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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Mr. Panda and the (not-felted) giants on: June 13, 2012 06:47:49 AM
Thank you again Harlan! I KNEW there is a proper way to attach the top hat!  Cheesy I will try to use your tip and see if it can be fixed. That is, IF I can find out where the giants have hidden Mr. Panda  Lips sealed
2  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Mr. Panda and the (not-felted) giants on: June 06, 2012 10:41:55 AM
Thank you Belladune  Cheesy

I made a mistake with Mr. Panda. Panda should have black arms. But it was too late when I realized that... Also the red hat is supposed to be a top hat. It took me an hour to get the right shape, but then I don't know how to attach it to Mr. Panda's head. So I added some more red fiber around the edge and oops... It looked so weird but I cannot fix it Lips sealed
3  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Chibi A_Dori_Ball on: June 06, 2012 10:29:00 AM
THanks!!! I ended up making some more:


What a happy family! The right-most 2 are drop-dead adorable!  Cheesy

BTW, is the grass base also felted?
4  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ideas for upcoming Felting Challenge! on: June 06, 2012 10:26:25 AM
I'm new to felting but this does sound fun  Smiley

Not sure if you had these themes before, but I'm thinking... Maybe landscape felting? Either 3D or on fabric. Or maybe felting a miniature of your own house?  Wink
5  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Mr. Panda and the (not-felted) giants on: June 06, 2012 06:51:50 AM
First, I want to thank Harlan for teaching me great tricks of needle felting. They are very helpful! Thank you thank you!

I'm very new to needle felting. Mr. Panda is my 4th project so far. Because of the giants in my house, the other 3 didn't end up well (RIP Ms. Sheep, Miss Hedgedog, and Mr. Polar bear). I hope Mr. Panda can survive longer...  Roll Eyes

Meet Mr. Panda. He is size of a quarter  Cheesy

Mr. Panda's first encounter with the giants. As expected, the giants showed great interest in him. Not good, not good.

Giant #1: Oh, new victi... eh, I mean, new friend...  Tongue

Giant #2: Hummm... Let's see, what shall I do to you... Cool
6  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Newbie asking a question on reducing "loose fuzz" on: May 31, 2012 11:06:26 AM
Thank you thank you for the tip! Now you saved my brush and the extra bucks I was planning to spend on foam  Grin How come they don't print this tip on the clover brush package! Going off to cut my dad's shirt now  Roll Eyes
7  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Using core batting on: May 31, 2012 10:14:53 AM
Yingying - it sounds as if you purchased wool batting that has been treated and/or bonded. Check around for woolen mills and look at their batting - for comforters it is usually about 3" thick (very fluffy). It's wonderful stuff!!!

Could be. The one I bought is said for making quilts and baby blankets. And it's a HUGE roll! I still don't know what I gonna do with the rest. LOL. I'm not sure if we have woolen mills in Toronto, put I will look around.

BTW, how can you tell if your needle is dull? When the wool felt slower than normal?
8  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Review of REVERSE/INVERTED Barbed Felting Needles on: May 31, 2012 10:10:09 AM
Thanks for the review! It's very thorough and well structured  Smiley

The idea of reverse felting is interesting, but I can't think of any project that will need that effect. Maybe a molded bread?  Grin
9  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Newbie asking a question on reducing "loose fuzz" on: May 31, 2012 10:03:04 AM
Thanks again Harlan for the great tips and book info! I guess I will need more practice to digest all these  Wink

When just starting most needle felters work on a foam pad - that's fine for starting out, but it is not the best work surface (a Clover brush mat is).
I have the clover brush mat and I'm not sure if I like it. When I roll my object over, I feel like the wool is sticking with the brush so it becomes a bit more fuzzy. Not sure if the same will happen with foam pad? Also I like to make tine tiny stuff, so when the piece is too small (like the ears or thin legs), they fall between the brush strand after a few stabs. So I'm considering to buy a small foam pad for tiny pieces. But I can see the brush would be very handy in felting a pattern on a sheet.

We all bleed when we're first learning and I still jab myself now and then (not like the early days though)! lol!!
Well, that's good news and bad news... I already got jabbed quite a few times, so glad to know I'm not the only one! But I was hoping it will stop when I'm experienced... Oh well, let's see. Anyway, at least being jabbed by a felting needle is not as bad as by a stitching needle  Grin

PS: Craftylittlemonkey, your gnome is cute! Cheesy
10  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Using core batting on: May 30, 2012 12:06:56 PM
I've tried both wool batting and polyster fiber (they sell it as cushion filling), and I think polyster fiber works better for me Smiley The batting is kinda dense and I have hard time pulling off a piece and I have to loosen it after I got a piece off. Polyster fiber is more fluffy to begin with, but I think my final product using polyster fiber as core is lighter than the ones made with wool batting core. It's a pity because I do like the heavy feeling :/
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