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1  Re: Fiber Friday 3/23 in Spinning: Completed Projects by MysticSpiral on: March 23, 2007 10:48:16 AM
This is my first Fiber Friday post. My apologies that the photo is such crap. Our digicam is giving us fits so I used my phone.

I wrote about this in the discussion forums. I blended 2 shades of sage-green superwash merino with some natural cinnamon alpaca and then added some mylar threads to give it some sparkle. The end result is 75/25 superwash/alpaca in a beautiful sort of weathered bronze with a hint of flash. I'm thinking of using it to knit a mobius cowl of some sort. I just wish I had more patience. I have enough of the fiber to make several pounds of this blend but there's no way that I'm going to card it by hand with dog brushes.
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2  Re: Elephant Puppet With Two (3?) Kinds of Felt in Felting: Completed Projects by MysticSpiral on: February 15, 2007 05:33:11 AM
I love the combination of the different techniques. I've done quite a bit of needle felting at this point. I have a number of my daughter's garments that I've added felted details onto. I needle felted peacock feathers onto a commercial wool hat. I've needle felted abstract designs onto a ruana, a wool thrifted jacket and wool mufflers/scarves.

I made quite a few bears (and a couple versions of Cthulu), a couple of needle felted sugar skulls, a hummingbird and a few other items that I can't think of right now. I enjoyed making them but I have to admit that I prefer doing things that combine needle felting with other materials in different ways.

The fulled sweater provides me with a convenient and stretchy base for the puppets.
 


I particularly love the way that the pattern of the original knit becomes a significant part of the character of the finished item when you use fulled knits as a base to build from.
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3  Elephant Puppet With Two (3?) Kinds of Felt in Felting: Completed Projects by MysticSpiral on: February 13, 2007 09:21:21 PM
I've been meaning to post one of my puppets for a while but never seem to be able to sit down and take pictures.



I start these puppets with a sleeve from a felted sweater. I know that fulled knits aren't really topical, and I wouldn't post these here if it weren't for the fact that the felted sweater is simply a backdrop for the needle felting that I do to make eyes and other features. They really are the most important part of the project and are the focus of my work.

In this particular puppet, in addition to the needle felted eyes (and tongue which you can't see) I've wet felted tusks. I left loose fibers at the base of the tusk so that I could attach them to the puppet with needle felting and then stitched them in place to reinforce so that I wouldn't have to worry about my 2 1/2 year old daughter pulling them off when we play. (I needn't have worried, as much as she loves all of the puppets, for some reason this one doesn't grab her... or more accurately she doesn't grab it...)

Anyway. Thank you all so much for the information and inspiration. I would probably never have thought to wet felt the tusks were it not for this group and I'm not sure I would have known how to do it even if I'd thought of it.

Thank you all so much for everything that you share.
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4  needle felted Cthulhu in Felting: Completed Projects by MysticSpiral on: March 25, 2006 08:09:20 AM
I'm really pleased with the results of my experiments making needle felted Cthulhu sculptures.



I finished my second last night and will probably be making a few more over the next week or so to perfect the details for an article that I'm writing with instructions. I'll upate with pictures of the new one as soon as I get a chance to take some pictures.

I'd love to hear what people think of my little guy. He's made from some green roving that I got as part of a sampler pack with a drop spindle back when I thought that I'd like to learn to spin. I enjoyed him so much that I actually went and purchased a larger quantity of several different shades of marino to make more. I'm also thinking about purchasing some green Ingeo and trying that.
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