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« on: March 17, 2006 11:06:11 AM »

Here's the beginning of the Wet Felting Vessel Tutorial-
I have to stagger the pics and the posts, so bear with me here- there's TONS of info-
This project is also something that can be done over a few days- so i am going to cut up the tute for that reason.  Plus- I'll probably need a few days to sort it out.
If I forget anything along the way please feel free to let me know!  Smiley In the meantime- familiarize yourself with the 'Mongolian Wet felting tutorial' http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=56350.0
for basic technique and such- This could be a more intermediate project depending on your skills. but i promise i will try my best to make it easy.

let's start everyone with materials and supplies-



And prepping your Balloon as a mold-

The container on the far right is the container i used instead of the glass or jar on the top picture-
This is important. you need something shallow and wide enough to comfortably sit your filled ballon in while doing other things (see picture below)
 try out a few things and see what works for you. The metal bowl pictured was bought in a 2-pack at the dollar store for ....a dollar.   Grin
It will wobble no matter what..especially with soap on it...so be careful here. the extra air helps it from totally exploding if it bounces away on you. hopefully. this is for one of those good humoured days.  Wink

When you get to the step of laying the fibres you'll cover the whole thing in a thin layer of soap and water. This helps the fibres stick. BUT- Also more of a challenge if the ballon decides to make a run for it across your table... Gentle touches help here.... dont bounce around and get all excited quite yet. that will come soon enough....  Smiley


Your pantyhose! Cut the legs off and tie. Save the pantyhose legs for another felt project.  Wink

***THREE more things I remembered you DEFINITELY need for this project:
1. An extra set of hands. Preferably attached to a body -  Smiley This should probably be a friend or someone you at least like... lol. after you've used their hands- feel free to tell 'em to get lost.  Wink
2. ***Good music. Something uppity- to keep you movin' & shakin' ...May I suggest some good n' proper rockn'roll..?
3. A microwave to keep things consistently warm. NOT crucial! You can still do this project without it. Just keep running the hot water on your taps.  Wink
More below.  Smiley Thank you beautiful mods for moving this.
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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2006 01:10:43 PM »

Man, now I gotta sit around with a balloon full of water for who knows how many days Wink
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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2006 02:42:31 PM »

I tried this once already today and lost it all! arg! so lets try this one more time.
LAYING THE FIBRES!!!

First Layer- Pictures 1-6
So you have everything you need, music blaring- lets go. The balloon is ready and covered in a thin layer of soap and water (dish soap works best) The first layer of fibres go from the top to the bottom- in a vertical direction.(pic. 1)  Fluff out your roving until it is thin and even and lay down onto balloon- making sure the fibres meet close to the base (pic. 2) Be sure to fill all gaps seen with this layer until no balloon shows through (pic. 5 &6)
The Second Layer- Pictures 7 &8
This is in the opposite direction - horizontally. Wind the roving thinly yet evenly around the mold until you get to the bottom.
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The Third & Forth Layers- Pictures 9 &10
You can choose to use two or 3 (or more) different colours for each layer- This is where experimenting with all sorts of different tones, fibres, additions, etc. come in handy. Play around and see what turns out. I chose a contrasting colour that worked really well. Keep in mind that the fibres will mesh together and blend the colours.

Lay the next fibre layers in alternate directions as in previous steps.
Forth layer not shown in picture 
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Now this next step is where you need that extra set of friendly hands... and your pantyhose.  Smiley
 
**Note that there are only 3 hands in the photo- one was missing for camera work.  Wink
Stretch the pantyhose as wide as you can and gently pull over your fibre covered balloon. Try to get the whole thing to sit as far inside the hose as possible. This is probably the most tedious job of all. once you are finished stand back, thank your friend and admire your work so far.
Good job.  Grin
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Picture 1 is what you should be admiring.
Picture 2 turn whole thing upsidedown,
Picture 3 pull stocking/panyhose taught
Picture 4 secure well with balloon tie outside of pantyhose hole.
Picture 5 tie balloon and pantyhose together tightly with elastic band
Voila!
Tune in again soon for my next post on Felting and fulling the fibres.
Thanks for watching .  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2006 10:03:22 AM »

How are we doing so far?? Everything make sense? I hope so... Here goes another step in this process:

Wetting and the first stages of felting the Vessel


Pic.1- I am using a certain un-named bottle filled with hot water and dish soap. (my water isnt yellow- lol- that's the dishsoap)
Pic. 2- note holes in lid. I used a needle over a flame to poke holes through the lid. easy-peasy.
Pic. 3- Squeeze water onto your tied up balloon/hose project, and while doing so- gently squeeze the surface of the fibres down into the balloon (Pic. 4 & 5) The fibres are initially water resistant, and act more like a sponge. I find squeezing or pressing the fibres down helps to aborb the water faster- as well as push out all air bubbles.
Pic. 6- what you want to see is foam coming up through the pantyhose. no foam? add more soap to your mixture and keep dousing in water. Keep your water warm by throwing the bottle into the microwave for a minute or so.
Pic. 7 & 8- Once the surface is completely foamy and saturated with your warm water and soap mixture, begin to gently rub the entire surface. Remember to rub everywhere, including the opening and the where the knots are tied. 
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Important After rubbing entire surface, wipe away foam on balloon (Pic. 1) and inspect closely..
What you want to see is fibres poking through the hose. (Pic. 2)
This is when you want to stop and gently peel off the hose.(Pic. 1 Below)
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Pic. 1-During this stage of the felting process- an initial skin forms on the surface of the fibres- **The fibres can still shift! So be careful removing the hose, as the fibres have slightly felted to it.
This is the stage where you do extra smoothing and adjusting of your fibres before continuing the process. As in all wet felting.
Pics. 2-4- The mouth of the vessel needs some adjusting, as it is most likely the spot where most shifting happens. you dont have to do this step but it does make things easier later on.. you can just as easily trim the opening with scissors when it is dry, I prefer the slight control here. Fan out the wet fibres as much as possible with your fingertips and spread out, I folded the fibres back onto the vessel, to make the opening thicker (Pic. 3) Smoothing and flattening all around.

**the balloon has more than likely cooled off by now. Ah-ha! this is where the water in the balloon comes in handy.
Gently put your vessel back into the panyhose- tied end of the balloon poking out of the opening like before- and re-wet with a little more water- but don't soak it.
Now- pop the whole thing into the microwave and nuke it for a minute. Not too long! ~ just a minute to warm the water inside the balloon!~ Once its nice and steamy its time to bounce, plop and squish....
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« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2006 10:14:46 AM »



See? I was right! lol  Cheesy
Re-tie your pantyhose a little tighter than before and bounce (Pic. 1), plop (Pic. 2), and squish (Pic. 3) your balloon, for more felting.  Smiley

to be continued................
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« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2006 11:50:45 AM »

Lexis,  awesomeness.  Awaiting next stage with baited breath...... eek! 
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« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2006 12:14:01 PM »

Thanks Grace
Almost finished- Lets see what else i can load up here...


Ah-ha! yes. The pinch test. After about 10-20 minutes of wrastlin' with your balloon (bounceplopsquish) you want to give the ol' pinch test to see how your fibres have felted. Just pinch the surface- and look closely to see if the fibres move or shift when you do. If they do- keep on bouncin'and add more soap/water mix as needed, if they don't and it all wrinkles up like the picture on the right, great. next step.  Smiley
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Popping the balloon and rinsing

Pictures 1 &2- rinse your balloon under cold tap water in a slow stream. You want to pop the balloon in your sink- because its full of water.
Pictures 3 & 4- gently turn your vessel insideout, rinse thoroughly.

Next up: FULLING!
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« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2006 12:23:39 PM »

Fulling the Vessel
Get out your towel for the table, and your sushi/bamboo matts. I use 2 sushi matts overlapping one another.

Pictures 1-3- roll up your vessel in one direction, and starting with gentle pressure and building up pressure, roll about 20 times
Pictures 4-6- unroll, and change directions of your vessel on the matts, rolling again about 20 times.
Continually change directions and full for a total of 10-20 minutes. Change the layout of the vessel as well, going from side to side as well as top and bottom.
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Picture 1- close up inspection to make sure fibres are fulled-you can see the two colours of fibres have meshed into one another. That's what you're looking for.  Smiley
Picture 2-3- final rinse in cold water - mush about like it is dough. all of this abuse is making the felt stronger and tougher.
Picture 4- LOL! My lame attempt at an action shot of me throwing the vessel onto the table. Feel free to whack it down a few times just for the fun of it.
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WHOO! Last picture!!!!

Picture 1 & 2- Put another balloon into the opening of the vessel and fill it up with air until the balloon stretches out and the balloon looks like it is popping over the mouth of the vessel.
Picture 3- Push, smoothe and roll your wet felt vessel around to block the final shape.

*Optional for smoother surface-Picture not included- Very carefully steam your vessel with an iron set to 'wool'. I also spray the inside and outside with spray starch before steam ironing-this helps the vessel hold its shape. Do NOT leave on the surface too long or you may melt the balloon.  Be especially careful around the mouth of the vessel where the balloon sticks out. This step will also help speed drying.

Picture 4- Hang your vessel to dry somewhere, and admire your hard work. Check on the balloon occasionally and in a day or two - the balloon will have deflated quite a bit, pop it and let interior of vessel to continue to dry on a flat surface.

When vessel is dry, you can continue to add further embellishments with needle felting.  Wink

VOILA!!!! Whattya think of them apples?  Grin I HOPE this is coherent and simple enough for everyone. Please please please contact me with any questions or concerns. AND Most Importantly - Have fun!!!

Finished Vessels: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=83752.0
(again...in the wrong board!  Undecided I WILL learn eventually!  Tongue )
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« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2006 06:10:42 AM »

A-MAZ-ING!!!  these are awesome and my kids are totally excited about trying (me?  I think that with all their "help" we are waiting for a warm April day so that we can do this outside  Smiley)   We did experiment with some little bouncy balls and got these   

no where as cool as yours.  We can't wait to give this a try.  with this awesome tute we can't go wrong!
Thanks!
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« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2006 06:30:52 AM »

good tutorial!!! looks not to hard!

I'll try, i don't know when...    Undecided but i will...

thank you

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« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2006 07:40:14 AM »

Chipper- those look good. theyre cute. how small are they?? they look like little egg cozies.  Smiley

Veludo- thanks ! Hope it works out.

*another thing is that you don't have to make a vessel-if your vessel doesnt turn out like you wanted, have no fear---it is perfect for the beginnings of a handbag, or hat.  Wink
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« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2006 08:40:18 AM »

they are small.  I was thinking maybe wee little bags for the kids' treasure but now am thinking I may get some of those tiny plastic eggs and put jingle bells inside and put the egg in the ball, stitch closed and felt some more for kitty toys.  I couldn't think of anything bigger to use when we did this, but the balloon will be perfect!   I think our "vessels" will probably end up being bags (so many treasures, so few bags)

Thanks again for the great tute!
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« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2006 05:11:10 PM »

wow that's one thorough tut! Wink can't wait to start on mine, although i'll need to go buy some balloons...
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« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2006 05:29:37 PM »

Lexis, you are a tute goddess!  Fabulous info and shared in a fun and interesting way.  You rock sister!
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« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2006 12:21:19 AM »

Lexis, you are a tute goddess!  Fabulous info and shared in a fun and interesting way.  You rock sister!

Ditto!!

I am definately having a go at the weekend when I have my provisions in. 
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« Reply #15 on: March 23, 2006 08:22:16 AM »

thanks all!
My first tute- and wanted to make sure i didnt miss a thing.
Here's the gallery- I can't wait to see everything Smiley
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=83752.0

HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #16 on: March 23, 2006 12:57:29 PM »

Lexis,  Greta pics and great explanation.  Very clearly done.  I am putting this project on my to do list.  Thanks
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« Reply #17 on: March 25, 2006 11:26:56 PM »

This looks like so much fun.
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« Reply #18 on: April 09, 2006 06:32:35 AM »

just a question, i'm curious what you mean in the last step about "speed drying" and preventing it. what is the effect of a speed dry on the felt? i often put my wet felted projects on the radiator to hurry them up, is this bad? :O
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« Reply #19 on: April 09, 2006 09:48:42 AM »

just a question, i'm curious what you mean in the last step about "speed drying" and preventing it. what is the effect of a speed dry on the felt? i often put my wet felted projects on the radiator to hurry them up, is this bad? :O
um... haha. i'm not sure what you mean babe.. the iron steams a majority of the water out of the felt before air drying. preventing the iron from touching the balloon or it may melt..........
try the iron before putting it on your radiator to finish drying. or try to hang it in your bathroom...
otherwise i havent a clue what you're asking ...heehee. sorry..
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« Reply #20 on: April 10, 2006 06:16:14 AM »

Got a question for Lexis (or anyone else!)

I have just made wet felt vesel No.2 (yes i'm now obsessed) and it is currently hanging up drying but i've noticed a really thin patch on the bottom where the fibres have shifted. Is there anyway I can fix this? I know I could needle felt over it but is there a wet-felt method I could use??
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« Reply #21 on: April 10, 2006 09:40:05 AM »

hi felt fairy-  Smiley
yes there is a way to fix that without needles (although needles are fastest..)
Add an additional little fibre- thinned out and tufted, to your bald patch - inside the vessel and out. and put the whole vessel into the stocking again- to refelt. you just have to repeat the wet felting process but concentrating on that one particular spot. Make sure the fibre is really thinned out on the edges or it may not 'catch' onto the previous felt....
does that make sense?
If you are having troubles let me know...
With needle felting- you can add more fibre to the inside of the vessel and blend it in- without it looking like a different felt application entirely.
either way should work. and hope that helps..  Wink

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« Reply #22 on: April 10, 2006 10:05:28 AM »

Thanks for the advice I think I'll go for the needle felting option as it seems easier all round.  Grin
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« Reply #23 on: May 02, 2006 04:24:24 PM »

Thanks for the tutorial. I need to have a go at this.
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« Reply #24 on: June 10, 2006 06:59:56 AM »

A great tut.  I may finally try my hand at something like this!  Thank you for inspiring and instructing us all! Smiley
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« Reply #25 on: July 22, 2006 12:34:17 PM »

gotta it- mine turned out great- holes and all! Art ....

The tricky part was keeping it all sliding between layers so i sprayed and patted- no sliding!

Also, i turned mine inside out for the prettier side, since that is how it turned out
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« Reply #26 on: July 22, 2006 12:37:08 PM »

typo alert  above should have
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spraying to keep it FROM sliding..
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« Reply #27 on: July 23, 2006 04:56:40 PM »

I've just finished felting a vessel myself
Glad to see I'm not the only one a few tutorials behind  Wink

Shedata - I hope you post pics of your finished creation in the gallery
(Here's the link incase you've lost it http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=83752.0
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Mine is still drying on the balloon so pics wont come for another few days
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« Reply #28 on: July 23, 2006 08:02:09 PM »

Hurrah! Jane, you've joined the vessel troupe.  Cheesy Never too late to create a vessel my dear. Looking forward to seeing more pictures of felted vessels from everybody. that includes you too, Shedata.  Wink
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« Reply #29 on: November 07, 2006 07:37:43 AM »

Wow, great tutorial. I took a wet felting class a couple of weeks ago from Gail Crosman Moore and loved it, but I forgot lots of the details just when I finally have a day off to try it at home. Your tutorial helps! If you haven't seen Gail's work, you might want to check it out - http://www.gailcrosmanmoore.com/gcmfelt.html - really beautiful stuff!
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« Reply #30 on: November 07, 2006 10:03:25 AM »

thanks so much Jan201  Smiley glad it could help.
I have seen Gail's work and it is totally FABULOUS!! I dream of owning one of her flowers...and actually, her work inspired me to start making more felt flowers. Now if I had the patience to bead them the way she does-that would bring a whole other dimension to my work. hahaha. thanks for posting!!  Grin
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« Reply #31 on: January 31, 2007 10:03:46 AM »

Yes, yes, yes!!!!!
I make it, I felt it!!!!

Lexis, thank you so much for tutorial!


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« Reply #32 on: January 31, 2007 10:22:15 AM »

Holy Cow Asra- that is so COOL Shocked

The beads, the curls of felt on top, Wow!
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Holy Cow Asra- that is so COOL Shocked

The beads, the curls of felt on top, Wow!

Thank you  Kiss
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« Reply #34 on: January 31, 2007 10:28:16 AM »

That is gorgeous! I just love felted vessels - I really like the beaded detail too!  Grin
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« Reply #35 on: January 31, 2007 10:29:56 AM »

Splendiferious. love the colors, the smoothness, the white curls, the beads.  Definately has the wow factor.

YES lexis, teaching is something you do well. 

Asra, so neat to see how far you took this tutorial; and the personal spin you put into it.
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« Reply #36 on: January 31, 2007 02:13:32 PM »

Asra - That is gorgeous. I love the shape and the details - it looks so organic. You did a wonderful job. I haven't tried this method over the balloon but I hope I'll have time soon to try.
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« Reply #37 on: January 31, 2007 05:23:26 PM »

Oh WOW!!

That is one unique and organic vessel!
It makes me think of a pomegranate fruit
or an internal organ of some type.

Love!
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« Reply #38 on: January 31, 2007 05:35:14 PM »

Asra- Absolutely stunned at the innovative beauty you've created! Wow.  Grin
Colours, details like beads AND top it all off with wonderful curls and you get one gorgeous vessel!
Congratulations Asra.
It makes me smile big!

JD- Pomegranate- or a skinned fig!  Grin
MTRuth-I hope you get some time to try this too. Feel free to pm me if you need help-
GO- you're the greatest. thanks  Wink
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« Reply #39 on: February 10, 2007 07:19:28 PM »

Wow...I am totally inspired. I think I have everything on-hand except balloons. I have a feeling a vessel is in my future. Do you mind me asking what type of wool any of you recommend for wet felting? I primarily needlefelt but have been branching out to wet felting, and I've heard mixed things about the kind of wool to use for the best results.
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« Reply #40 on: February 11, 2007 09:58:23 AM »

Hello Happy Crafter-  Smiley Nice to see you here.
I encourage you to try a vessel, they can be fun, and interesting to play with.

I would suggest starting small- Wink the smaller it is-the easier it is to handle for a first project.
As for fibre- Merino wool is the best way to go. You can try other soft fibres, like corriedale or moorit. But the basic Merino wool is always a good way to go, as it is soft and the hair thin enough that it takes little effort to felt them.
If you were to try using Romney, for example (coarser wool- better for needle felting) it would felt eventually, but would take AGES to get to that point.
The finer the wool - the better.  Wink

With Merino, you can also experiment with mixing other fibres on the surface, as Merino 'grabs' those fibres easier. Such as silk, tencel, wensleydale or mohair curls, soy silk, yarns, you name it. Wet Felting a Vessel- is a great time to experiement and enjoy yourself. Besides- I think you've got to be in a pretty good mood to felt something on a bouncy slippery water-filled balloon. lol.  Cheesy
please feel free to post here or pm me if you nedd any help. And Have fun!!!!!  Grin
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« Reply #41 on: May 02, 2007 03:12:05 PM »

I just joined Craftster and I have to say that this is the best Tutorial I have found on Felting Vessels. Awesome work!! Can't wait to try it.
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« Reply #42 on: May 04, 2007 11:38:11 AM »

Thanks so much Bearydear.  Grin that's great to hear.
have fun!!

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« Reply #43 on: May 14, 2007 03:16:59 PM »

I have never tried felting (either wet or needle) before, but I need to learn now, as I need to make this.

there is no 'want'. NEED.

stunning!
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« Reply #44 on: May 14, 2007 03:37:01 PM »

Great, do check the feltalong discussion topic.  There is interest in revisiting this feltalong with a new crew. 
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=168843.0
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« Reply #45 on: May 14, 2007 03:37:53 PM »

Great, do check the feltalong discussion topic.  There is interest in revisiting this feltalong with a new crew. 
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=168843.0
awesome! thanks for the link!
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« Reply #46 on: November 11, 2011 05:46:03 AM »

This  the best tutorial I've seen yet! THANK YOU!
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