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31  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Daydream on: May 27, 2016 06:37:46 AM
BEAUTIFUL OWL!!!! Lots of character and very nicely done!!!  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

I'm not fond of your background on this one. I think it competes with your focal (the owl) and that isn't what a background is supposed to do (please forgive me - I'm an oil painter of 45 years experience so when I look at a painting whether it is fiber or oil, I analyze it from that experience - it doesn't make me right - it's just my opinion).

32  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Chinese Dragon Bracelet on: May 27, 2016 06:29:32 AM
I love all the wearable felted art you keep coming up with, Harlan! The dragon integrated into the bracelet pieces is also ingenious! I hope to see more clever accessories from you Smiley

Me too!!! LOL!!!

Thank you very much!!! It's sort odd how I got into doing jewelry, but it is interesting!!

I still want to do a couple more dragon bracelets. I've just been swamped with other work for the time being!! =^..^=
33  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best felting surfaces on: May 27, 2016 06:27:27 AM
I understand that some felters like a big work surface, but you really can only work on a small area at a time so the brush mat really is large enough to do just about anything!!  The Falcor I did is 30 + odd inches - all of that was done on a 3" x 6" brush mat!

I worked on foam pads when I started. I went through several the first year. I'm still on my old brush mat and it can go another 10 or 20 years!!

The energy you expend every time you thrust your needle is used to do what you want when working on a brush mat. When you are working on a foam pad, part of that energy is being used to compress the foam pad which isn't something that improves the action you are taking - it's the nature of the foam pad - it makes you waste energy!

Every thrust of a needle into a foam pad is breaking that foam pad down. There are two basic types of foam: open cell and closed cell - It may take a while, but the needles are destroying the structure of the foam and it will get weaker and weaker over time. Eventually you do have to replace it.

=^..^=
34  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Lucky - Cat Portrait on: May 22, 2016 06:40:46 AM
Thank you!!! =^..^=

Was informed recently by the lady for whom I did this portrait that she had learned that Lucky had passed away. We're all saddened by the news. She and her mom are doubly glad to have his sculpture portrait.
35  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Rupert the bunny. on: May 20, 2016 07:03:38 AM
Rupert is a very fine rabbit!!!!  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy =^..^=

I've used both glass and plastic eyes on different projects. I've also felted eyes as well.  Sometimes one works better than another! Wink
36  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: A hedgehog. Cause there's never too many hedgies. on: May 20, 2016 07:00:55 AM
Such a sweet expression on his face!!!!! SUPER!!!  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy =^..^=
37  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best felting surfaces on: May 19, 2016 01:13:56 PM
BEST surface for needle felting is a BRUSH MAT -

It doesn't fall apart over time. It doesn't have that "bounce" which can contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome. Because it does not compress when you needle, you have greater control, and it takes less effort to needle felt.

You should cover it with a piece of flannel so that the bristles do not grab the fiber. The flannel will need to be replaced from time to time, but that's a lot cheaper than a foam pad.

Clover makes a nice brush mat that is about 3" x 6" - I've been using mine for 9 years now - maybe longer. I'm still using the same brush mat - I clean it out regularly (use something like a thin knitting needle to help remove the fibers that do end up down in the bristles).

THere are other companies also making brush mats for needle felting now too.
Only way to go!!!
38  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Mr Steampunk Pirate Fox on: May 17, 2016 08:29:49 AM
WHat a fun piece!!! I love foxes and steampunk!! Great combination!!!  Cheesy Cheesy =^..^=
39  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Inspired by Polymer Clay - Felted Necklace on: May 13, 2016 11:54:14 AM
And another variation:



Originally I was going to make handmade felt heishi to go all the way around the neck. I may do that for another piece, but I wanted to move on with this one. =^..^=
40  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Wire and Fiber Brooch on: May 06, 2016 06:18:34 AM
THANK YOU!!! What a nice way to start off the day!!!  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

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