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21  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Laminate needle felt design on wool headband & brooch on: December 21, 2006 06:24:14 AM
Have been sewing lots and not needle felting as much, but finally have a combination of sewing with needle felted design to share here.
My sister requested a neon orange polar fleece hat - wool irritates her skin. Also, unlike me, she does not relish hats.  No polar fleece in my stash.  So here is what happened:  a headband of orange wool, backed by heavy cotton chamois flannel.  Hopefully the heavy cotton flannel will keep the wool far enough away from her skin to make this comfortable and wearable.

Made spiffy by punching lime and red roving into the orange wool.  Yep used the Embellisher (home needle punch machine.)  The hairy brooch can be removed.  Have sent photos to her to see if she wants it.

Thanks for looking.
22  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Needle Felted Origin Ornaments on: November 29, 2006 03:21:37 PM
For my sister a Methodist Deaconess.  Needle felted over a styrofoam ball core. 

23  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Laminate felt design on purchased beret on: November 10, 2006 01:02:45 PM
Needle punched (using hand felting needles and baby lock Embellisher) the rose design directily into a wool beret. Made the leaf seperately needle punching roving and a bit of viscous fiber into fulled wool jersey.  Hand sewed the beads on the leaf then hand sewed the leaf to the beret.  Used barbed needle to tack the locks in place but also secured the locks with a bit of hand sewing.  Beaded the beret center tab too. I really like it and hope you do too.  thanks

24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Wool sweater into purse on: November 05, 2006 05:43:39 AM
From raggedy sweaters and vintage fabric to chic purse

Sweater fulled in washing machine then cut to purse shape - flower design is also from fulled sweaters. 

Lining from some vintage cotton fabric - at last it found a home.
25  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Gallery for Hats from Feltalongs #8 and #9 on: September 22, 2006 11:57:41 AM
Here it is open and awaiting completed hats created during Feltalong#8 - Hats Needle felting over a 3D form, September 2006.  With tangents into wet felting components, finishing taking place in October 2006 Feltalong #9

 for guidelines and in progress photos see
Feltalong #8

Feltalong #9

Have a wonderful time entering and viewing.
26  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Felters is Challenge #15 for YOU? on: September 14, 2006 07:10:43 AM
Just a heads up --

Craft Challenge #15 - Zombies & Robots & Bears...Oh My! - Due Oct 1 - Oct 5

sounds perfect for some of you wonderful 3D felters.

Go felters Go!!
27  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Needle and Nuno felted Morning Glory Neck Piece on: September 07, 2006 05:27:10 AM
Made this for a personal swap, partner has received so now able to post.

The tatted and bead dragonflys were made by a friend here in town.  They just added a special touch to the piece.

Have entered this in the felting forum August contest.  There are also works from Enchanted Wool and Caedara in the contest - plus a bunch more.  Check them out at
http://feltingforum.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=418  and Enjoy!
28  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Feltalong #8 Needle felting over a 3D form - Hat on: September 01, 2006 07:34:06 AM
For this feltalong we will use a hat as an example of needle felting over a 3D form.   

The 3D form is a way to build shape into an item during the needle felting process.  The form will be removed leaving a hollow inside.  This technique can be to create items with open interiors such as  bags, mittens, boots, slippers, baskets, bowls.   I am showing hats, because that is what I do.  You may make a hat or any other hollow interior item.   

After the basic needle felting portion is done,  alternative methods for finishing the hat  will be addressed - enchanted wool for example finishes needled felted hats by wet felting over a hat form - she has graciously offered to share information about that in October. 

The steps will be something like this-
1.  Finding a form - buying or making one

2.  Selecting needles - tool choices - buying or making

3.  Selecting fiber - what characteristics do you desire in your hat ; choosing fiber to obtain that character

4.  Punching it out: 
      a.    Creating a base;  managing shape; keeping it an even density

      b.   Smoothing and shaping  the rim/edge

      c.   Adding design elements

5.    Finishing touches:
        a.   By needle only

        b.   Adding wet process felting to needle felted base

        c.    Steaming and shaping

Each concept/technique  will be discussed,  please share your ways, methods, ideas, ask questions, report on experiments on each concept/technique as we go along.  There are many ways to achieve good results.

 Thank you and Enjoy!

29  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Comingled Waves - Needle Felted Hat on: August 26, 2006 10:06:02 AM
Here is my  latest - totally needle felted - base is Harrisville batt (a mixed breed batt) -  Waves are rovings of various types - merino, corriedale, merino superwash.

Call me strange, but the roughness of the batt, the rawness of the needle marks, the pebbly textures appeal to me.  The hat is firm yet soft and squishable, though would not recommend rolling it up and shoving it in a pocket.  These characteristics are pretty much the same for most of the hats I make.  Is this a rut or a style?  Huh

Mostly it is fun to make and to wear them.  Thanks for looking.
30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Messenger with Saddle Bags on: August 17, 2006 09:21:14 AM
Ridding into autumn with a tweedy brown wool  Messenger Bag with saddle bags.  Vintage brown wool tweed scraps from a skirt made years ago and hoarded faithfully.  Flap and saddle bag edges trimmed with checked piping.  Vintage buttons on the flap are decorative and add weight to keep flap down without needing a snap. 

Underside of flap is green ultra suede.

Strap of interfaced wool is 36 inches long and just over two inches wide.

Thick rayon felt (the last of some fab vintage felt in my stash) was lightly quilted to the paisley print cotton lining.  Two internal pockets, one small for IDs or library card etc and one large in fall tone fruit print, lined with tan wool,  opening piped in forest green.

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