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231  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Happy Cat! on: May 30, 2012 10:17:19 AM
Thanks so much!!!  Cheesy  Cheesy

I made another cute cat yesterday, but I can't get a good photo of it because it was made in very dark fiber. I may have to try some new lighting arrangements and see if I can finally get a decent photo.
232  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Using core batting on: May 30, 2012 10:15:17 AM
Wool batting works great for core fiber! I use batting that is meant for comforters - works great!!
233  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Newbie asking a question on reducing "loose fuzz" on: May 29, 2012 09:30:29 AM
# 42 needles are very fine and the first barb would be on the same side as the bend in the L at the top of the needle - I've never found that first barb placed anywhere else on #42s

on #40s the first barb is "on the side" in relationship to the L at the top BUT

all you have to do is hold your needle so that first barb is closest to the surface when needling at a shallow angle.

234  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Happy Cat! on: May 29, 2012 05:59:26 AM
I've been experimenting with a bunch of different projects - this is a small piece I made at the end of last week:

235  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Newbie asking a question on reducing "loose fuzz" on: May 29, 2012 05:55:02 AM
There are several ways to reduce the amount of surface fuzz on a piece.

When you begin finishing a piece the best technique is to use #42 needles at a very shallow angle AND positioned so that the first barb (which on a #42 is on the same side of the needle as the bend in the L at the top) is the first to enter your piece. I call this "Surface Felting" - your needles are almost parallel to the surface of the piece. This helps to catch a lot of those flyaway fibers and secure them into the piece.

Once a piece has been properly surface felted you may still find some flyaway fibers - it's pretty much the nature of the craft - and then your best tools are a sweater (or fuzz) shaver, or fine scissors.

When using a sweater shaver, do not apply heavy pressure on the piece. Sweater shavers are capable of shaving off more than you really want. You just want it to glide across the surface so that it can shave off those flyaway fibers and give your piece a nice neat finish.

Hope that helps! =^..^=
236  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Pretty close to a human... on: May 27, 2012 04:03:50 AM

Why do you need an excuse to do humans??
How do you like working on an armature? I've done a few pieces with armatures, but I usually avoid them.
237  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Purple Pansy on: May 26, 2012 01:49:31 PM
Lovely Pansy!! Flowers are always such wonderful subjects!!

That 4x6 sounds like fun!
238  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Needle Felted Bird and Flower Cushion Cover on Recycled Sweaters on: May 26, 2012 04:08:15 AM
Lovely!!! Adding beauty to recycling!!!  Cheesy
239  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Chibi A_Dori_Ball on: May 25, 2012 04:10:52 AM
THanks!!! I ended up making some more:

240  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Chibi A_Dori_Ball on: May 24, 2012 03:06:51 AM
Thanks!!!  Cheesy    "Squee" was pretty much my son's reaction too!!
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