I made this for the Zombies Are Love swap. I just embroidered the the brain (freehanded it) onto a piece of commercial felt (of course it had to be green). I stuffed it with some polyfill to make it 3-D, which makes it a dandy pincushion. It's on a sequined elastic wristband, which you can't really see. I had originally intended it as a pincushion, but as I was making it I was thinking that I'd definitely wear it to go out. I guess it's up to my swap partner to decide!
I forgot that the shrinky dinks were going to be mirror images when they were done, so they're backwards. Doesn't matter for some, looks odd for others. There are intestines, hearts, brains, kidneys, severed hands & feet, and zombie heads.
I really like making these. Someday they'll all grow up to be jewelry. I think the ones on the right are still a bit damp in the middle. I'm hoping the peacock blue will brighten up a little when it's completely dry.
As you can see, I used too much pressure too soon when I was rolling the red and black ones, and got a "wrinkle".
And a felted soap! It's mandarin orange scented, but I put a cherry on it anyway. lol Not quite dry, so you can still see some suds. The cherries are still kind of 3-D and rounded. I'm interested to see what will happen to them as it gets used.
I dreamed up this necklace awhile ago, and finally got around to making it. The beads are wet felted, the rose is needle felted. I think I'm going to make some more beads so that I can lengthen it a bit, though. (Sorry for the bad lighting. My laptop is broken, so I don't have any photo editing software to tweak the pictures.) The leaf is green. I think it looks almost black here. Underexposed
A very simple leaf pin. I'm usually more inspired by chrome, formica, monster movies, stuff like that, so I was a little surprised when I made this. I needle felted it, then wet felted it to finish it, which gave it that great crinkly edge.
And finally my rose pin. It's needle felted in lime green with a black leaf (to match a pair of earrings I had custom made). It's pretty big, roughly 3.5 or 4 inches wide. Actually my second attempt. I tried making a wet felted one, but I wasn't completely happy with how it turned out. The petals are a little fuzzy, but I like the texture.
I just got a bunch of these great ring findings and this is my first experiment. The skull is shrink plastic. I thought that colouring it white would get too muddy with all the detail, so I painted the back white after it was baked. It made a really weird effect - if you look closely in the second picture, you can see that the details coloured on the front cast shadows on the white background. Then I decided it needed a little something extra, which to me always means red glitter.
I had been looking for a red spaghetti swag lamp for months. When I saw this one at a thrift shop, I decided that it was close enough and bought it without really giving it much thought. When I got it home I realised that it really doesn't match anything in my house. (I know the couch and afghan look a little orangey here, but they're red.)
I wasn't sure what to do with it. I thought about spray painting it, but I figured that would turn out horribly. Then I found some spray paint that's meant to simulate stained glass. and it was on sale. I figured it was worth a shot. The lamp wasn't much good to me as it was.
I have to say, I'm delighted with the result:
And lit up, just to show that the colour is actually pretty even.
The finish was ruined on the metal parts so I decided to paint them black. The paint I had was flat finish, so it shows every little scratch and bump on the metal. But then, nobody's going to see it when it's hung up.
No, there's no actual fur involved. It's just styled like a vintage fur collar.
I found this pattern on Caron.com a couple of months ago and fell in love with it. I've been searching for the right yarn ever since, and finally found some on ebay. I checked the gauge (which I seldom do, to be perfectly honest) and it was perfect when I used needles 0.5mm smaller than the pattern called for. Still, it came out huuuuge!
I kind of like it. The size makes it look less like a collar and more like a scarf or a shawl, though.
It's knit in stockinette stitch with crocheted edging. It wasn't the most thrilling knit ever, good for watching tv. Took me the better part of a sleepless night. I used Caron Bliss (appropriately named) in Ruby (the fluorescent lights make it look quite orange). I loved knitting with this stuff, and I'm going to love wearing it. It's sooo soft. I'm glad I didn't settle for another yarn. I've still got about a skein and a half left to play with, too.
My mom visited an alpaca farm while she was on holiday this summer and brought me back some fibers for spinning. The alpaca was lovely to spin. She also brought me some wool. All that was marked on the bag it came in was "100% wool. Washed." so I have no idea what breed of sheep it's from or anything. I carded some and tried to spin it and... well, I've never spun steel wool, but I would imagine that it'd be something like that. I figured the texture would be fun to felt and play around with...
And it sure makes a cute, fuzzy little sheep. (if I do say so myself)
He has ears that you can barely see. I decided against giving him eyes. It seemed like only dark ones would suit him and you wouldn't really be able to see him. He can actually stand up on his own, which surprised me.
One of them slipped and I wound up with about a 3/4" deep puncture wound in my finger.
dang! Sorry to hear about your wounds
but I don't think your rose is a failure I quite like it!
I'd wear it as a pin or in my hair
Thanks. It was a learning experience in many different ways. lol "Don't make sharp things sharper" should be obvious, but apparently not for me. The flower's not so bad, it just didn't turn out like I had pictured it. I always find that disappointing. You've probably heard me say that before, though.
Your swirly felt jewelry looks amazing. It would go with any kind of clothing; casual because it's not covered in rhinestones or anything, and formal because designer jewelry is just cool. (I'm also partial to neon green and black 'alien colors'.) You make me want to learn how to felt (and this rocks).
How did you get the headpins to not slip out of the earrings?
Thanks so much. Felting is so much fun. I usually warn people that it's totally addictive, though. The beads are felted tightly enough that they don't seem to want to slip off at all.
I wanted to make a bracelet too, but I was a couple of beads short so I decided to make some more. As I was layering the roving, I thought I had used too much green. You can imagine my surprise when I cut them and discovered ....
much less green than the first lot. It's like an adventure. They're actually the same colour, it's just bad lighting. I like the weird lopsided swirls. And my bracelet on the right. (with obligatory eyeball.)