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41  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 =^..^=
42  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best felting surfaces on: May 19, 2016 01:13:56 PM
BEST surface for needle felting is a BRUSH MAT -

It doesn't fall apart over time. It doesn't have that "bounce" which can contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome. Because it does not compress when you needle, you have greater control, and it takes less effort to needle felt.

You should cover it with a piece of flannel so that the bristles do not grab the fiber. The flannel will need to be replaced from time to time, but that's a lot cheaper than a foam pad.

Clover makes a nice brush mat that is about 3" x 6" - I've been using mine for 9 years now - maybe longer. I'm still using the same brush mat - I clean it out regularly (use something like a thin knitting needle to help remove the fibers that do end up down in the bristles).

THere are other companies also making brush mats for needle felting now too.
Only way to go!!!
43  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Mr Steampunk Pirate Fox on: May 17, 2016 08:29:49 AM
WHat a fun piece!!! I love foxes and steampunk!! Great combination!!!  Cheesy Cheesy =^..^=
44  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Inspired by Polymer Clay - Felted Necklace on: May 13, 2016 11:54:14 AM
And another variation:

Originally I was going to make handmade felt heishi to go all the way around the neck. I may do that for another piece, but I wanted to move on with this one. =^..^=
45  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Wire and Fiber Brooch on: May 06, 2016 06:18:34 AM
THANK YOU!!! What a nice way to start off the day!!!  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

46  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Wire and Fiber Brooch on: May 02, 2016 06:06:54 AM
Thank you!!!  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

Wire wrapping - on the burnt sienna wire you can see spaces between some of the coils which shouldn't be there. Funny thing is, the finer wire is easier to wrap than the thicker gauge wire, but it is easier to get that tight wrap with the thicker gauge.

I need to get back to a bobbin necklace, but I have been enjoying these brooches. Sketched out several more variations in construction last night. Will see what wins out when I get to my craft room - bobbins or brooches!! Wink =^..^=
47  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Wire and Fiber Brooch on: May 01, 2016 12:46:24 PM

Another experiment. =^..^=
48  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Wire and Fiber Brooch on: May 01, 2016 06:48:50 AM

The decorations were punched out of a felt cloth I made the day before.
I do need to improve my wire wrapping skills! Wink =^..^=
49  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Wire and Fiber Brooch on: April 30, 2016 06:40:25 AM
Thank you!!!!  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

I really like the contrast of metal with fiber! =^..^=
50  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Wire and Fiber Brooch on: April 29, 2016 07:06:42 AM

Latest experiments from my craft table - working with wire and fiber to create brooches. =^..^=
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