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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for Bernat Soft Boucl in the GTA on: May 23, 2014 06:07:00 PM
Thanks for the tips! I've tried several places online with no luck. Calling them first is a great idea!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Looking for Bernat Soft Boucl in the GTA on: May 15, 2014 05:10:29 PM
Hello!

I've got a few random balls of yarn in Bernat Soft Boucl, but I'm having trouble finding this particular type of Bernat in the greater Toronto area (walmart and giant tiger used to carry it, michaels had very slim pickings).

Anyone have any suggestions? There are a few colours I don't think they make anymore, but I love this yarn and need it for some upcoming projects!

Thanks!
3  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / You know your needles are dull when... on: May 07, 2014 06:35:05 PM
... You stab your finger and it doesn't bleed!   Wink
4  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What are people working on this weekend? on: May 02, 2014 06:16:23 PM
I'm hoping to finish a Mother's Day project this weekend. Spent weeks recreating a salt dough figurine in felt, just the last little details left! Very excited to see how it turns out! My mom had this figurine in her kitchen for 35 years and it just broke, I rescued it saying I'd try fixing it, but there is no hope for it, just too old, so felt it is! She has no idea, I hope she likes it!!
5  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Needle felted, then wet felted? on: March 31, 2014 02:00:34 PM
Oh and it's not very big, the biggest piece is about 4"x10"
6  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Needle felted, then wet felted? on: March 31, 2014 01:59:31 PM
Thanks for your input! I love needle felting, but I'm working on the patience part of it Smiley

I did a thin layer of uncarded natural merino and covered it in a thin layer of carded dyed Corriedale, it might make the most sense to just use the coloured Corriedale though. It doesn't need to be super thin, about 1/4 inch would be fine.

I guess I just need to keep on felting! I'll keep going with shallow stabs, I've got a piece of foam and a clover mat (with flannel on it to keep the fuzzies down), I'll spend some more time on it and see how it goes!

Thanks again!
7  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Needle felted, then wet felted? on: March 30, 2014 07:11:40 PM
Hello!

I'm recreating a dough doll statue (that's crumbling to pieces) out of felt. Part of this is creating layers of fabric-like pieces that will be attached (a dress/apron).

I made a piece of the dress out of roving, but it's still thicker than I'd like. I was thinking if I wet felted my already-kinda-needle felted piece, it might get flatter.

If I need to suck it up and just keep stabbing - feel free to tell me that too Smiley
8  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making tiny details (beaks/ears/tails) on: November 24, 2013 07:48:35 AM
Great tips! Thanks!!
9  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making tiny details (beaks/ears/tails) on: November 23, 2013 10:39:16 AM
Used the wet felting beads tutorial to try to make some tiny beaks. The black wool was really stringy (will try again ripping it into smaller pieces but I think the type of wool is part of the issue). I have some yellow Corriedale and it seemed to shape better, but we'll see when they dry!

I used hot water and liquid dish detergent, dunked the wool, shaped it under water a bit, then finished shaping out of water (rolling between fingers), then put on a towel to dry. Did I do anything wrong? It doesn't seem that tight... Maybe I need to roll more with my fingers, or the water should be hotter?
10  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Learning as I go on: November 23, 2013 08:56:12 AM
Hello!

As I'm working on a chickadee, I realized I stabbed the wings in too deep on certain places, and rather than trying to layer more felt on top (I'd mixed two colours), I used a straight pin to gently lift the top layer to soften the look. It's all still firmly attached, but the top layer doesn't show stab marks, and the wings are all even now!

Just thought I'd share my experiment/discovery - if anyone thinks it's a bad idea please let me know! Smiley
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