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601  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Recent feltings on: October 28, 2004 01:16:24 PM
the glass head isn't even mine - that's the sad part.  i'm felting on borrowed time, or something.
602  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Muff on: October 28, 2004 09:41:10 AM
i think it would be neat to make a muff that zippers or snaps onto a shirt, so that it could be like a hoodie pocket.
603  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Abercrombie & Fitch catalog on: October 27, 2004 02:57:56 PM
if any of you go the "create-a-comic" route, i highly recomend a white-out pen in addition to a sharpie marker.  white out pens are seriosuly underrated - they're super-opaque, you can do medium-sized areas or draw with them, and you can blend the wierd liquid-y but opaque stuff that they put out with your fingertips.
604  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: the little paper things from Hershey Kisses on: October 27, 2004 02:39:01 PM
i vote for fringe, on a lampshade or a rigid curtain-valance something-or-other.
605  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Muff on: October 26, 2004 01:37:00 PM
wool would work well for warmth, but i think you would want a windbreaking layer also - wind cuts right through wool.
606  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Recent feltings on: October 26, 2004 11:28:17 AM
thanks for all the positive comments, guys!  Yes, the hat is needle felted.  the process is a little much for me to write a tutorial right now, but the bones of it are: you get wool.  some of it has been combed and wound into a loose "rope" - this is called roving.  This hat is made from a handpainted roving i bought from dudleyspinner on ebay.  Then, i poke it five million times with tiny needles.  I sort of taught myself the technique that i use - from what i can gather, most needle felters use foam forms.  I have an undersized glass head that i use as a stand, and sorta freehand shape the wool.

The dreads were actually super-easy.  The Quinnster site (quinnster.co.uk) has great instructions (or a link to them, i forget which) on how to make wool dreads - since i already had wool around, this was really really easy!  i followed the instructions vaguely, and there are only about five of them installed in my actual head - so taking them out won't be too much of a PITA.

The thing that i love about felting (well, one of the things!) is how easy it is to get started, and how little equipment you need.  Thank you all for the comments!
607  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Recent feltings on: October 26, 2004 01:26:33 AM
I do five million things.  one of them is handmake felt things.

today i made a hat

and yesterday i made (and installed) some double-ended dreadlocks and a fall.

i just started working with wool recently and it's incredible fun!
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