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« on: January 25, 2009 01:03:56 PM »

Hi!  My new obsession is needle felting.  I made this for mamarose22 for the OTT (One Tiny Thing) swap.  I had fun making this and loved the way it came out.

criteria for this swap was that the items had to be within 4x4x4 inches.  Which is why I had to get creative with the stem:




Just wondering for my future reference, how do some get such a smooth finish on their needle felted objects?  And I only poked myself twice!!  Darn those needles are sharp!

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2009 01:25:22 PM »

I have no suggestions because I don't know how to do this but I just had to tell you how LOVELY this was. It's just great. I saw it on the OTT thread but, truly, just wonderful!
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« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2009 01:28:32 PM »

So soft and pretty looking - and I think the fuzzy finish just adds to the softness, since rose petals are so soft (not that I'd know how to get it smooth).  Really beautiful! 
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« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2009 01:54:36 PM »

Maybe they wet felt it to finish it. But it's gorgeous as is.
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« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2009 02:16:13 PM »

The way to get a great smooth finish in needle felting is to use a razor.  All you need are those cheap disposable razors from the store.  Just use it like you would use a razor on any part of your body.  It does create a pile of fuzzies, but it will give you that smooth finish.  There may be other ways to do this, but I picked this tip up from some place that I cannot remember.  Try it out because I'm sure you'll love it. 

Also,  I love that flower!  It's very beautiful. 
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« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2009 03:45:28 PM »

 Shocked whoa... I don't really know what needle felting is exactly... but that's amazing!  Great work!
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« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2009 09:46:07 PM »

freaking great flower! Im just starting out with needle felting too. You did way better than I did.
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« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2009 06:02:31 PM »

Beautifully made.  Smiley
And I like how you were able to layer the colors well.

About a smooth finish - there are different sized felting needles. Coarse to fine.
With a really detailed project, people start with the coarse needles, and finish off with the fine needles.
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« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2009 06:55:14 PM »

Thanks everyone for the wonderfully kind comments. 

I did purchase the '40' sized needles and my second project came out a lot nicer.  Although, it's rounder, so I didn't have the issues with the fiber stuck in the pad.  The needles did finish it up nicely.

I can't post pics of my second item yet as it is for a swap partner and I don't know how sneaky she is!!!   Wink
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« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2009 06:58:21 PM »

This is wonderful! And especially so since it is your first project. Lift your project every so often to keep the fibers from sticking to the pad. You'll get a feel for how often you need to lift and you'll spent less time repairing what you could have prevented.
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