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LUBEE
« on: March 16, 2006 01:10:57 PM »

this is the first thing i have done with needle felting.
there was a episode of carol duvall on where they made felt cards and these are the ones i made.


first i felted them and then i added some accents with the sewing machine.
please let me know what you think.
http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/cr_needlework_other/article/0,1789,HGTV_3265_4337632,00.html
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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2006 01:47:19 PM »

Thanks for sharing.  Admit I did a bit of a double take as that looks so much like commercial felt- which it is indeed.

Here on the felting boards we have mainly been needle felting wool roving into itself for 3D items or into base fabric, so you are presenting us with another type of "felting" .  So these are pieces of commercial felt are cut then punched with either hand felting needles or with a  needle punch machine until they stick together.

Which reminds us that these barbed needles may be used in a variety of ways.  and one can felt not only strands of wool fiber but also comercial wool felt together with the barbed needles.  Am a bit curious to know if the wool felt pieces are actually  just tacked-stuck together or if they really become one fabric.  Guess that depends on how heavily and thoroughly one punches it.  Interesting.



Had not seen that link or heard of Lynn Farris.  Thanks for including the link and for sharing your pieces.

****************  modifying to edit and say --- after much review and consideration, while the presenter on the Carol Duval show called this needle felting, I would strongly disagree with that terminology.  It really technically is an incorrect use of the word felting.  No fiber strands are used at all.  The two fabrics even though they are felt are used from a fabric not a fiber state and are actually tacked together by breaking and tearing the fabric imbedding bits of one fabric into the other.  It can be called "needle punch applique"  because one is punching the fabric with a barbed needle.*******

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LUBEE
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2006 08:34:51 AM »

a  needle punch machine............ i had no idea there was such a thing.
i just used the felting needles. i really didn't think that this project was going to work. the shapes are attached but they aren't completely flat or flush against the other felt.
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« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2006 08:53:04 AM »

Thanks LUBEE.  It is pretty amazing what these needles can do.  There are several machines that either can be converted to use felting needles or are dedicated needle punching machines.  Bernina and Brother both have specified machines that have special adaptations/tools -- the needles must go somewhere other than into the bobin-race area.  In the bernina the bobin race drops down and part of the bobin race gets removed.  Have not see the Brother one.  Babylock has a machine called the "Embellisher" that is dedicated and only does needle punch.   The machines are only good for the flat type work, not so much for the 3D.

Probably more than you wanted to know. 

You should also be able to needle punch wool yarn into your postcards since you are using wool felt.  Have you checked out the Feltalong #4 - your work would fit in with those projects and you may get more ideas there - and share some too.

Glad to have you posting here.
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LUBEE
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2006 09:11:33 AM »

sad to say that this is also the first time i have used a sewing machine. thanks for the information

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« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2006 08:05:53 AM »



 Great cards!
I'm impressed that you did this with so little experience.
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LUBEE
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2006 11:09:13 PM »



 Great cards!
I'm impressed that you did this with so little experience.
thanks! so am i !
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« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2006 03:04:50 PM »

Thanks Lubee for breaking the ice on this technique of needle felting felt to felt.  Audioscience has taken us into 3D using the same principle.  Not sure if you wander around the felting boards so thought it great to share the addy
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=87144.new#new

I can see you making some great critters to model your clay and other crafts.  Enjoy.
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