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« on: July 30, 2011 12:42:17 PM »

Okay, so I've started needle-felting and have a few questions about the craft

1) I've seen some needle felted pieces that have colors that seem to fan out and blend, almost like part of it is transparent, how would I do this?

2) Does anyone know a place where there is a tutorial on how to make the basic shapes with needle-felting? (like balls, cones, squares, pyramids, etc)


thanks in advance for the help!
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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2011 05:18:12 PM »

1) that is just a matter of placing your roving in the right spot and using a small gauged needle.
2) check the tut list!  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=140465.msg1381906#msg1381906
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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2011 04:13:13 PM »

okay.... not to be rude, but the tutorial list doesn't have a tutorial on BASIC SHAPES
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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2011 04:52:49 PM »

It has beads, which are circles.  And if you can master a circle without making it oblong, somewhat rectangular, or otherwise, the other shapes will follow intuitively.
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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2011 05:19:47 AM »

As far as blending colors - I dye my own fiber, so sometimes I purposely dye it unevenly for blending.  If you are buying fiber that is already dyed you would need to use similar colors and apply small tufts at a time for the effect that you want.

As far as making cones - I start by making a cylinder and needle felt that for a base. Then apply small amounts of fiber to build the sections that you want to make bigger.

I have also seen pieces that use foam, cut into the desired shape for a core.

To make balls, I use the panty hose in the washer method.  Take some batting (or roving) roll it up and stuff into a panty hose, then tie off.  Put in the washer on gentle cycle with a load of laundry (beware if it is dyed it may bleed).

Hope this helps.
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