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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fabric origami mobile on: June 01, 2010 03:55:10 AM
I used Plaid Stiffy Fabric Stiffener! And it does what it says ~ its a water based formula and non-toxic.
I also tried spray starch but it wasn't as effective. Stiffy really made the fabric almost like paper. You can dilute it with water but I just used it straight and I was happy with the result. The stiffer the better! And it helps prevent fraying of the edges of the fabric.
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Fabric origami mobile on: May 31, 2010 11:43:16 PM
I am expecting my first child in September, and we don't move into our new home until August, so I haven't been able to nest in the truest sense.
So to occupy my idle hands, I decided to make a mobile for the baby.
We do not know what sex it is yet, so I'm just going for colourful decorations in a neutral room (when we get a chance to paint it!).
So I looked for inspiration on the 'net and came up with origami cranes made out of fabric (which I stiffened).
I also had a lot of fun at the patchwork store rummaging through the fat quarters looking for the best colours and patterns.
Here are a few pics.  Smiley

13  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: needle felting: how to make projects NOT fuzzy on: May 24, 2010 06:18:31 PM
Looks like she has firmly felted her sculptures.

Firmly needle felting is more about poking all over and not about how hard you poke into the wool. She most likely just gently needles her work all over, over and over again. You can also trim the fuzzies off with scissors.

It doesn't look like she's wet felted the surface of them (which you can do apparently using a little soapy water on your fingers and rubbing the surface).

Hope this helps?  Smiley
14  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Raving Rabbid - dress a sprout on: May 08, 2010 03:41:43 AM
LOL Love it!
I too have spent too much time playing the games!
15  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Needle felted baby giraffe on: April 13, 2010 03:24:35 AM
Hey evaberry,

I get my eyes from Jerry at:

For this particular project, I used 4mm glass eyes (just plain black ones).
16  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Needle felted baby giraffe on: April 08, 2010 06:26:51 PM
Thanks everyone.  Kiss

No I didn't send in the original, he only needs pics of them for his project.  Smiley

I did use an armature, just a simple pipe cleaner for the neck embedded into the body.

Dimensions are roughly: 11cm H x 9cm L x 7cm W (4" H x 3.5" L x 3" W) so it sits in your palm.

17  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Needle felted baby giraffe on: April 06, 2010 07:35:53 PM
Here is my felted contribution to Million Giraffes Project (http://www.onemilliongiraffes.com/)

18  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Are needle-felted animals safe for babies? on: April 06, 2010 02:35:24 AM
Hey TeriLynn,

I have made a mobile for a friend's baby, it was a farm theme so lots of sheep and pigs.
I made sure that there weren't anything too little in the sculptures, ie. I didn't use glass eyes.
But with all things, I made sure the parents knew to keep the mobile high up so bub couldn't grab at the bits when unsupervised. The sheep had little heads that could have been swallowed, and they had little legs too, nothing sharp but I guess a glob of wool could choke a child.
I just did my best to make sure everything was attached as firmly as possible with no possibility of anything just dropping off, they would have to be manually yanked out.
The bub is now 3 years old so I did a good job of keeping him safe, and the parents did a stella job of making sure the mobile was safely out of reach too.  Smiley

A couple of pics:
19  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: needlefelted guinea pig - my first felting! on: April 06, 2010 02:25:04 AM
Awwww, that is soooo cute!
Well done for your first.
20  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Needle Felted Piglet on: March 08, 2010 09:36:29 PM
Aww, very cute!  Grin
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