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« on: December 11, 2005 03:46:58 PM »

There was some talk about follow up felt a longs in the current  Felt Soap Wet felt along.  So thought a seperate topic to discuss what we might do would be good.

Do most of us like the ideas of:

1. Start a new felt a long each month

2.  Alternating  wet process one month and needle felting the next

3.  Start with simple projects - increase complexity with each succeeding project


If this looks good - one though for Jan 06 Needle Felt A Long might be hearts.  It could be a very simple shape like this one that is embellished with a button and beads and made into a lapel pin- it is about the size of a US quarter


more advanced folks could do more sculpturing, or add an initial in another color etc.

or is there a tutorial somewhere on line such as the lady bug at Mielke's Farm http://www.mielkesfarm.com/ladybug_dir.htm  that would be a fun simple project?

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« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2005 09:23:51 PM »

Wow.  Nice.  I am waiting for my "Candy Bag of Felt" from Mielke's Farm. 

What about pins in general?  Just a suggestion.  I really want to make flower pins or skull pins.  I have tried and tried to make flower pins to no avail.

I would love to eventually make a welt felt hand bag.

Just my 2 cents. 
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« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2005 05:08:50 AM »

i think something heart or valentine related would be nice for a january felt along. how much time are we allowing to work along and finish?  of course, i'm thinking i'd like to make an anatomically correct heart as opposed to the norm, just to challenge myself! janedoe made mention of a rug felt along at some point, which i'd be into as well.
we could also try cupid dolls or maybe a candy conversation heart with the words needled on in wool yarn?
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« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2005 06:35:52 AM »

Wow.  Nice.  I am waiting for my "Candy Bag of Felt" from Mielke's Farm. 

What about pins in general?  Just a suggestion.  I really want to make flower pins or skull pins.  I have tried and tried to make flower pins to no avail.

I would love to eventually make a welt felt hand bag.

Just my 2 cents. 

Every 2 cents is valid and important.  Thanks for bringing yours to the table!   Not being a wet felter yet, will need to wait for Jane Doe and other wet felt artists to join in on what items will be best to tackle to get increasing difficulty.  I'm thinking that some hats and handbags might use a similar resist method and I too hope to get to learning to use a resist  by June at least  Cheesy

Pins in general might be good - the lady bug at Mielke's tute could be made into a pin and of course you might needle a skull design on top of a heart  Grin

It is challenging to come up with a project that is broad enough to capture interest of a variety of people and yet still focus on a skill level.

Was thinking heart, because it has some shaping to it, round edges as well as a pointy tip and is open to a variety of ornamentation. 

Then of course Teamwang (and BTW, am so happy to see you TW-was just thinking this am that had not heard from you in a bit and was getting ready to pm you for a bit of Teamwang contact, when yeah! saw you had posted here- some days are really good).  But I digress - back to hearts....... then of course Teamwang brings up anatomical hearts.  Oh my!! 

Are you thinking a flat shape punched into a base fabric? or a 3D anatomical heart?  gurlzcanrock2 posted this stenciled heart bleeding music at http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=48735.0
It has been my thought to render this in roving on a long scarf for a musican nephew - have the heart drawn out and am working on a treble clef and a note.  Had pmed her to see if it was ok to use her design for that and she was fine with it.  We could just contact her again and see if she might want to join in here too if you all would like to try something like this.

Am thinking either punching a design or applique into a base fabric OR basic 3D fiber sculpting for needle felt 2 (March)

Needling into base fabric  would interest those who do fulled work (the knit or crocheted then wash to shrink items)  - the lettering and those wonderful cards like you did Teamwang could go here, or the applique like my Pig on a poke, or a stencil type design such as the  heart punched into base fabric

-----OR basic 3D fiber sculpting -  something like a flower, food, simple animal,  or other multi-level surface.    Depends on who chimes in and what they wish to do - but am thinking these two would be good second level needle felting projects - so do one first then the other - then move onto more detailed work - some of the detailed work (like hats and the chair) require both of these skills.

Follow those with  detailed sculpting with more complex figures or faces for the  4th needle felt.   

Hats or bags over a foam resist for the 5th. 

And onto covering a chair or other hard item after that. ---- that covers the whole year, WOW

If we alternate every other month wet and dry process it would go like this:
Wet felting - Dec 05, Feb 06, April, June, August, Oct, Dec
Needle felting - Jan06, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov

Jane Doe and I were thinking mostly to facilitate a way to bring new felters into the fold and to work on all of us expanding skill and learning from each other.  More advanced people or those with specific interests can also start other felt a longs.  If we start getting lots of felt a long activity we will ask Leah to open a Felting:  Felt a long child board.  We were just thinking that since felters  are a pretty small group,  the progressive level felt alongs might bring more people to the joy of felting.   Grin

The above draft for needle felting is just based on my knowledge and experience- there may well be other ways or better progressions or others with different NF skills - if so don't hesitate to jump in with your ideas and willingness to facilitate/lead  one of the felt a longs.

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« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2005 06:43:08 AM »

,,,, how much time are we allowing to work along and finish? ......

Good question.  We were just thinking of starting a new one each month - that way those working fast could move along; but the topic  would always be available so those working slower could stay or people finding the felting area for the first time could start at earlier levels.  Any of us who master the technique could pop in to help late starters if they get in trouble. 

But what do you think?  Does there need to be a finish time or limit?
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« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2005 08:37:06 AM »

I think keeping them open with no time limit is a good idea so anybody new to felting can jump in at any time. I'm so happy you guys are planning these. I've been buying fiber for my mostly failed attempts to learn to spin, but when I happened across the felt soap a-long I made one immediately since I had supplies on hand. I've done a tiny bit of needle felting as embellishment on bags I've knit, but nothing 3 dimensional. I'm really excited to have such a great resource to learn from.  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2005 08:47:32 AM »

If we alternate every other month wet and dry process it would go like this:
Wet felting - Dec 05, Feb 06, April, June, August, Oct, Dec
Needle felting - Jan06, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov

Today I am driving in to Nashville to get some Christmas shopping done and I'm also hoping to find some roving or top. I really love the idea of every month getting harder becuase then every month I would have a challenge. Wish me luck so I can come home and make some felted soaps! Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2005 10:07:15 AM »

*waves to graceoblivious
yeah i've been a bit quiet lately, i'm trying to get all those last minute crafty gifts done and find a job. Tongue wish i could live off my crafting, but i think i'd need a much wealthier hubby, lol!

for my NF heart, i was thinking of an applique. i think for the first craft along we should stick to the basic flat surface and then move to 3D for the second like graceoblivious suggested. (although i'm dying to try a resist) it should be fun for all levels to do it this way, cause the more advanced people can always embellish theirs a bit differently or do a more complicated design.

it's really great to see new faces here that are as excited about felting as we are! we definitely have something good here! Cheesy
















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« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2005 09:52:57 AM »

I think this is a great idea. I've been trying to get into felting but don't have any friends around who do it. This will help break me in. Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2005 11:11:14 AM »

I would be a newbie to felting, and I think this sounds great.  Grace I saw the hat you made for a swap and I am now determined to learn how to do that.  And what better way than by starting with easy to learn projects.  I am in! 
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