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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making Hot/Cold "socks"... should I use Rice or Wheat? on: November 13, 2013 01:35:42 PM
Krissy: Awesome, I just got some rice 'cause it was on major sale haha.

Jin: haha that's ok with me. They seem easy enough to make.

ess: thanks for the warning.
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making Hot/Cold "socks"... should I use Rice or Wheat? on: November 08, 2013 07:59:51 PM
Jin: Thanks so much for the help! I hope they love them. Smiley
3  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Wool Felted Dryer Balls on: November 07, 2013 06:01:39 PM
jex: Thanks! Cheesy

yoo: I don't see why not... though they are only about 3-4oz, I'm not sure if juggling balls need to be a certain weight to juggle properly... I don't know how to juggle lol

Harlan: Yeah I kinda make a loose ball with a bit of dry felting to get it to stay some what in place, then put it in panty hose and throw it in the wash. Sometimes I have to dry felt it again to get the little bits back in place... or if I"m adding more like I did the details of the faces.

Ony: OMG, who knew a little needle could hurt so much! I totally feel you. I lose focus sometimes and it sure perks me back up!
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making Hot/Cold "socks"... should I use Rice or Wheat? on: November 07, 2013 05:56:24 PM
I haven't made "socks" before but I've made the heat bags for a few years. I've used buckwheat for the pads and flax for eye masks. It was based on the nice smell after heating and price. I made one bag with rice and just didn't like the smell. Hope this helps.

Thank you! I've never made either so I have no experience.
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Making Hot/Cold "socks"... should I use Rice or Wheat? on: November 06, 2013 05:42:41 PM
So... I'm going to try and make most of the Christmas gifts this year instead of buying because we're broke and because I can lol. I found a tutorial to make hot/cold "socks" and it calls for wheat... but I've also seen them made with rice. I was wondering, has anyone made some with both types? Which did you think was better? I tried to google but I didn't get far.

BTW, here's the tutorial Smiley http://www.brassyapple.com/2009/03/diy-therapy-sacks.html?m=1
6  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Wool Felted Dryer Balls on: November 06, 2013 05:31:33 PM
I wasn't sure if I shoulda included this with my other post of wool felted soaps.. sorry if I did it wrong. I'm super new. But I wanted to share my other wool projects. Smiley

These are 100% wool dryer balls made with wool roving. I dry felt them, then wet felt them, then dry felt them. Kinda labor intensive but they are fun. Again, it's therapeutic to stab things over and over sometimes haha.






If I ever do detailed dryer balls again, I'll do a photo tutorial. Smiley
7  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Wool Felted Soap on: November 06, 2013 05:14:25 PM
I buy raw wool. I once was given wool from a friends' sheep or Llamas or something (can't recall) but man that was a mess to clean... and I didn't have the proper tools to clean it so... oi, mess. haha. I buy wool from: http://mohairandmore.com/index.php and dye it myself. Smiley I'm sure you could use old sweaters though but it wouldn't produce the same look as mine.

Haha thanks. I rarely see ones done like mine so I guess I'm kinda proud of it. Smiley
8  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Wool Felted Soap on: November 06, 2013 08:49:06 AM
Jexx: Thanks Smiley

Yoo: The designs hold up beautifully. The colors do fade some but I'd imagine that's to be expected considering it's being subjected to soap and hot water over and over.

Still: The jist of it; I wet felt the wool on the soap and let it dry. Then I dry felt the wool on the soap (to tighten it up and make sure it doesn't slip/slide). I then pick a design and make a tiny stencil. Using tiny bits of colored wool, I dry felt it with a single needle until it's filled in. It's easy but tedious.

I love it though. I kinda stopped because people weren't really appreciating it as much as the work I put into it. They'd mentioned they didn't really care what design, they were more interested in the type of soap and scent. So I stopped designing them and have kept them solid colors. I will do a custom design if someone wanted it though since I know they'd appreciate it.
9  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Falcor on: November 05, 2013 07:20:29 PM
That's so awesssooommeeeee!
10  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Wool Felted Soap on: November 05, 2013 07:15:36 PM
First time posting a topic on here... forgive me if I do something wrong. Smiley

I wanted to share my wool felted soaps I make. I may do a tutorial next time I make some. ^_^ These are wet felted onto soap, then the design is dry felted with a needle. It's so fun... pretty therapeutic piercing something over and over with a needle hahaha





I've done a few others but my old computer died and took some photos with it. Sad
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