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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Late entry so no votes, just sharing on: December 22, 2011 04:11:00 AM
Have been out of touch for some time and just found the challenge (thank you facebook!)

Made some ornaments this season so am simply sharing them here as they fit the challenge theme.  (If not OK, just move them out.)

These were worked up to use in a basic needle felting class.  Something that might be completed in a few hours, yet introduce people to use of needle, roving, and punching into a base fabric.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Girl Pilgrim Cap and Apron on: November 25, 2008 07:12:41 AM

Have been looking for a good Thanksgiving Dress Up to do this month. There are several how tos on line for hats for both boys and girls, but nothing on aprons (that I found anyway.) Tried out several hat DIYs and refined this one  http://familycrafts.about.com/library/projects/blthpilgrglhat.htm -

Came up with the apron based on a party apron my youngest sister's Grandmother in -law used to make 30 some years ago. Mimi is long gone, but her craftyness was remembered.

For the apron: Mimi did this with printed cocktail napkins on point and colorful ribbon - but for Pilgrim Apron did this:

1. Cut 1 1/2 yard of ribbon or twill tape

2. Find the centers, place center of ribbon on center of one side of napkin.

3. sew in place, or glue or tape

If sewing in place,  use 3 to 5 layers of napkins, then when the top napkin get soiled, gently tear it off and the apron is clean again.

Here is a brief overview for creating the cap:

Start with a 15 inch by 18 inch piece of white paper (construction paper works well)

Fold a 2 t o3 inch cuff brim on one side, Mark inside of back, cut on lines, punch holes at circles in back sections; and through brim and cap on each front side.

Cut two 18 to 20 inch ties and one 6 to 9 inch tie from twill tape or ribbon
Lace ties through holes - back shown

Fold down top edges of back outer sections

ready to wear and enjoy - 

*if you like very specific tutes have a detailed step by step for the cap in a flickr album http://www.flickr.com/photos/glorioushats/sets/72157609674062013/

Thanks for looking and Wishing all a lovely day.

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Fiber Art Doll - talisman on: January 28, 2008 07:38:33 PM
Some time ago Teapotdnky crafted some wonderful polymer clay heads for me.  Am thrilled to report that one is now a complete doll.

This was created in Sharon Bs Take It Further Challenge

First I gathered spring tone wool felt and then looked at the available faces - this one in rich earth tones and leaf crown was so right for the doll so proceeded to create the body around the face.  Beaded the lower body with multi color, multi size, and leaf beads, made a collar of felt leaves and embroidery, framed the face with the red flower, the vine arms are wet felted roving over floral wire then shaped.

Thanks so much teapot! the head really makes this piece. 
4  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Chartreuse is the new neutral Wet felted Hat on: October 02, 2007 10:34:59 AM
Winter is coming to northern Minnesota, guess who is making hats again.  Gotta keep the ears warm.  Needle felted first then wet felted - just like in the tutorial in D&Q

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Hot Fuschia, Nalbinding and Kumihimo join hands on: June 22, 2007 07:37:32 PM
Small pouch. Lightly fulled nalbinding in fuschia wool yarn. Drawstrings created with kumihimo technique using perle cotton. Decorative bits of altered fabric hand stitched to the cords and pouch. Just fun. Hubby does the kumihimo, I do the nalbinding, altered fabric, and putting it all together.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Thread painted flower on headband on: May 26, 2007 02:55:18 PM
Thread painting on a print fabric is so fun.  Cut this flower off the fabric, fused it to wool felt and free motioned away.  Am pleased with the lightness of the flower and there is some ability to shape it because of the wool felt and stitching.  Was going to sew it directly to the headband, but changed it to a pin for more versatility.  The button center and beads are added by hand sewing. 

here is a bit of a back view - I rather like the red stitching on the white felt -  this is encouraging me to do some free form flowers on plain felt.  Somehow, am usually more secure filling in a fabric print. 

This is sort of a follow up to a previous topic in D&Q by Queen of the Savages http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=143283.0
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Small Pouch ancient knotting technique of Nalbinding - new photos added May 27 on: May 21, 2007 06:17:46 AM
What came before knitting, crochet - but probably after felt making?  Why nalbinding (Anglicized Scandinavian term - pronounced nall (rhymes with mall) - bin (like the container)- ding (like the little dent) also spelled: nlbinding, naalbinding

knotting thread/yarn using one chunky needle

here is step one - of a bag completed in the round.

After some fulling - but stopped before reaching felt stage because of wanting the stitches to show.

My first nalbinding project after learning the technique at a Sheep and Wool Festival a few weeks ago.  It is very fun - especially if one likes the more primitive craft forms.  Planning more projects plus exploring the history and techniques.

Thanks for looking.

links to another Craftster nalbinding topic
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=84590.0 - scarf shown - also has links to sites with how to info
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Kumihimo cords or braids - new photos added pg 2 May 27 on: May 14, 2007 01:48:19 PM
At a Sheep and wool festival this past weekend we picked up a small Kumihimo kit from a Weaver's Guild and have since completed three trial cords.  We went to learn nalbinding and are practicing that - but were fascinated by the Kumihimo and found it faster to learn.  Grin

The really neat thing here is that my husband got really enthused about the kumihimo- he remembers his grandfather making steel cords using a similar technique in the late 1940s.  So it peaked his interest and enthusiam.

The other thing is that while one can obtain very fancy and expensive stands to make kumihimo braids - it can also be done with a self cut form and perle cotton threads.

My goal is to make some fancy purse straps.

here are some other Craftster topics on this style of braiding:

Horace has kumihimo legs http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=136721.msg1344154#msg1344154

general discussion with links in several posts
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / A Story of Greed on: May 14, 2007 10:37:36 AM
Royalty with Attitude

A Story of Greed enacted in wool felt, silk, glass beads, vintage findings and various threads. 

Wicked Queen Royal T

has taken
Cameo Princess Captive

and will only use the key to open the cell if a treasure is produced.

On arrival of the

King's Ransom

the Wicked Queen Royal T parades around the chest

and finally satisfied uses the key to liberate the Captive Cameo Princess

Whether the Cameo Princess will leave the treasure or how she will get home to the kingdom remains a mystery.

A nebuluous End
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Swank 1940's style Black Silk Bag on: April 26, 2007 01:24:40 PM
Fashions of the 1940s are so classy.  Recently obtained this pattern.

and set out to make the purse.  It is cool as shown,
yet wanted to step it up  even more so added a hand sewn fabric flower using the polka dot lining fabric; vintage button center. 

Comments, reactions, thoughts - shared love of 1940s fashions all welcome.
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