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Topic: Pods and Pollen Needle Felted Necklace  (Read 2472 times)
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« on: July 19, 2012 08:19:16 AM »



I have been very busy putting together some new classes. I started out working on a needle felted earrings class and ended up taking the earring ideas and putting together this necklace prototype. There were numerous different challenges, but probably the most difficult was sewing all the pods and pollen together! I'm more or less pleased, but I may end up adding a couple small bits to fill in some gaps.

Hope everyone is staying cool! It has been so hot here that I have not been able to be as productive as I would like. I'd work for a while and then have to retreat from my craft room to some place cooler. Fortunately we had rain yesterday and again today which has brought down the temperatures to a far more tolerable level.

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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2012 08:22:39 AM »

I wish I could touch this.  TBH, I wish I could touch all the things you make, they looks so beautiful, and so soft.  Beautiful work!
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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2012 09:02:21 AM »

Just beautiful, as always!
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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2012 10:56:40 AM »

Stunning work!

The colors blend together so well...and the bead details are just perfect...
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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2012 03:03:46 PM »

Just beautiful. The subtle colors mix and look so delicate.  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2012 09:16:15 AM »

You are "more or less happy" with this?  It is A-maz-ing!  I needle felt, but nothing of this caliber.  Stay cool.
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« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2012 04:09:56 AM »

THANKS!!!  Cheesy  Cheesy

I love working with Merino! It does take more work to felt than some other fibers, but it produces such a lovely finish! The necklace is soft, but firm.

Lately I have been paying attention to the differences in the sound the fiber makes as the firmness increases. It's interesting! I'm always testing the firmness by touch, but it is getting to the point that I can tell by sound.

I'm always very critical of my work so "more or less happy" is actually pretty positive. It means I still see ways that I can improve on what I did, but have reached the point where this particular project is done. Quite often when I finish a project (needle felting or painting) what is foremost in my own mind is what I did NOT accomplish. It usually takes me a while before I can objectively see what I DID accomplish.

Originally I wanted to have some movement in the pods, but as I started putting the piece together (and sewing pods together is a real pain) it seemed better for the stability of the necklace to eliminate movement. I may experiment some more to see if movement is at all possible. Movement increases wear and tear so may not actually add anything to the whole.
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« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2012 06:57:39 AM »

I've been so busy working on this pod and pollen class - just about everything I have done has been related to it in one way or another.

Re-did the necklace from scratch to photo all the steps involved so this is version 2 on the same theme:



I think I do prefer the more "vine-like" embellishments on these tapers.
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« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2012 07:51:43 AM »

Version 2 is just as beautiful...I also love the vines...but my favorite are the little round ones with the bead danglies!

Beautiful...
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« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2012 04:21:30 AM »

Thanks!! =^..^=

All the pods and pollens are interesting to make. There are so many variations possible! My sister-in-law wants me to do a variation of the necklace in wine and rust colors featuring pomegranites. If I can find the time, I might do that! Glad to have this class done. Hoping to do a painting next and take a small break from needle felting.
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« Reply #10 on: December 31, 2012 11:47:46 PM »

Stunningly gorgeous !
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« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2013 01:21:34 AM »

Gorgeous! I love the colour palette and incorporation of beads. Do you wet felt or just needle felt? I've recently started needle felting more and find it so therapeutic. Smiley Would love to see a website if you have one.
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« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2013 12:01:50 PM »

Thanks very much!!  Cheesy

This is just needle felted as is most of my work. I've done very little wet felting.
 
I really like the control that I have when needle felting - I know for some things it's probably more time consuming, but I think the effort is worthwhile.

There are links in my signature to my flickr stream and such. We're planning on renovating my own website soon and finally include my needle felting work. Currently it is just devoted to my paintings.
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