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
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
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.
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.