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1  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Local Crafters in Havering/Essex?? on: July 04, 2009 01:14:00 PM
Hi there  Smiley

New to craftster but it is already my favourite site, had no idea it was such a big community!

I'd like to find groups or courses or just some friends that would like to meet who enjoy felting, knitting, clothesmaking or crochet. I'm new to felting, although really enjoying it and I've been knitting a while.

My problem is motivation - I work night shifts and so can't learn as quickly as I'd like to, and often just sit stagnating on my days off. If I had plans to other people I would be a lot stricter on myself, lol!

If anybody is interested in meeting up or chatting to either learn together, help me along the way or accept my very limited knowledge then I'd love meet you!

I live in romford which is south east london

Thankyou, and eagerly awaiting response lol xxx
2  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / first felt anything - jangly bag! on: July 04, 2009 12:29:14 PM
Hi there!

I tried my first wet felt as a random square to see what would happen - I didn't want to try any real project before I knew what I'd end up with. Then I wanted to see what I could do with my random square so I folded it up into a bag shape and got me sewing kit out!

A little self-deprecation: I know it isn't great but its my first attempt  Undecided so I will get better with practice - its not terribly firm but the more I use it the firmer it gets?

I was looking for something to do with a load of old costume jewellery so I attached a load of bits and know I jangle, lol! I like the fact tht the big button is an old nipple ring  Wink

I died the middle with kool aid and the pale pink with food dye.

The link is:



I hope this works, I'm a bit of a technophobe!
Whaddya think? Cheers xx
3  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Local Felters? on: June 30, 2009 09:01:52 PM
Hello!

Just wanted to apologise for my first post, realised after lurking around for a bit that all the dreadlock questions must bug some people on this forum. So.. sorry! Have to say though, I managed to felt a whole load of dreads pretty well and have found a new passion in felting. So not all bad!

I really want to try my hand at making a throw/rug for my front room. Nothing mad or too big - I'm new to this but was wondering if there were any local felting clubs or groups in my area I could join in with? I live in Romford (cringe) but I'm pretty near to most parts of London.

I also have a question regarding dying. I have a load of wool tops that my rather indulging partner bought me as she sensed a new passion coming on but its all white. I died my dreads with kool aid (couldn't resist) and got some good colours once they had felted. With a larger flatter piece though do I need to dye the fiber before felting or after?

My apologies again but this time for being an obvious waffler  Smiley

Kind thoughts

x
4  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Hi there, newbie with questions! on: June 19, 2009 07:43:21 AM
Hello, new on here, although loving reading peoples' posts already! I have a question though...

I have worn synthetic dreads before and I'm getting married in August so want to have something special for my hair. I would love to have them about knee length but I think synthetic hair (I just use kanekelon) will possibly be far too heavy and a git to make so I will end up either scalped or the joins breaking. I don't seem to be able to make synthetic hair longer than one meter for double ended dreads.

Anyhoos, I've read that felted wool is very light to wear and can give more bulk. I'm wearing a Chinese dress from the Edo period and I like the idea of my hair matching (some looped up and some left dangling down my back) but I don't want them to be too heavy. Has anyone ever done them that long? And how was the weight? And finally if it was too heavy, any suggestions too make them lighter?

Its only for a couple of days and after the wedding I can just lop them off at a shorter length. I'm a bit of a scruff bag normally anhyhow.

Any ideas or suggestions would be great and truly appreciated!

Many thanks, Hazel x

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