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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Working with color on: March 18, 2007 10:05:56 AM
I've been curious for a while about how most of the felters in this forum  solve the problem of getting just the right colors for their projects. I find that color is such an important part of how I experience and enjoy felting and it seems to never really be discussed.

Since a significant portion of my work involves a combination of needle felting and fulled sweaters, I'm often confronted with a base fabric that doesn't match any of the wool in my needle felting stash. Since I only want small quantities and I love the depth of color that you get from hand-carding color blends, I use a pair of dog brushes or cat brushes  to hand card small batches of blended colors. I use a technique very similar to the one written up in the Spring issue of Knitty.

Sometimes I will see prepared fiber at my local fiber shop and will find that some quality of the fiber, i.e. the color or blend of colors the inclusions of interesting additives, makes me think of a project that I could make with it. (more often, I look at it and start thinking of spinning it and then get it home and tuck a hand-full in my needle-felting boxes).

So, I guess I'm wondering: Do you chose colors for your projects? Do you chose projects for your colors? Do you use the fiber pretty much as it comes home from your fiber source? Do you dye? Do you blend?  Does it depend on the project?

Thanks in advance for any responses. I'm looking forward to seeing how other felters make color decisions.
2  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Elephant Puppet With Two (3?) Kinds of Felt on: February 13, 2007 09:21:21 PM
I've been meaning to post one of my puppets for a while but never seem to be able to sit down and take pictures.

I start these puppets with a sleeve from a felted sweater. I know that fulled knits aren't really topical, and I wouldn't post these here if it weren't for the fact that the felted sweater is simply a backdrop for the needle felting that I do to make eyes and other features. They really are the most important part of the project and are the focus of my work.

In this particular puppet, in addition to the needle felted eyes (and tongue which you can't see) I've wet felted tusks. I left loose fibers at the base of the tusk so that I could attach them to the puppet with needle felting and then stitched them in place to reinforce so that I wouldn't have to worry about my 2 1/2 year old daughter pulling them off when we play. (I needn't have worried, as much as she loves all of the puppets, for some reason this one doesn't grab her... or more accurately she doesn't grab it...)

Anyway. Thank you all so much for the information and inspiration. I would probably never have thought to wet felt the tusks were it not for this group and I'm not sure I would have known how to do it even if I'd thought of it.

Thank you all so much for everything that you share.
3  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / needle felted Cthulhu on: March 25, 2006 08:09:20 AM
I'm really pleased with the results of my experiments making needle felted Cthulhu sculptures.

I finished my second last night and will probably be making a few more over the next week or so to perfect the details for an article that I'm writing with instructions. I'll upate with pictures of the new one as soon as I get a chance to take some pictures.

I'd love to hear what people think of my little guy. He's made from some green roving that I got as part of a sampler pack with a drop spindle back when I thought that I'd like to learn to spin. I enjoyed him so much that I actually went and purchased a larger quantity of several different shades of marino to make more. I'm also thinking about purchasing some green Ingeo and trying that.
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