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1  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!

2  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!
3  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!

4  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!

5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Pink fun fur scoodie from remnant bin... on: December 09, 2008 09:23:37 AM

I made this after seeing the scoodie tute at vegbee's website http://indietutes.blogspot.com/2007/09/scoodie.html, and then spotting this super-cozy fun fur and matching fleece in the remnant bin that I was sure my 8 year old would love.  I did modify the pattern slightly-- instead of making the scarf from two pieces of fabric, I only used the fun fur, and cut one piece that was twice the final width, so one edge of the scarf is just a fold.  Then I couldn't fit the hood inside the scarf when it was inverted, because the fun fur is so bulky, so it's attached with top-stitching.  I hope some of that makes sense!

Anyhow, she's a kid who finds most things uncomfortable, but she loves her scoodie, and it matches her coat better in real life than it seems to in the picture.

6  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Gluing fabric to crocs? on: December 01, 2008 10:05:38 AM
Has anyone done this?  I'm planning to use my daughter's old crocs as a base for sweater boots, and I'm thinking of either stapling or gluing the sweater to the crocs (maybe both?) and am hoping somebody here might know what works.

7  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Quick and easy ballet-inspired slippers... on: November 26, 2008 08:22:45 PM
I came up with a really quick, easy way to make slippers that are somewhat ballet-style, and thought I'd share.  I invented the pattern so that the brownie troop I lead could decorate "dancing shoes".  

(I'm new here, so I can't post pictures directly in the post)

For these I used cheapo walmart fleece for the uppers and quilting cotton for the soles.  I used curling ribbon to gather the top (by the time I figured out the design I didn't have time to run to the store for more elastic).   Embarrassed  I was able to make 7 pairs in 2 1/2 hours, so it's definitely a quick and easy way to do things.  

After making these, I realized that my slippers were in pretty rough shape, so I took some fabric I had lying around and made a pair for myself.

They aren't fancy, but they work, and I think they're cute enough.  For these I used wool flannel sandwiched with cotton batting for the upper, and fused plastic insulated with a layer of wool flannel and cotton batting for the sole.  

The technique, such as it is: cut a foot shaped piece for the sole, and then cut a straight strip of fabric for the upper.  The strip should be twice as wide as you want the upper to come up on your foot (I used 3" for the girls' slippers and 4" for mine) and long enough to go all the way around the sole. Fold the strip in half, making the width half what it was, and sew the strip to the sole, capturing the folded edges and gather the top with elastic.  Quick, easy and very fabric efficient-- I could have gotten 7 pairs of slippers for the girls from 1/4 yard of fleece (I actually used a little more than that while I was figuring out how to do it, but you don't have to.)

Thanks for looking!  Grin
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