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271  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Storing Felting Needles on: June 20, 2012 03:28:39 AM
Good idea! Some of the needles I have purchased over the years have come stuck in coffee stirrers which is a good way to protect the tips and fingers! =^..^=
272  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Storing Felting Needles on: June 19, 2012 08:44:03 AM
That's a good solution, Jexxican!! It's always nice to be able to quickly identify the size of a needle.  Cheesy
273  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Storing Felting Needles on: June 19, 2012 01:37:11 AM
I used to do that before I started buying needles in bulk. I don't go through a lot of needles, but I was using a lot of needles for casting my tools so the needles were getting handled and then set aside without actually being used for felting. Any time needles are handled (and also exposed to things like casting resin) they have an increased chance of rusting. I have a new system for casting my tools, so I don't have to use good needles anymore, but it still saves money to buy needles in bulk so I wanted a safe way to store and protect them! =^..^=
274  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Storing Felting Needles on: June 18, 2012 11:07:17 AM
Over the years I have had a variety of methods for storing needles none of which I particularly liked. As I was reorganizing my work space yesterday I once again started thinking about possible solutions.
I wanted something that was easy to access, would protect the needles, and would protect me from the needles.

This is what I ended up making this morning - a variation on a jewelry roll.


The layer of batting on the inside holds the needles nicely in place and should also help to prevent rust. I just need to make a couple more of these needle rolls so that I have a different roll for each of the different size needles that I use.

How do you store your needles???
275  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Mr. Panda and the (not-felted) giants on: June 14, 2012 12:23:05 PM
LOL!!! Hope you are able to find him!!! =^..^=
276  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: IYP 21 Summer Soiree (Signups Closed-- Send by July 16,2012) on: June 14, 2012 12:21:40 PM
Thanks! I always think of that as "tracking" - and that's what I ask for when at the post office too! I always add tracking to my packages! =^..^=
277  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: IYP 21 Summer Soiree (Signups Closed-- Send by July 16,2012) on: June 13, 2012 11:42:14 AM
Just reading through the rules again and I do not understand this part:

Quote: 4. Make sure you can mail on time, and provide organizer with a DC number when you do.
End Quote

What is a DC number??
278  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: IYP 21 Summer Soiree (Signups Closed-- Send by July 16,2012) on: June 13, 2012 11:37:36 AM
My computer died last week and I'm still in the process of getting back to where I was, but that gave me the perfect opportunity to put aside some work projects and work on my swap!

I finished it this afternoon and I'm quite pleased! Hope MissingWillow will be as pleased!!

Won't be sending it off just yet, but soon it will be on its journey home!! =^..^=
279  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Needle Felted Baby Cottontail on: June 13, 2012 03:23:27 AM
Looking forward to when you can post the image! I love rabbits!!
280  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best and or cheapest place to buy needle felting supplies? on: June 10, 2012 04:47:23 AM
Check Yahoo groups for fiber groups - sometimes they are people who own just a few sheep or are just willing to sell fiber for less than you might find it elsewhere. Sometimes you will have to wash the wool, but that isn't that difficult. I get most of my fiber from Mielke's - they have a great selection and their quality is always excellent. They do have sampler packs of fiber, but they aren't "cheap" - you get a lot of fiber in those samplers.

I used to buy my needles on eBay and was always looking for the best bargain. That makes sense when you're first learning needle felting, but there is a big difference in the quality of needles available. A good needle has the barbs positioned closer to the tip and the first barb is 1/8th of an inch from the tip. I have been trying to grab the link to where I get my needles, but the internet is being slow. #38stars are probably the most useful of needles. I use #38 stars and #42s more than my other needles.

Foam pads can vary in quality too and they really are not the best work surface for needle felting, but they certainly are the most commonly used. Covering the pad with some flannel can be helpful. The flannel will need to be replaced from time to time and it can help cut down on the foam pad grabbing fiber when it's poked.
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