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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Squeek - Monster Challenge 09 IMG HEAVY on: February 09, 2009 07:51:11 AM
He is SOOO cute!
2  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Questions about nuno-felting... on: January 26, 2009 05:24:04 AM
Thanks for answering. 

I've found a local store that specializes in natural fiber apparel fabric, so I think I"ll be able to find some open weave silk there.  Felting into the dupioni seems possible, but it's taking a very long time.  It's not something I'd want to do on a regular basis.

I am so jealous of the folks here who seem to succeed your first try with this stuff-- I'm just going to keep slogging along till I manage to make something decent Smiley.

3  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Questions about nuno-felting... on: January 24, 2009 12:28:09 PM
I apologize if these have been asked and answered elsewhere, I did look!  Anyhow, I am intrigued by the idea of nunofelting, but I don't know anyone who does this in real life, and so I'm trying to figure it out with books and what I can find on the internet.  Here are some questions I have that I can't find answers to-- any help would be greatly appreciated!  Smiley

  • Do you typically hem the fabric before felting?  Do you prewash it to take out any sizing?
  • When the felting step is done, can you still see individual fibers, or does it really look like felt?  Should it pass the pinch test?
  • Where do you buy your silk? (Around here I'm to be limited to the major fabric chains and quilt shops, so I'd love to hear about good online sources!)
  • What fabrics have you used successfully?  I can buy dupioni silk locally, and I'm going to give it a try today.
  • Have you dyed nunofelt (as opposed to dying the wool and silk first)?  I'm planning to give that a try next if my experiment felting with the dupioni is successful.

Thanks in advance for any help!

4  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Wilton Dye Ratios on: January 21, 2009 06:50:35 AM
Thanks so much for your help!
5  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / My first wet felted project... on: January 07, 2009 04:45:23 PM
I'm not sure what I think of it-- I originally was planning to do a carved felt version of the amish quilt pattern "sunshine & shadow" but as I was carving, it became clear that I hadn't felted my piece nearly enough, so after I carved it, I felted it again, and as a result, the pattern is much more muted than I originally intended.

Here's a look from another angle:

Thanks for looking!
6  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Wet felted boots on: January 07, 2009 09:03:12 AM
Those are neat!  Did you use them as slippers or did you wear them outside?

I've been thinking about making a pair and getting some overshoes so I could use them outside.

7  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How much starch? on: January 02, 2009 06:51:29 AM
Thanks for answering!  I have realized that I didn't really felt enough--  the top is felted, but the layers inside aren't really felted.  If I've rinsed it and let it dry, is it too late, or could I just felt some more now?

I made a thick piece of something felt-like anyhow  Undecided, with different colored layers, and I'm making a pattern by cutting down to the color I want.  Despite having messed up the felting process, I like the way it looks and so I don't want to ruin it. 

I'm considering buying some felting needles and needle felting to make it a little stronger.  Either that or soaking it in straight liquid starch or glue.


8  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / How much starch? on: December 30, 2008 10:41:32 AM
I'm working on my first felt project, and I'm wondering how much felt you need to use to make felt stiff like the felt bowls I've seen in craft shops?  I'm using liquid starch and they list mixture strengths for light, medium, heavy and extra-heavy starch.

My felt is about a half inch thick, if that matters.

Thanks for any help!

9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Homemade balance beams... on: December 27, 2008 03:01:38 PM
I made these for my kids for Christmas, to help give them a way to burn off energy when it's too cold to get outside.  They could use another coat of polyurethane, but otherwise, I'm pretty pleased.  This was my first "make it up as I go" woodworking project.  It's amazing what you can absorb from those woodworking shows on tv.  Grin

I made three, and each is a different width.  For my 2 year old, I used a 4 1/2" wide board, then for his big sisters I used  2 1/2" and 1 1/2" boards.  The bases are 4x4 and the boards aren't attached (I thought that would make it more fun, because they could use the boards as ramps and things.)

Here they are, all in a line:

Thanks for looking!

10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: RE-PURPOSED Magnetic "Paper" Dolls *PICS ADDED* on: December 18, 2008 06:10:21 PM
How fun!  I know my girls would love that, and it's so much cuter than the character ones-- great idea! 

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