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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP~ I HAVE to know how to do THIS kind of WEARABLE ART ruffle felting on: April 13, 2010 08:01:05 AM
Ops looks lime FB doesnt keep the albums available....AT LEAST NOT AT THIS MOMENT

Here is a set OF IMAGES  to help:

sorry- not in any particular order!
2  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP~ I HAVE to know how to do THIS kind of WEARABLE ART ruffle felting on: April 13, 2010 07:31:36 AM

Dense silk is difficult/impossivle  to get the fibers to go through, using chiffon is going to be best,and you will need fine wool like Merino to have it migrate effectively. Habotai silk needs very fine Merino.

My favorite method is to lay the dry silk scarf down, then lay down the wool, in thin layers is best but even only one layer will migrate/ grab the fabric.(Unlike regular felting, where you really need the layers. If you want even ruffles on the edge, draft out the roving or top in a very straight line at least 1-2 inches in from the edge. For a more irregular ruffle, you can do a wavy line.

Once the layout is complete use ply curtain or mosquito netting to cover, then carefully use a sponge with very little soap/ detergent to wet it all down and let the rolling commence (leaving cover on for a long time too). Bubble wrap face down too!

I have an facebook album of the stages of layout and almost finished piece here:


Be prepared to roll,unroll,switching ends a heck of a lot longer than you would with no fabric! I did the fulling in the shower a few times too, then on my fulling board for a whole evening, watching TV, to bring out the ruching all the way. Be prepared for LOTS of shrinkage if you want lots of ruffles! - since you shrink in the direction you rub ( fulling time).

The above 72 in scarf barely covers my chest now! Lol But I still love how it came out!

Some artists do layout and roll 2 scarves side by side at one time, to save on time.

Good luck! Again, be sure to use open enough cloth and fine enough wool!
Best regards
3  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Felt covered Soap Gallery on: January 09, 2007 09:05:55 PM
first 4 soaps:

a few more with a sample of merino piece ( to test various ways of laying out fibers- I be still newbie here remember?)
4  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Felted Soap-Extra tips from a determined newb on: November 17, 2006 12:43:10 AM
My tenth post now, will need to read about posting images.

First four bars here:

5  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Felted Soap-Extra tips from a determined newb on: November 17, 2006 12:31:45 AM
Addendum: since I have not posted 10 times, can only post links to images, so here it is: my first 4 bars and a before one too. Trader Joes Oatmeal Honey. Hard to see but the white Wool with grey/black threads looks like it is marble! The orange mohair needs attention....learning curve in progress.

http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p152/shedata/Felting%201/soap1.jpg" border="0"

Will need to post a few more times, for images to show up!
 In the mean time...this will amuse you

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dT8XH3fYcs" target="Black Sheep Surprise">Click here for a Black Sheep Surprise</a>
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: teacher gifts? please help need ideas on: November 14, 2006 12:42:39 AM
i agree with the homemade thing - the baking idea is in keeping with that theme and good if you have a large group to give to.  Smiley

YES! How about felted soap bars? Fun and a good intro to felting- see felt along #1  and completed projects in felting forum, I just started and have posted newbie tips!
7  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Felt along no.1 - Felt covered soap on: November 14, 2006 12:38:28 AM

This is the one that'll help me
I shaved off the sharp edges of bars, with a potato peeler

I've been whittling my corners off and it can take a while to get it right
Thanks for the awesome tips Shedata!

You are welcome! I have run out of bars and have spent the evening loosely needle felting the next batch! See image of first attempt in another posting...
8  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Feted Soap-Extra tips from a determined newb on: November 12, 2006 11:47:50 AM
Hey A year late on the felt along but looks like I am not alone.

I have tons of roving/ wool bells-fiber bought by the pound for spinning that are merino, felts well, and am dyeing etc so I believe more felted soaps are in the pike for me- fun and pretty easy, once I got through the frustration. READ THE TUTORIAL FIRST< then look over my tips>!

Tips from my first day of getting it going, Tips not entirely in order:

1) Have lots of bars of soap around- this stuff is relatively fast and easy- you may want to just keep going all day! I have done other, larger projects and can vouch for this is a nice way to start with felting.

2) Carefully laying out the wool , not too thickly, in 2-3 directions works best.

3) Definitely use nylons, foot part only- (turned inside out): grab the covered bar, by first slipping the nylon all the way over your hand and then grab/onto the now wool covered bar,and carefully slip it over TIGHTLY.  to keep the wool in place.RUBBER BAND IN 2 DIRECTIONS AFTER THAT. Bar and Wool  should be VERY tight now....

4) Though not necessary, lightly tacking together by needle felting the roving ( a shape or just the long pieces of contasting colored strips, etc_) together before the wrapping up, helped keep the piece come out as planned- less traveling of fibers! You can also wrap with strips of roving but they need careful attention ( lots of initial pressure) to felt to underlying wool.

5) The tip of cover in plastic was much appreciated- didnt get overly sudsy that way.
so---AFTER placing in nylon cover and securing even more with thick rubber bands- one in each direction:
 a) I dribbled on VERY HOT WATER - just drops, barely enough to get through to the fiber
 b) Smeared the unit with soap gel (made from the corners -I shaved off the sharp edges of bars, with a potato peeler)
 c) Covered with a cheap vinyl glove ( clear) but you can use a baggie;the sealing kept extra moisiture out, so the suds didnt get so massive as to reduce the felting(too sudsy=too slippery=not felting as well)
 d) SQUEEZE for as long as you can - the soap on the OUTSIDE of the baggie helped me just keep it moving too.
 e) when it seemed rather loose and wrinkly, I kept it up for a bit longer.

 f) I gingerly unwrapped the whole shebang and could work on making sure it was holding together. Pressing and rubbing well,was Usually OK and didnt need too much more, if I had held off long enough....

Once in awhile it wasnt wet enough to begin with so I and to improvise and start over...from nylon wrapping

Back to unwrapped .....

f) I rinsed QUICKLY in HOT water to set a bit more- took a sponge cloth and rolled it up to get as much moisture back out. You could just sponge it off too,
g) I rubbed ( I have bubble pack and spa cover for this) and then SLAMMED in the sink until ......it looked and felt tighter/ OK. It gets really sudsy, so I rinsed off a final time, dried with a towel and set on dry towel to dry out.

Sorry no images- but hope my relatively newb tips can help someone. I got a few HUGE wrinkly baggy bars until I wrapped it all up and reduced the initial moisture!
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Fiber Swap Sign up by 9-10-06 and Send out by 9-28-06 EXTENDED on: September 09, 2006 10:40:22 PM
Hi ya all fiber nut lurker coming in for a hello and thks to all for the TUTs and completed projects I have been perusing during the teach-myself-wetfelting-mode, which I am currently possessed by. I really mean it- very inspirational! Not sure how often I have posted here so this is also to build my *credibility* for fiber swaps. Have raw and washed wool and handcards; decided the charm of processing the wool ( I know the sheep) has worn off, so off to neato processor/ mill so I can actually get something accomplished beyond sampling and a few booties and balloon felting . Gotta love the ...massager felting aid(aka vibrator.Anyway-currently have way to many projects in mind and / or in the works and of course that darn day job keeps getting in the way! ~cioa
10  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Wet-Felt Vessel Tutorial on: July 22, 2006 12:37:08 PM
typo alert  above should have

spraying to keep it FROM sliding..
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