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231  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making tiny details (beaks/ears/tails) on: November 24, 2013 03:55:30 AM
You might need to agitate it longer. Hot water helps to open the scales on the fiber. Soap just makes the process of agitating a bit easier. Agitation is what really helps the fibers to felt together. Smaller lengths of fiber and finer fiber might be better for forming small shapes. Alternating between hot and cold water can also help the felting process.
232  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need some felting advice and recommendations... on: November 21, 2013 07:14:06 AM
Hi Dude,

You might try something like 100% wool felt cloth. Wool will absorb 30% its weight in moisture which is a good wicking percentage. You can get good felt in a variety of thicknesses as well. Felt cloth is made of a lot of different materials these days. Some is even made from 100% recycled plastic bottles - I have no idea how well that would wick the aromatic oils.

If you wanted to create something that was a bit more decorative, you could use a variety of wool felt colors and do a simple design by combining two layers of different colors and cutting holes in the top layer so the bottom color shows through. You could probably find instructions for making felt cloth dolls (like gingerbread men or nut crackers) some of which are stuffed - which would give you the option to stuff it with something like dried lavender which is often used in sachets.

You might consider wet or needle felting where fibers are manipulated into various shapes. There is no law saying that car fresheners need to be flat. Wink

How long the scent would last would probably have more to do with what aromatic oils you use than with the material to which it is applied.

Hope that is of some help to you!!
233  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making tiny details (beaks/ears/tails) on: November 11, 2013 05:04:36 AM
white glue huh? I haven't heard of anyone doing that and my gut reaction is "no". I don't think it is necessary and that there are other/better solutions. I have used a spot of glue to hold glass eyes in place, but that glue will never be seen or touched.

I think it would make better archival sense to just properly wet felt very small detail parts such as beaks. There are natural limitations to how small we can easily make objects with felting needles - size of the needles and placement of the barbs. Wet felting can create objects of good integrity that are even smaller because wet felting also employs shrinkage as part of its mechanism.

I have seen many fiber artist use polymer clay for small details such as claws and noses - I think that makes more sense than using something like white glue.
234  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making tiny details (beaks/ears/tails) on: November 10, 2013 04:20:12 AM
Glad to be of some help.

I wouldn't tear the fiber into extremely short lengths - you need at least some length to be able to tangle. 1/2" probably will still work.

The picture of the fiber - that is what I call "rope". Those fibers have been drum carded to stretch the fiber and to have the fibers run parallel to one another - excellent for spinning, not so ideal for needle felting, but a very handy form for the fiber. Almost all the fiber I use in my work comes in "rope balls".

Rather than folding your fibers over, mess them up. I like to use 2 wire dog brushes to card fibers - if you use them just enough, you mess up the fibers nicely. If you card with them for too long, you end up just realigning the fibers again.
235  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making tiny details (beaks/ears/tails) on: November 09, 2013 05:52:09 AM
What fiber are you using?

A finer fiber is easier to needle felt into smaller details. Merino would be a good choice.
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How long is the staple of your fiber?

A shorter staple length is helpful when making small objects. If necessary, you can tear your fiber into shorter lengths to make it easier to needle felt.
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What form is your fiber in? Are you using natural locks or fiber that has been drum carded to stretch and align the fiber to run parallel to one another?

If you're using drum carded fiber (I call that rope), tearing the fiber into smaller pieces and carding it with wire dog brushes can also be helpful. The idea is to break up that parallel alignment of the fiber. Messy fiber is half way to felted fiber.
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What needles are you using?

When working with small quantities of fiber, a finer needle (such as a #42) would be the best choice.
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Where are the barbs on your finest needle?

Knowing where the first barb is on your needles is helpful.
On a good needle the first barb should be positioned close to the point of the needle.  The closer that first barb is to the point, the more "work" it will do in a small object. You also won't need to thrust the needle in as far into the fiber.
You want to hold your needle so that barb will be closest to the surface of your fiber.
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Rolling small quantities of fiber between your finger and a *slightly* dampened palm is more effective than just rolling the fibers in a dry hand.


Hope some of those tips will be helpful! =^..^=
236  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Wool Felted Dryer Balls on: November 07, 2013 04:03:08 AM
These are Fun!!!  Cheesy Cheesy I've made up dryer balls as well. A great way to use up scraps of fiber left from other projects.

You don't really need to go through the process of dry felting/wet felting/dry felting - dryer balls will naturally become more felted with use in the dryer. Just making them larger than you eventually want them to be works fine! =^..^=
237  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Wool Felted Soap on: November 06, 2013 03:52:42 AM
Those are very nice!! Much prettier than other felted soaps I have seen!! =^..^=
238  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Celtic Knot Bird Cuff on: October 31, 2013 08:24:25 AM
Thank You!!!!

That brightens my day!!  Cheesy Cheesy =^..^=
239  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Celtic Knot Bird Cuff on: October 30, 2013 05:31:21 AM


Sorry to not have been around much of late. We've had some life altering losses in our family recently.

I made this cuff in September. Loosely inspired by Book of the Kells. I love celtic knots! I'm working on a celtic knot deer, but that will have to wait until I finish the preparations for the workshop I'm teaching in November.
240  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: It's a Boy! Needle felted Gender reveal pumpkin on: October 04, 2013 04:28:09 AM
What a thoughtful and cute gift!!! =^..^=
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