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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.

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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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« Reply #10 on: December 13, 2005 01:58:04 PM »

i love to see other felters' FO's and all the discussion! i think whatever project it is, people are going to be intrested, and join up and make the felt their own!
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« Reply #11 on: December 13, 2005 02:07:10 PM »

I found some roving and felting needles today so I am ready to begin. I've got half a pound of Falkland Top from Great Britain Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2005 08:19:53 AM »

I'm in to felt-along, at least on the NF months.  Loving the idea of skulls felted onto hearts for those not so into valentines!
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« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2005 08:19:55 PM »

I think I am going to start early.  Maybe.  I am leaving in a day but  I really want to learn as much as possible before the felt swap with teamwang and I want to try to get lots of feedback from people as to techniques, etc.. 

Will post anything I come up with...
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« Reply #14 on: December 15, 2005 09:04:03 AM »

All these comments are so appreciated and extremely helpful.

Mayerlove,  thanks for the support and encouragement.  You are so right, taking a basic concept and being open to folks going off in their own directions ought to do nicely.

Ruwena,  Yea!!  so pleased you found some nice roving and will love having you in the feltalongs and on the felting boards.  Have you tried the kool-aid dying yet.  Didn't  you mention that somewhere here?

Jenistar,  will be happy to have you in any of these, you already do nice work so will also look to you for help  Cool

Snacker -  You do got the bug!  And you are so right, just start poking and cool things result.  We will so enjoy seeing your work.
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« Reply #15 on: December 15, 2005 10:07:59 AM »

Ruwena,  Yea!!  so pleased you found some nice roving and will love having you in the feltalongs and on the felting boards.  Have you tried the kool-aid dying yet.  Didn't  you mention that somewhere here?

Well I tried the kool aide dying yesterday and it didn't turn out quite as pretty as I had hoped Sad I searched the forums before I did it and read about it but I have no idea where I went wrong Sad I wanted the color to be more vibrant. So any suggestions for me? the red came out more of a  pinkish-orange lol. I'm going to try again today I hope.
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« Reply #16 on: December 15, 2005 10:29:10 AM »

More kool aid powder per amount of wool? I've had good luck dying yarn with kool aid. nice bright colors.
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« Reply #17 on: December 15, 2005 10:33:48 AM »

Thanks CraftyKate!  I was hoping someone would know and have not tired it myself.  IF Ruwena  put some of the already died fiber in the "red"  pot might that work too.   Oh what about the minerals in tap water, would that make a difference?  Good luck Ruwena on today's try. 
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« Reply #18 on: December 15, 2005 11:14:49 AM »

http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall02/FEATdyedwool.html

I don't know if anyone mentioned this, but here's instructions for yarn dying with kool aid. I imagine it's similar for unspun fibers. They suggest one packet of kool aid per ounce of wool.
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« Reply #19 on: December 15, 2005 01:17:19 PM »

Thanks Craftykate, after reading that I'm ready to try it again. I'll show you my finished results later tonight Wink
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« Reply #20 on: December 15, 2005 02:47:14 PM »

While waiting to get into Craftster - ye ol busy signal- did some searching and found this lovely pic heavy tute for kool-aid dying roving  http://ridethespiral.com/gallery.php?title=textile&name=sunset-roving
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« Reply #21 on: December 15, 2005 04:04:07 PM »

I wanted the color to be more vibrant. So any suggestions for me? the red came out more of a  pinkish-orange lol. I'm going to try again today I hope.

I had a pinky orange result when I used strawberry.
I think that's just what happens when using the kool-aid reds, but I hope I'm wrong
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« Reply #22 on: December 15, 2005 07:18:20 PM »

from my experience with kool aid cherry works way better for pinks and reds than strawberry.
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« Reply #23 on: December 15, 2005 08:45:42 PM »

Ok this was my first try. The pale purple looked more brown than it does in the picture and the red was more orange.



Then I threw them both in again and they turned out more like this:


Grape

Strawberry

Then I tried these too Smiley

Lemon-Lime

Blue Rasberry Lemonade

and Pink Lemonade....which I am half tempted to throw back in for a second try but that would require a trip to the store lol.

Thank you all so much for your helpful advice and links:) I'll be felting soap tomorrow afternoon and I will post those when I'm done Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: December 16, 2005 04:59:10 AM »

Ohhh Wow!!  Those look super, you did great.
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« Reply #25 on: December 16, 2005 06:03:01 AM »

very cool! thanks for sharing how they turned out, i've sent kool-aid to some people to use for dye and i've only seen grape and cherry.
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« Reply #26 on: December 16, 2005 06:12:27 AM »

Such lovely colors, you did beautifully! My favourite to use is the lemon-lime

I only wish that kool-aid was sold in Australia
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« Reply #27 on: December 16, 2005 09:53:20 AM »

Such lovely colors, you did beautifully! My favourite to use is the lemon-lime

I only wish that kool-aid was sold in Australia

Jane Doe - I feel so sad that I want to send you some kool-aide now lol I checked and it would only cost like $3 to send you a handful Wink

Thanks for the compliments Smiley I'm going to get started on my soap here soon. I will be using the plastic bag method that GraceO posted.

Fun fact - I'm allergic to kool-aide  Shocked
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« Reply #28 on: December 26, 2005 05:01:15 PM »

I'm in !  I love the little lady bug.  I've done 2 different felting projects but would love to learn more.  Thanks GraceOblivious and JanDoe !
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« Reply #29 on: December 27, 2005 12:15:51 PM »

i just had a thought for a cute valentine's NF, how about a love bug? beginners could make the ladybug and more advanced can whip up their own funky bug!
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« Reply #30 on: December 27, 2005 12:34:16 PM »

i just had a thought for a cute valentine's NF, how about a love bug? beginners could make the ladybug and more advanced can whip up their own funky bug!

Oh Oh that is a FABULOUS approach.  Oh my dear teamwang if you were a lightbulb you would be a million watts. 

Am thinking it might be fun to include making hearts using a cookie cutter, and turning small Needle felting into pins -- can you see it too?  the bug and the heart connected by a chain link -- like the sweater clips from the 50's
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« Reply #31 on: December 27, 2005 01:26:57 PM »

i just had a thought for a cute valentine's NF, how about a love bug? beginners could make the ladybug and more advanced can whip up their own funky bug!

Oh Oh that is a FABULOUS approach.  Oh my dear teamwang if you were a lightbulb you would be a million watts. 

Am thinking it might be fun to include making hearts using a cookie cutter, and turning small Needle felting into pins -- can you see it too?  the bug and the heart connected by a chain link -- like the sweater clips from the 50's

Oh that sounds super cute. I've been eyeing a few knitted caplet patterns that I would need some funky brooches or sweater clips for. I never thought of needle felting one. I think this is a super idea.
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« Reply #32 on: December 27, 2005 01:30:36 PM »

oooh i want a capelet! i think sweater clips is actually a fab idea! are those usually attatched by a pinback or by some kind of special clip? i guess maybe old clip on earring backs might work, unless someone knows of somewhere they are sold?
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« Reply #33 on: December 27, 2005 01:48:08 PM »

I've never actually owned a sweater clip so I have no idea what I'd use for the clip part. I just know that now I really want one. I love vintage stuff, and vintage inspired stuff.
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« Reply #34 on: December 27, 2005 03:12:51 PM »

Oh dear, well...... some some sweater clips -  were on clips sort of like alligator clips, some like earring clips, some had pin backs.  Though the ones with pin backs were used more for linked lapel pins or shoulder pins. 
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« Reply #35 on: December 28, 2005 09:10:17 AM »

I just googled sweater clips...ebay has quite a few for .99.  I'm sure they can be reconstructed for felties.   Can't wait for the felt along !
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« Reply #36 on: January 04, 2006 04:30:44 PM »

Hmm, so is it a go with the bug on a stick (pin) for the next felt along?  And we're supposed to work in hearts somehow right?
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« Reply #37 on: January 04, 2006 04:51:14 PM »

Hi, am a bit slow, will be posting an official opening of  Feltalong #2 by this weekend.  But yes if you want to get going.  Whoopee! (glad to have you, btw. I think it will be lots of fun).  A bug of your choice and skill level, and I'll show one way of making a slightly 3D heart.  But  hope others will share methods and tips as well.  Thanks for asking.  ---Oh just had a flash, saw your kitty,  now in  a stalking needle felt rendition with a heart on chest and nose on a bug.  Grin
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« Reply #38 on: January 04, 2006 05:13:23 PM »

i started out making a bug a few days ago and it somehow turned into a whale, lol. that's just how unpredictable felting can be Smiley so the whale is off to my swap partner, and i'm now going to draw a pic of my bug first and not try to wing it! i'm gonna wait til GraceO posts the guidelines though.
ack! dont bring kitties into it as well, or my piece will turn into a mural! Wink
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« Reply #39 on: January 05, 2006 04:20:24 AM »

Hmmmm...Am I too late to feltalong?  I can't seem to find it!  Or is it not posted yet?  I am as new to Craftster as I am to needle felting Smiley
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« Reply #40 on: January 05, 2006 04:26:56 AM »

Woo - I'm hoping to pick you felting needles and roving at the end of the month Cheesy - my friends will be going in with me and getting some too, so I'll direct them to the feltalong.

I didn't know about felting till I popped onto this board - thankyou all Cheesy
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« Reply #41 on: January 05, 2006 06:09:12 AM »

Hi PurpleHeather,  Aww you are so welcome.  It does seem as though the regular posters here do really enjoy working with the nearly raw wool and are happy to share the joy.  We will love have you and any of your friends join us in felting adventures.
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« Reply #42 on: January 05, 2006 10:18:15 AM »

I have left overs from the roving I dyed for the felt covered soap so I'm ready to go Smiley I just wish I had some black....they only sell roving in 1/2 pound bags at my LYS and I don't really have the extra cash to buy more right now. So any suggestions on how to dye some natuarl to black?
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« Reply #43 on: January 05, 2006 10:35:38 AM »

The dying is beyond my expereince, knowledge, reading.  You might ask in Weaving Board- they also dye roving. 
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« Reply #44 on: January 05, 2006 10:37:30 AM »

Thanks GraceO Smiley
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« Reply #45 on: January 05, 2006 12:34:05 PM »

They sell smaller quantities on ebay
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I'm too scared to do ebay  Undecided  They aren't secure enough for me.
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« Reply #47 on: January 05, 2006 04:58:32 PM »

ruwena you can always google wool roving and see if there's an online shop that sells them, or even a local one.
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