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Topic: TINY anatomically correct heart, sushi, and felted purse with embroidery  (Read 2211 times)
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detritus
« on: July 27, 2007 09:00:25 PM »

I recently took part in the geek pride swap. (See the gallery here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=178195.0) I thought I'd post a few more details about how I made my felted projects here.


A super tiny anatomically correct heart pendant. I needle felted this out of several different shades of red that I hand dyed. The arteries were wet felted into "logs" and then attached by jabbing the ends repeatedly with needles to get them attached deep into the structure of the heart. Then I used a small dab of glue on the ends so that I could achieve a blunt end. I stabbed it with a bead pin so it could be used as a pendant. I'm particularly proud of this (see the quarter for scale?).


I needle felted the sushi pincushion with corriedale and merino roving. I even added some stripes of fat to the fish with a different color of roving this time around.



This purse is pretty small but was by far the most difficult thing for me. I hand dyed some corriedale roving with Jacquard acid dyes. It was my first time making fabric with wet felting techniques. In the end, I used a combination of wet and needle felting to firm everything up nicely. The strap is a forest green velvet ribbon. I designed the embroidered fern motif myself. The square bottom was created by sewing straight across the bottom and then folding the corners inside and sewing perpendicular to the bottom seam.
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thelovecats
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2007 09:29:02 PM »

I love the heart! Shocked
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LookingForOz
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2007 06:50:43 AM »

You did a great job with everything but I especially love that purse. I like the fern on it (I love things with leaves and nature) and the color. I thought at first that it was made out of a gorgeous piece of leather.

You must be so proud!
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corduroy cat
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2007 09:51:00 AM »

i agree that the purse is stunning! nice work and great that you even dye the roving yourself!
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detritus
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2007 12:49:30 PM »

Thank you! The purse was the first project I felted where I dyed the roving first. I'm still getting the hang of dyeing it without it felting in the water, but I love the subtle gradations in color you get when it's hand dyed.
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Cleverlilminx
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2007 06:40:58 AM »

The heart looks fantastic!!    Smiley
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Infinite Annie
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2007 10:36:10 PM »

Wow, super nice and inspiring work!  Thank you for sharing.  I'm completely enamored with your tiny heart.  I'm curious about how you made it into a pendant and what a bead pin is?
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« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2007 09:01:49 AM »

Awesome!!!! Detritus, you rock my tiny little felty world.  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2007 09:16:28 AM »

Very nice, my favourite is the sushi pin cushion!
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detritus
« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2007 10:02:37 PM »

Awe, thanks everyone! For the heart, I stabbed it with a big embroidery needle and then poked a bead pin through. Bead pins are basically just plain silver or nickel pins without pointy ends used to make pendants or other beaded dangly jewelry. After getting the position of the bead pin right, I clipped off the excess length and bent it into a circle so it could be threaded on a chain. Easy peasy!
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