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sheepishxlion
« on: May 29, 2007 10:35:53 PM »

Hi guys. This is my first time posting a project I'd been admiring and complimenting everyones work for some time now. Awhile ago I visited a craft school and they had a fiber program. In the gallery I saw all these beautiful felted projects and I fell in love and said, "I WANT TO DO THAT!" So of course I came home and looked on craftster. I was so inspired by all of your wonderful things that I had to give it a try. I haven't done much yet and it's all been wet felting. (I did buy felting needles but heh silly me forgot to buy any foam!)  

My first project was to make a wet felt bead. I turned it into a necklace.



A close up of it:



Then I decided to mix colors and make a beaded bracelet:


I loved the colors but I felt like the beads were too big and swallowed my wrist. So I made a bangle:



Do you guys have any tips, advice, opinions? I really want to make a wetfelt scarf but I'm too scared to try something that big yet.
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« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2007 12:17:30 AM »

Great job! Your first bead looks really good. The dark spots with white in them makes it really interesting. Are the white beads?

 The only think I can say is 'don't be afraid'. But I don't know if I can say that since I felt mittens and hats and things, but still are afraid of wetfelting beads Wink
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« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2007 04:31:29 AM »

Both your bangle and beads look great!
Theres no creases or bumps, and you've got a good eye for color.
You're doing great so far - so why stop now?

Go for it sheepishxlion
I think you'll soar  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2007 06:04:46 AM »

Pretty! I've been interested in learning how to get into this. What was your estimate of time spent on these projects?

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« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2007 12:46:10 PM »

What fun first pieces.  You have the touch.  Dots on a wet felted piece - that is top notch!
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« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2007 10:05:32 PM »

Thanks everyone for your compliments. And yes those are little white beads. They actually got around to the back too you just see the front. I tried using a macro lens so it wouldn't look so blurry but it turned out blurry all the same.



Pretty! I've been interested in learning how to get into this. What was your estimate of time spent on these projects?



OK as far as time spent... I have a small attention span. So I usually do 5 beads or so at a time. And it takes 2 to 5 min. per bead. Then I set it off to dry. I wait a day or two to let them dry. I haven't done anything in just one sitting. So adding the fixin' and what not usually comes later. The bangle probably took me like 5 mins or so? It's takes longer than regular beads, but faster than knitting? Does that help?
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« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2007 10:11:18 PM »

Very cute!
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« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2007 03:55:48 AM »

Wow! that is fast felting.  May be the wool it self, softness of the bead or the size.  What type wool are you using? Are yours soft and squishable?   It usually takes me about 30 minutes per bead of about a 3/4 inch diameter out of mixed breed batt core and merino outside for a firm non-squish bead that is still soft enough to get a needle through to string.

Drying time is similar.  And the rolling a few in one sitting, getting a bunch over a week or so and then styling the necklace, etc. in one or two settings.

There seem to be almost as many approaches and styles to felting as there are felters. Smiley  Part of what makes it so much fun.
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« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2007 11:09:26 AM »

Wow! that is fast felting.  May be the wool it self, softness of the bead or the size.  What type wool are you using? Are yours soft and squishable?   It usually takes me about 30 minutes per bead of about a 3/4 inch diameter out of mixed breed batt core and merino outside for a firm non-squish bead that is still soft enough to get a needle through to string.



I don't know what type of wool. I bought a package at hobby lobby that said a 100% wool "perfect for felting". It doesn't list what type of wool. the size is about the size of a nickle. (except the big red one... and I can't remember how long that one took.) Mine are soft and squishable, but still difficult to put a pin through, but that could be because there isn't a point in a pin?. Maybe I'm not letting mine felt enough?

I have a book that says to do a bunch at one time to roll the wool into balls then put them in a nylon stocking and put them in the washer to felt it that way. Haven't tried it, so can't vouch for this method.

Also this is the best tutorial i've seen: http://www.knitty.com/issuewinter06/FEATfeltedbeads.html
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« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2007 01:42:40 PM »

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Mine are soft and squishable, but still difficult to put a pin through, but that could be because there isn't a point in a pin?. Maybe I'm not letting mine felt enough?

Yep, the point in a big darning needle, doll needle or upholstery  works well and the large diameter needle makes a tract through the bead - making it easier to insert a pin, wire, or pull thread or beading line through the bead.

Generally the wool in the bags at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, etc is mixed breeds. 

The neat thing about the felting is that each of us stops when we get to the desired softness or firmness desired for the project.  So you are not doing anything wrong - the amount of time from start to finish simply depends on a number of variables - desired firmness level being one.

Generally the more firmly felted the less pilling and catching or fraying of the surface over time with wear/use. 

For key chain fobs one might felt beads more firmly than for a necklace.



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