to my Prittens and not its name).
237  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Needle Felted Sun Conure! Teeny little version of my Peanut on: September 21, 2012 02:01:57 PM
What a sweet tiny conure!!! =^..^= Great job!!!
238  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: More cuddle-able in felted form (pic heavy) on: August 22, 2012 06:53:19 AM
These are sweet!!! I especially love the duckling!! =^..^=

I personally use a range of needles: #36s, #38stars, #40s and #42. Different size needles have slightly different purposes. #38stars are great all around needles and #42s are wonderful for finishing a piece. Not all needles are "the same" in quality. A good needle should have the first barb on the blade very close to the tip (about 1/8th"). Most felting needles have 3 edges on the blade and 2 barbs per edge. Star needles have 4 edges so they have a total of 8 barbs compared to the typical 6 barbs per blade. There are many variations out there, but they are often not easily available to crafters. Felting needles were designed for use in the production of non-woven materials and are used on the industrial level.

There are a lot different fibers available for needle felting. I know a lot of felters who prefer Corriedale either in ropes or batt. I personally prefer Merino which takes a little more effort to needle felt, but results in a fine smooth finish. I also use Shetland and other fibers depending on the project.

I do have excellent sources for both fiber and needles - drop me a private message if you'd like the links.

239  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Pods and Pollen Needle Felted Necklace on: August 19, 2012 04:21:30 AM
Thanks!! =^..^=

All the pods and pollens are interesting to make. There are so many variations possible! My sister-in-law wants me to do a variation of the necklace in wine and rust colors featuring pomegranites. If I can find the time, I might do that! Glad to have this class done. Hoping to do a painting next and take a small break from needle felting.
240  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Needle Felted Baby Cottontail on: August 14, 2012 03:48:30 AM
Adorable!! =^..^=
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