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271  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making tiny details (beaks/ears/tails) on: November 11, 2013 05:04:36 AM
white glue huh? I haven't heard of anyone doing that and my gut reaction is "no". I don't think it is necessary and that there are other/better solutions. I have used a spot of glue to hold glass eyes in place, but that glue will never be seen or touched.

I think it would make better archival sense to just properly wet felt very small detail parts such as beaks. There are natural limitations to how small we can easily make objects with felting needles - size of the needles and placement of the barbs. Wet felting can create objects of good integrity that are even smaller because wet felting also employs shrinkage as part of its mechanism.

I have seen many fiber artist use polymer clay for small details such as claws and noses - I think that makes more sense than using something like white glue.
272  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making tiny details (beaks/ears/tails) on: November 10, 2013 04:20:12 AM
Glad to be of some help.

I wouldn't tear the fiber into extremely short lengths - you need at least some length to be able to tangle. 1/2" probably will still work.

The picture of the fiber - that is what I call "rope". Those fibers have been drum carded to stretch the fiber and to have the fibers run parallel to one another - excellent for spinning, not so ideal for needle felting, but a very handy form for the fiber. Almost all the fiber I use in my work comes in "rope balls".

Rather than folding your fibers over, mess them up. I like to use 2 wire dog brushes to card fibers - if you use them just enough, you mess up the fibers nicely. If you card with them for too long, you end up just realigning the fibers again.
273  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making tiny details (beaks/ears/tails) on: November 09, 2013 05:52:09 AM
What fiber are you using?

A finer fiber is easier to needle felt into smaller details. Merino would be a good choice.
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How long is the staple of your fiber?

A shorter staple length is helpful when making small objects. If necessary, you can tear your fiber into shorter lengths to make it easier to needle felt.
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What form is your fiber in? Are you using natural locks or fiber that has been drum carded to stretch and align the fiber to run parallel to one another?

If you're using drum carded fiber (I call that rope), tearing the fiber into smaller pieces and carding it with wire dog brushes can also be helpful. The idea is to break up that parallel alignment of the fiber. Messy fiber is half way to felted fiber.
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What needles are you using?

When working with small quantities of fiber, a finer needle (such as a #42) would be the best choice.
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Where are the barbs on your finest needle?

Knowing where the first barb is on your needles is helpful.
On a good needle the first barb should be positioned close to the point of the needle.  The closer that first barb is to the point, the more "work" it will do in a small object. You also won't need to thrust the needle in as far into the fiber.
You want to hold your needle so that barb will be closest to the surface of your fiber.
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Rolling small quantities of fiber between your finger and a *slightly* dampened palm is more effective than just rolling the fibers in a dry hand.


Hope some of those tips will be helpful! =^..^=
274  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Wool Felted Dryer Balls on: November 07, 2013 04:03:08 AM
These are Fun!!!  Cheesy Cheesy I've made up dryer balls as well. A great way to use up scraps of fiber left from other projects.

You don't really need to go through the process of dry felting/wet felting/dry felting - dryer balls will naturally become more felted with use in the dryer. Just making them larger than you eventually want them to be works fine! =^..^=
275  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Wool Felted Soap on: November 06, 2013 03:52:42 AM
Those are very nice!! Much prettier than other felted soaps I have seen!! =^..^=
276  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Celtic Knot Bird Cuff on: October 31, 2013 08:24:25 AM
Thank You!!!!

That brightens my day!!  Cheesy Cheesy =^..^=
277  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Celtic Knot Bird Cuff on: October 30, 2013 05:31:21 AM


Sorry to not have been around much of late. We've had some life altering losses in our family recently.

I made this cuff in September. Loosely inspired by Book of the Kells. I love celtic knots! I'm working on a celtic knot deer, but that will have to wait until I finish the preparations for the workshop I'm teaching in November.
278  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: It's a Boy! Needle felted Gender reveal pumpkin on: October 04, 2013 04:28:09 AM
What a thoughtful and cute gift!!! =^..^=
279  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Running Cheetah Cuff on: September 21, 2013 11:53:32 PM


Another cuff experiment. I think the octopus is more effective perhaps because the head can be positioned in the center of the design. I ended up using snaps for the closure on this piece and I also ended up adding some more black seed beads on the black stripes at the end of the tail.
280  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: wet felt and sea glass candle votive on: September 21, 2013 05:11:18 AM
THat's very neat!!!  Wink Wink =^..^=

I do hope it makes it too its new home!!!
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