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« on: April 13, 2012 07:15:22 AM »

These are the first needle felted things I've made - just playing around and getting to know what I'm doing - constructive criticism more than welcome Smiley (and I'm sure they'll be plenty!)

A black hooded rat modelled after my own pet (although with artisic license as she doesnt have complete stripe down back)



A heart for my fiance



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« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2012 07:47:45 AM »

I love that you felted (for) your loved ones Smiley  They look really good for a first try.  With the tail (or anything long and skinny really)  I usually give it a final bit of wet felting, just to smooth it a bit.  Just take a spray bottle of hot soapy water (or run the tap water hot over your hands, and put a small drop of soap on your hands, leaving them wet) and roll the tail back and forth.  you'll need to rinse out the soap, and you can do this with cold.  You'll need to wait for it to dry before attaching it though.  Wet wool doesn't needle felt well.  Keep it up!!
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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2012 10:42:24 AM »

Your rat looks great. How big is it?   Pretty heart too.

And Belladune - thanks for the tip!
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« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2012 11:47:01 AM »

Belladune thats a fab tip - thank you! I did wonder how to smooth it out more!


trekky here's a crap photo of it next to a lense cap so you can get an idea of size Smiley



is it ok to ask questions here?
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« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2012 01:20:42 PM »

you bet it's okay to ask questions here!  If you have another not related to this project question, you can always post in the discussion and question board for felting too.
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« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2012 03:14:21 PM »

Lol I feel guilty if I open too many posts - my question is, I start off with bigger needle and finish with smaller one - but seem to have lots of needle holes left - how do I get rid of them?
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« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2012 04:16:35 PM »

nah, don't feel bad opening posts! I have 3 guages of needles, going from biggest to smallest.  It's been a while since I've needle felted, but If I remember right I usually go at my piece with the smallest needle at a  60-90` angle, instead of right up and down into the wool.  (does that make sense?) Mayeb if I word it this way it will make sense if that didn't.  instead of going at the wool perpendicular,go at it parralelle?  or Instead of vertically, go horizontally?  Does any of that make sense? lol
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« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2012 04:30:08 PM »

makes perfect sense thank you - will try that Smiley
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