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11  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Lake Elmo Sheep and Wool Festival on: April 09, 2007 04:00:49 AM
Is anyone else planning to attend? http://www.shepherdsharvestfestival.org/index.htm

My husband and I are planning on driving down from Bemidji on Fri May 11 and hitting the festival Sat May 12.  Taking the naalbining class Sat morning and checking out venders goods and wares in the afternoon.  We will need to leave about 4-5 pm Sat to get back to our farm.  Still it is great to even get this little time to get out to the festival.

If any Craftsters are going, it would be super to meet you.
12  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Wet felted Crescent necklace on: March 09, 2007 07:16:09 AM
Got Jorie Johnson's book Feltmaking and Wool Magic a few weeks ago.  Tried out the crescent pendent from pages 30-32.  The cord used was different and not slippery so was not able to push the wool to the middle of the cord when felting it over the cord.  Thus my crescent is much longer and maybe more like a boomerang than a crescent roll.  Still it was much fun and fun to wear.  Here it is-
and wears like this

13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Fiber Class and Fiber Market Gigantic Tote Bag on: March 03, 2007 02:23:45 PM
The last time a friend and I took a wet felting class it took two regular totes to hold all the fiber and other stuff needed for the class.  Plus- it would be really neat to have a gigantic bag to store purchases from many vendors at Sheep and Wool Festivals.

Sounds simple enough, just make a big bag...... of course persnickety me set some requirements for the bag:  BIG to carry bulky light weight stuff. Sturdy bottom yet light weight overall.  Able to fold into a small area for  packing or to carry around before filling with purchases when at fiber market.  Embellished in some way.

Here is the result - rolled up for going to market

in action - filled with felt making stuff and hung on a shoulder

reinforced and colorful flat base

embellished with large leaf applique - freemotion machine embroidered and edged with vintage rick rack - always like to get a little something vintage in each piece Smiley

Sturdy lightweight  nylon straps,  with vintage rickrack for pizzazz.

Mouth edge is finished with  a narrow band of binding and 5 rows of channel stitching - for stiffness and strength. Snaps to  keep it closed.

The main body of the bag is a light weight onasburg cotton fabric.  French seams = no raw guts.

Comments appreciated and Questions always welcome, should any one desire more info. 

Thanks for looking.
14  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Wet felting - beads on a rope - jewelry on: March 01, 2007 02:35:41 PM
This must be the time of year for felting jewelry.  In this one combined beads and a rope - wear in a variety of ways.  I did sew the beads onto the wool rope - but did hide the stitching so it is invisible. Smiley  I think this is an original variation of felt rope necklaces - at least I have not seen any quite like this.  Though it is pretty simple so someone else may have done similar.

15  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Cherry Pins - wet felt, needle felt & laminate felt on: February 22, 2007 10:56:00 AM
Thinking spring, hoping and wishing - came up with these cheery cherries

They wear like so-

Wet felted red balls

Needle felted the indentations

leaves are roving punched into commercial wool felt and that leaf was punched into fulled woolen fabric to make a nice stiff leaf (used the embellisher - needle punch machine for the fabric to fabric punching)

Am feeling mighty clever with using so many felting styles in such a small project.  Grin

Hope you enjoy it too!  Thanks for looking
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Needle work Set - Pin cushion, needle book, sissor case, emery on: February 12, 2007 07:00:51 AM
While helping a 9 year old boy with sewing projects for 4H came up with this idea for a needle work set.  "Sew on Target" using an archery target and camo fabric for a substanchial set.  Made from fulled woolen fabric (aka boiled wool or woven felt) - all scraps from a local woolen mill.  Obtained for 50cents a pound, then fulled at home.
The Set:

Hefty needle book: is about 4inches by 5.5 inches

inside pages are softer fulled shirting wool

A pouch for beeswax or thread conditioner with a hand made emery arrowhead for needle sharpening.

A sissor's case with tassel and leather neck cord, wooden bead for neck length adjustment

And finally the pincushion

Made these to test out the patterns and am really enjoying them. Hope you do too.
Thanks for looking.
17  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Felting content in Craftopedia on: February 06, 2007 06:14:28 AM
Hey Craftsters!  have you visited the newest Craftster feature -- drum roll--    The Craftopedia

There is a start on felt making - it needs revisions, additions.

Check it out, see what you think and help work on it.

Questions about the mechanics/how to edit it etc see this introductory topic from Leah.  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=150050.0

18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Its raining buttons Cloud Wall Hanging on: January 10, 2007 01:13:09 PM
Thinking of ways to use vintage buttons in an atypical display- came up with these
Cloud - of wool felt, salvaged sweater, free-motion stitching, new beads and lots of buttons for raindrops.

And to balance the rain shower - a sun with button rays and rickrack.  Added a bit of wool roving to the sun face with the embellisher then free-motioned stitched with gold metalic thread.

They hang from monofilament fishing line.

Comments and questions always welcome. Thanks for looking.
19  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Felted bead Necklaces in the Pink on: January 08, 2007 05:58:35 AM
Am on a roll  Wink with felted beads - hear are some necklaces with merino beads, wet felted - combined with vintage beads salvaged from broken necklaces.

Thanks for looking.
20  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Wet felted dreadlocks and beads - new photos of beads into necklace on: December 22, 2006 02:02:56 PM
Finally, finally moved beyond soap in wet felting. Here are my first dreads and beads. Wheee Haaaaaa it feels so good.  I am so proud to have moved on..... a few more of these and will try the thick flat mat.  Thanks Jane Doe for your patience, somehow my fear of wet felting has decreased and it just felt (he he) like time to tackle these.  Grin

added Jan 3, 2007 made the beads into a necklace and cell phone charms

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