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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Sleeping animals are the cutest on: November 13, 2006 05:03:08 PM
Proof that my felting needles aren't rusting.  These little cuties are now on their way to Canada.



The kitten is modeled after my new little girl.  She's less tolerant of her copies than my older guy is, she started attacking it as it went in the box.  It made it through though!
2  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / English Spotted Rabbit on: May 12, 2006 01:05:57 PM
I made this little guy recently for a swap, he's living with Loves2experiment now, and I thought everyone on the felting board would enjoy seeing him.  No wire in this guy.





I realized that I don't actually know that much about rabbit anatomy, next time...
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Tree swap 2nd Round, The Real Deal Gallery on: May 03, 2006 05:58:37 AM
Okay everybody, post your fabulous crafts here.  Remember sendouts are due by May 12.

Original thread is here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=88733.0

-People I know will be sending late in purple
-People who have sent in green
-People who have received in orange
-Possible flakers in red - please don't make me use this color

licalee ----- lexbean
jesssf ----- sissychrissy1
geek_patrol ---- TessTessi
lamamarco ---- tenika
mikalalovecupcakes ---- magpie-eyes
Jane Doe ---- memtree
janer ---- minouette
radal16 ---- janer
4  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Gallery for Felt A Long #6, felting with wire on: April 30, 2006 08:21:38 AM
Please post your fabulous completed projects here.  Remember, as with all the felt a longs, there is no deadline.  If you post in here a year from now that is A-Okay.  Can't wait to see your little birds or bugs or whatever you choose to make.

Details for the Felt A Long can be found here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=92720.0
5  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Felt A Long # 6 -Felting with Wire on: April 30, 2006 08:18:53 AM
As said by the title, Felt A Long #6 is about needle felting with wire.  You have two choices:

1. Use wire only as appendages, you can follow my tutorial for using wire as bird legs or I also envision that technique working for making bug legs.  The songbird tutorial is here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=84729.0

2. Use an entire wire armature.  This technique is useful  when you want to make something posable, tall, or with skinny appendages.  A good tutorial is offered by Purely Neysa online here:
http://www.purelyneysa.com/felting/instructions/needle_felting_inst01.htm 

Examples of critters needle felted with wire:
1. The incredible Singe: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=76818.0
2. A little guy by Radish Spirit: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=79980.0
3. My whitetail deer: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=61478.0

-if you have posted something made with a wire armature and want me to put a link up, please let me know.

This thread is going to be for questions and works in progress- please post finished projects in the gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=92721.0

I'm going to start this off with my wire armature for a horse.  I'm using 18 gauge wire.  Personally I wouldn't recommend veering too far from this gauge.  Much smaller and the wire is really brittle and will break if people try to change the poses too much.  Much bigger and the wire is too stiff to work with easily and is really hard to needle around.  Though if you're making a really big project (involving feet, not inches), you're going to want a thicker gauge...

* Make sure to bend in all cut ends of the wire.  They'll poke through the felt and could pose a hazard.

Here is a picture of the armature I made- it's hard to take pictures of wire...


I'll be posting more in progress pictures as the month goes on.  Happy felting!
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 addition of new non-Craftster tutorial with photos and guidelines of building and armature and felting over it
http://www.bearsandbuds.com/hookedonfelting0906.asp and http://www.bearsandbuds.com/BB-HookedOnFelting3.asp

6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Tree Swap 2nd Round- The Real Deal (Sign Ups CLOSED, Mail by 5/12) on: April 07, 2006 05:35:30 AM
Swap name: Tree Swap 2nd Round
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Radal16
Sign-up date range: April 7, 2006- April 15, 2006
Date to send item by: May 12, 2006

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): Nope

Non-U.S. participants allowed? Yes
All ages allowed? Or 18+? All ages allowed

Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders"
list and will not allow those members to participate: YES, I will be checking your profiles, dum dum dummmm

Organizer meets the 4 conditions for swapping and will make sure that every participant meets these conditions: YES

Details of swap: The second Tree Swap is dedicated to the majesty of trees.  Their beauty, their fruitfulness, how they sustain us... we just love trees!



If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap:
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of your country?:
Favorite style- Abstract/Realistic/Cutesy:
Favorite type of trees:
The kind of things you make:
The kind of things you'd like to receive:
What you DON'T want to receive:
Random things you'd like your partner to know:

IMPORTANT- because no one wants an allergy attack when they get their package:
Do you smoke or mind receiving from a smoker?
Do you have pets or pet allergies?
Any other allergies your partner should know about?

Please remember that nobody likes a flaker, I'm leaving a really long time to craft here so there's no excuse.  If you think there is any chance you might flake, PLEASE don't sign up.

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

Gallery for the first swap: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=78663.0

Tree Swap inspiration gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=76077.0


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

AFTER PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP AND BEEN APPROVED, LIST THE PARTICIPANTS HERE AND WHO IS SENDING TO WHOM:

magpie_eyes
janer
geek_patrol
lamamarco
minouette
Jane Doe
sissychrissy1
TessTessi
memtree
tenika
lexbean
licalee
jesssf
mikalalovescupcakes
7  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Another onlline tutorial- How to needlefelt a humanoid doll on: March 21, 2006 06:16:42 AM
Humanoid is my word...

Anyway, follow the link to the tute
http://www.blacksheepdesigns.com/felting_instructions.htm

There is also a gallery that you can get to if you click the "Home" button, dolls and vessels and such.
8  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Tutorial: Making a Songbird on: March 15, 2006 12:36:14 PM
It was suggested that it would be really nice of me to make a tutorial on how to make a songbird.  The following is my attempt.  Please let me know if I need to clarify things or give more directions- this is my first tute so bear with...

1. Make the legs.  I used 18 gauge wire and cute little needle-nosed pliers


2. Make the basic body shape.  For this I made the base out of white wool and covered it with yellow corriedale.  You could also leave it like this and make a chick.


3. Make the tail separately, attach it after you've firmed it up a little.  The shape is going to depend on the type of bird.


4. Make the wings.  For this I just use a glob of wool and needle it into shape as I go.


5. Make the beak.  Take a small amount of roving and roll it into a cone, needle firm.  For me this is the hardest part because I stab the heck out of myself.


6. Add the beak and start adding the surface details.


7. Cover the legs.  Ideally you would use yarn but comes out I didn't have the right color.  So I had to wrap roving around the wire and then wet felt it.


Here he is in his natural habitat


Viola, a goldfinch!  Sorry the pictures aren't that hot, the lighting in my apartment is the pits.  I'd like to see your birds if you try this- realistic or fantasy- so please add on if you like.
9  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Chickadee dee dee! on: February 12, 2006 07:27:37 AM
So most of you know by now that I have a cat.  For his entertainment while we're away we put a bird feeder outside the window next to his cat-tree.  It's most frequent patrons are chickadees, so I got inspired. 
His legs are wire wrapped in yarn.



10  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Felting blunders, mishaps, and how did that happen??? on: February 03, 2006 05:36:49 PM
Here's the felting mishaps thread, as a prep for this month's flat-felt-along...  Post here the things that didn't work and give hope to others...

I'll get it started:

1.  First try at the pillow I made for Craftyzary.  Notice the giant hole, combination of too little wool and whacking the crap out of it before it had fulled enough.  I'm going to cut it into cat toys I think...


2. First try at seamless felting as inspired by the book Simply Felt.  Supposed to be mittens, but didn't work too well.  Notice the lack of thumb space, the giant gaping holes on the sides (which you can't see), and the really nasty color.  Maybe I'll stuff them and turn them into hot pads.


3. A Rotty gone wrong.  I know that some of you may think it's cute but I'm not too pleased with it.  First mistake was trying polyester batting as the core- no good it doesn't felt firm enough.  I wanted the head to look up but it won't, bummer.  Second mistake, the brown is alpaca, which would be fine if I didn't accidentally use guard hairs, which are somewhere around a foot long... (not really, but close)


Anyway, enjoy my mishaps.  Can't wait to see all of yours!
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