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31  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Mr Rex, felted T-rex on: June 10, 2016 06:14:06 AM
Looks like a great Father's Day gift!!!!  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
32  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Wool fiber sources on: June 10, 2016 06:13:18 AM
My friend is in Latvia, but I was given the strong impression that the lower cost wasn't related to her specific country.
33  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Wool fiber sources on: June 09, 2016 07:23:06 AM
4 oz. of wool costs me about $8 from Mielke's Fiber Arts. They've always had great prices and excellent quality!
I've also bought fiber in bulk from a variety of places - usually "specialty" fiber rather than the Merino of which I use a lot. I'm trying to make arrangements when one of my friends in Europe to buy short fiber Merino batts  for me as she can get that a lot cheaper than I can in the States.
I have dyed fiber and personally prefer to stay away from doing too much of that. 

34  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Wet-felted Cat Cave Beds on: June 07, 2016 07:03:00 AM
YAY!!!! The cats look very happy so that means you did a purrfect job!!!! =^..^=

I've been wanting to make cat caves for my cats!! One of these days I'll give it a try!!
35  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Daydream on: May 27, 2016 06:37:46 AM
BEAUTIFUL OWL!!!! Lots of character and very nicely done!!!  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

I'm not fond of your background on this one. I think it competes with your focal (the owl) and that isn't what a background is supposed to do (please forgive me - I'm an oil painter of 45 years experience so when I look at a painting whether it is fiber or oil, I analyze it from that experience - it doesn't make me right - it's just my opinion).

36  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Chinese Dragon Bracelet on: May 27, 2016 06:29:32 AM
I love all the wearable felted art you keep coming up with, Harlan! The dragon integrated into the bracelet pieces is also ingenious! I hope to see more clever accessories from you Smiley

Me too!!! LOL!!!

Thank you very much!!! It's sort odd how I got into doing jewelry, but it is interesting!!

I still want to do a couple more dragon bracelets. I've just been swamped with other work for the time being!! =^..^=
37  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best felting surfaces on: May 27, 2016 06:27:27 AM
I understand that some felters like a big work surface, but you really can only work on a small area at a time so the brush mat really is large enough to do just about anything!!  The Falcor I did is 30 + odd inches - all of that was done on a 3" x 6" brush mat!

I worked on foam pads when I started. I went through several the first year. I'm still on my old brush mat and it can go another 10 or 20 years!!

The energy you expend every time you thrust your needle is used to do what you want when working on a brush mat. When you are working on a foam pad, part of that energy is being used to compress the foam pad which isn't something that improves the action you are taking - it's the nature of the foam pad - it makes you waste energy!

Every thrust of a needle into a foam pad is breaking that foam pad down. There are two basic types of foam: open cell and closed cell - It may take a while, but the needles are destroying the structure of the foam and it will get weaker and weaker over time. Eventually you do have to replace it.

=^..^=
38  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Lucky - Cat Portrait on: May 22, 2016 06:40:46 AM
Thank you!!! =^..^=

Was informed recently by the lady for whom I did this portrait that she had learned that Lucky had passed away. We're all saddened by the news. She and her mom are doubly glad to have his sculpture portrait.
39  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Rupert the bunny. on: May 20, 2016 07:03:38 AM
Rupert is a very fine rabbit!!!!  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy =^..^=

I've used both glass and plastic eyes on different projects. I've also felted eyes as well.  Sometimes one works better than another! Wink
40  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: A hedgehog. Cause there's never too many hedgies. on: May 20, 2016 07:00:55 AM
Such a sweet expression on his face!!!!! SUPER!!!  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy =^..^=
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