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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: wet felted Owl bag on: September 05, 2009 03:12:37 AM
Hee hee I guess I've got the eye but not the technique down yet lol! Also, I am always changing my projects as things pop into my head... I don't think I've ever created something where the end result was the same as my original idea  Undecided   Hey if it works for us lol!

I do really like the way this worked though... I'm tempted to try it myself, I love the fact that you could still use it for both things. But I've got a few bits I'm doing already so it may have to wait. So much to do, so little time  Smiley

At what point did you change your mind from hat to bag?
2  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Next felt-along? on: September 05, 2009 03:01:08 AM
Chin up luvelcritter! It  might not be all bad and gloom... maybe the universe is telling you to wet felt so you can create a masterpiece?! Never know, your broken needles might have be a blessing in disguise  Smiley  Glad you got some nice bits at your local though... and I'm a baby too, so there are more youngsters into crafting than you might have realised!

Kaelynn, I love the colour ideas you have chosen, and also that you are going to make the lattice denser. I'm going to try to do it in waves but denser too... don't want bits of me falling out  Embarrassed  I'll find a headress pic and put it on a beading or jewellery forum somewhere  Smiley I'll let you know

I for one one would really appreciate WIP pics - especially as a fairly new starter, it would give me a good feeling for how others work their felt. But I'm not sure where we would put our pics, on here or on a seperate link, maybe Jane could create a place for us?

I'm really excited too, going to start on Tuesday weather permitting! I'm also a bit excited as well, because I've just noticed that this is my 15th post... so according to what I've read I can  now do swaps... Woo! Not that I will yet but I like the fact I can  Grin     

A random question.. does anybody else ache like hell the day after doing all that rolling? 

3  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: wet felted Owl bag on: August 29, 2009 01:29:05 PM
I absolutely adore him, he (i assume its a he?!) really is so full of life! The beard is great but I really like the way it looks like it started as a pixie hat  -  you have a shapeshifting bag lol! Once I have more time I'd love to try this, I enjoy having lots of bags, you could have a different friend on your shoulder everydayc Grin I definitely like how funtional it is but I've got a question... Do you find things get stuck in the bottom? I can imagine finding little treasures and loose change in the bottom months on, lol! Thatd be great to rely on though...  Cool
4  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Next felt-along? on: August 29, 2009 01:19:51 PM
Hellooo, back again after one hell of a hectic week! Good to see more people are interested - *Go Kaelynn* for kicking it off :-)

I've decided what I'm doing! I've got a week or so free through september so my plans are to do the lattice scarf. I'm going to try to turn something simple into a little something grander... I'm going to make a super super huge lattice square and then use a simple dress pattern to turn it into a long heavy dress. I'll do it in the colours allowed for the international day of felt so I canstrap it to a pole for that, but I can wear it in the evening for a fancy dress party I'm off to. I'll be the balefire faery! Might even make a hat if I have time... might as well go the whole hog, eh?  Grin

Luvelycritter - I know you probably have looked already, but have you given ebay a go? I got loads from there, theres loads of sellers, fair prices and some gorgeous colours! Or you could try home dying? Acid dyes are fairly reasonably priced, and its great mixing it up in a massive pot on the stove - I feel a bit like a mad scientist, or like I'm stirring up some hocus pocus lol

Has anyone started anything yet?x
5  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Next felt-along? on: August 13, 2009 10:25:11 AM
Kaelynn - I think we may be alike lol - just want to try everything lol!

I think I'll do the lattice scarf anyway for October (might try and make a cloak so I can feel like a salamander stalking about!). The glass bead thing sounds mad, I'd love to try that but think I need to get better at the basics before attempting that! I like the idea of the hat over a resist. I like the tutorial as well. Maybe we could do that then?

Thankyou for the congratulations and good luck  Smiley . I've not felted anything for the wedding but I've crafted lots! My friend and I made the dress from a chinese brocade that I had made with phoenixes. Its a gay wedding - so I didn't want dragons on the dress as they signify the male side of things lol. I also made a huuuuge headpiece from lots of beads and dangly things - the whole lot is in teal. I'm very excited lol! And I'm going to Australia for nearly 6 weeks in December - Cairns, Brisbane and Sydney. Can't wait!!

Jane that sounds fascinating! I've been interested in Japanese history for a long time, since my uncle married into a Japanese family. I love the history of fabrics and the social structures that were in place to make sure only certain people wore certain patterns etc. What a lovely plan to have to move there! I hope you love it!

6  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Next felt-along? on: August 11, 2009 02:42:57 AM
Kaelynn I'm definitely still up for it! Its a shame there isn't more people who are free to get involved but we could still do something..?

And Jane, going to Japan sounds fantastic, is it for a festival or working break? Well maybe we could make it a felting challenge/felt along to go with the fire theme? What do you think? We could follow an old felt along with the idea to use it for the October challenge? Or is that too confusing?

Or Kaelynn - we could choose something ourselves and follow something simple but make it a little more grand as we go along? I don't know - I'm such a nube - I'm not entirely sure how these things work, but I'm open to anything! I just recieved a whole load (about 4Ib) of wool as a gift and I've got a dying kit for just less than that so any theme is fine by me.

Ooh, I'm excited lol! I'm getting married next week so after getting back I'll have a load of free time too. Be good to have something to fill in the time that I've been spending flapping about like a mad woman!

7  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Felted goodness! Seaweed scarf, bunting and balls... on: August 09, 2009 02:38:57 AM
Wow love that scarf! Will have to try that myself .. I have a load of roving left from something else and could die it mad colours... hmmm     :-)

I love the fact that you teach the kids at school, thats really cool. I wish I had had a teacher like you lol! My mum works with kids that have very poor motor skills, most of the kids are really disabled, and the school is especially set up for them. Mum has to be so careful what she brings in to do with them, but she is thinking of getting them to do tiny bits of flat wet felting to help with their movement skills. Then I can take all their little squares and sew them together into a blanket which they can curl up in for when they have to sleep. Just thought I'd share lol. Its really nice to know that children are learning crafts and skills that seem to be forgotton in regular curriculums... Go you!

And the bunting is really sweet, and a wicked idea for your baby! Good luck with the pregnancy - I'm sure your child will be born into a world of beautiful crafts lol! xxxxxxxxxxxx
8  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Next felt-along? on: August 04, 2009 12:41:40 PM
Just to confirm I am definitely still up for a felt along! Just wanted to register my interest again! Be good to follow something properly. Thanks xx
9  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Wil wearing gloves affect wet felting? Also, help on smooth edges on: July 20, 2009 11:13:12 AM

I'm still quite new to felting but found that if I use those scratchy nylon gloves that you use for exfoliating your skin they work really well because they create so much friction. I put them on after everything is wet (or the dry wool tops just get stuck to them) and then just work it as normal. Especially when doing felted rope or dreads it works really well and helps to felt really tightly.

Just don't use ones already used on your skin, think that might be a bit nasty lol :0)

Hope thats of some use? If its just the dye latex gloves should be fine but I found you can't feel the felt properly and things get all slippery. Maybe you could put exfoliating gloves on top of latex - so they are waterproof but you still have grip?

Like I said I'm still learning but it is strange how obsessive you become once you find something that works lol

10  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Next felt-along? on: July 13, 2009 12:05:09 PM
I'm new to this as well, and like you have been a bit of a lurker! I've done a few bits now but find the whole thing really relaxing. The muscles in me bum were aching a bit after the first day of blind rolling though! I've done a bit of knitting and sewing but this is definitely more fun - it isn't quite so repetitive and you can see things taking shape quicker.

I'd really love to join in with a felt along. I think as a newbie it would get me going and motivate me loads, and to have some of the more experienced felters in on it would be rather enlightening, methinks!. So whatever happens I just thought I would voice my interest!

Cheers Karen, I was looking out for a post like this! I'll be watching to see what happens!

Take care xxx
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