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« on: August 25, 2005 05:28:42 AM »

meet irkle, my first attempt at needle felting:

he has a crazy fuzzy aura, do any of you know how to reduce this - or is this normal? Maybe its the kind of wool I used, I seriously know nothing about felting

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« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2005 06:07:40 AM »

He's so cool! I don't know anything about needle felting so I can't help with your question but I am really impressed with your first attempt!
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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2005 06:41:41 AM »

awww i see him now! i think that the fuzzies are cute.

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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2005 07:52:45 AM »

yes there is a way to make the fuzzies go, but it involves wet felting. basically you'd have to take irkle and massage the felt with a warm water/liquid soap concoction. you massage the soap and water into the wool until it begins to feel hard, ie. felted. then you leave irkle to dry for a day or so, and then rinse him out. when he's dry, the fibers will be more compact and eliminate the fuzz. these probably aren't the greatest instructions, i'm fairly new to felting myself, and i found the above technique through a book i bought. needle felting has to be the most addictive pastime ever! Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2005 08:41:48 AM »

hmm... thanks for the advice, I thought wet felting might be the way to go - I've felted knitted things like that -
I think I kind of like him fuzzy but i might make more, maybe I'll try that then Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2005 10:47:34 AM »

i like him fuzzy better too
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« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2005 10:55:37 AM »

you could just needle felt him more too. or just cut off excess fibers, if you want. (it looks loke it must have been really fine wool.)
awesome!!
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« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2005 11:05:20 AM »

I LOVE THE FUZZIES!!!!  I think Irkle is spectacular!
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« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2005 04:49:32 AM »

Serendipity is great!  Your soft fuzzy irkle is joyful.  He may shrink and would probably get a firmer crusty skin if you give him a bath-- aka wet felt him. 

Here is what I've figure out in brief:

Different breeds of sheep mean different fleece - some felt firmly and easily, some felt poorly - depends on  scale quality of  the fiber strands.  In addition the  processing of the fleece makes a difference.  Superwash is treated so the scales are smoothed on the hair shafts - to keep it from shrinking when washed.  And the type of fiber -- Batt in my experience felts faster than roving or top.  Some times if the fiber is not felting well, mixing it with a known "good" felting" fiber will help.

Size and newness of needle can also make a difference.  The coarser the needle and more aggressive the barbs the faster the felting.   It can help to start with a 36 or 38, then finish with a 40.  The coarser needles can leave evidence of poke holes.

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« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2005 05:13:57 AM »

He is really cool!  I really like him  Grin Good job!
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