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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Needle felting and glue on: April 13, 2008 04:11:46 PM
Have you tried rubbing them with a ziploc-type baggie?  If I roll mine around with just my bare hands they end up pretty fuzzy, but the baggie seems to smooth em out.  Could just be me in need of some lotion on my hands though : )
2  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: a stupid newbie w/ 3 questions on: April 13, 2008 04:07:18 PM
1.  I've never heard of anyone altering a sewing needle to make it suitable for felting...I doubt it though since the shape and length are different.  Felting needles aren't expensive and your best bet is to buy a pack of 'em. 

2.  Neither have I...I've seen some at Joanne's, but never bought from there.  I get my wool from a local spinning shop and eBay, same for the needles.

3.  The foam is to protect your sensitive bits when jabbing the wickedly sharp needle through the wool.  It's optional though and I use mine about half the time.  It is nice to have and also not expensive (got it at Walmart, sewing section).

Always happy to answer questions if I can  Smiley
3  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Wanting to try it on: April 12, 2008 02:31:36 PM
Probably the same way you would with any softie, with needle and thread through the head (poor wee guys), but I've never tried it myself...I always felt eyes on mine.  Somebody else know?
4  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Using carding brushes on: April 12, 2008 02:28:31 PM
THANKS!   That was exactly what I was looking for...you da best! Grin
5  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Wanting to try it on: April 11, 2008 08:56:31 PM
1 oz is plenty to try it out with, or you might want to drop down to 1/2 oz of a few different colors.  Believe me, the more colors you have to play around with, the better.  I've bought from Winderwood Farm on eBay before and had nothing but good experiences and he sells small bundle packs of colors if you decide to go that route.
6  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Wanting to try it on: April 11, 2008 06:37:54 PM
*WARNING*  This craft is extremely addicting.  *WARNING*

That said, welcome to felting!!  How much wool you should buy is kind wide open for suggestion.  It depends on whether you're wanting to try wet felting or needle felting or both and what kind of projects you're planning on starting with.  Most wet felting projects require more wool, though you can start out with some smaller things like beads which don't.  For needle felting, very little wool is needed to begin.  You can get small variety packs of colors on eBay and from online shops that would be good to just start playing with if you don't have a particular project in mind yet. 

Search on eBay for "wool roving".  For needle felting, I like corriedale and merino, and for wet felting just merino.  That's personal preference, others may prefer something else.  For needle felting, you'll need, of course, needles.  Search eBay for "felting needles".  I recommend a set of coarse and a set of fine.  There are more grades than that, but I got mine on eBay labeled that way and those mostly do what I need.  Not absolutely necessary but nice for needle felting is a foam pad of some kind to put the work on and not stab yourself.  I got a pack of foam from Walmart for maybe 4 bux with 4 pieces 1" thick.  For wet felting, you need something to lay the wool down on and roll it up in for the fulling process...I use either a reed shade from the Lowes clearance section or a piece of bubble wrap, depending on how big my project is.  Also, find a piece of netting big enough to cover whatever project you're doing.  Old lace curtains work well too.

You might consider buying a kit if you're interested in needle felting.  There are some really good ones out there and it's a quick and easy intro without having to pick out supplies.  That's what I did and ended up with a really decent, satisfying result my first try.  Though, of course, that does cost more.

I'm probably forgetting something, but honestly, I'm needle felting in between reading posts right now and using just some wool and one needle and the job is getting done just fine.  Though my fingers hurt in a few places Roll Eyes

Oh yeah...patience.  You definitely need some patience.  Gotta get me some of that myself.  Good luck/have fun!
7  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Using carding brushes on: April 11, 2008 05:57:43 PM
Does anybody know where I can find good clear instructions with pictures or even maybe I hope a video of how to use carding brushes properly?  I've been using kitty brushes to blend my colors and it works *okay*, but I don't think I'm doing it quite right.  Any suggestions?
8  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: February-March felt along - wet felting with a resist *PICTURES ADDED* on: April 10, 2008 10:31:13 AM
Awesome!  I haven't done a feltalong yet but I've got an idea to try fingerless gloves for this one.  It's a little late in the year for it, but I can always save em for next winter.  I'll let ya know how (if) they turn out!
9  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Needle felted miniature birds and mouse on: April 10, 2008 10:13:59 AM
Thanks guys! 

The bitty mouse is my favorite too...he was the fastest/easiest to make and I was a weebit surprised when he actually looked like a mouse  Roll Eyes He's a tiny little bugger and I kept dropping him and having to search in the cracks of my wood floor.

Yup, they're needle felted wool.  Nope, no tweezers.  Yup, I poked me fingers repeatedly. 

They're intended for a dollhouse or mini garden scene, but I really dig the pendant idea.  Plotting this evening's craft...

Jayneysews, tell your daughter to try some!  Just start with a poof of wool about the size of a quarter and poke poke poke until it's bird shaped.  This takes a while, but gently shaping with first a coarse needle and then a fine one until it's just right really pays off.  Then roll two pieces of wool into balls about the size of a seed bead and wiggle into the head with the needle until it sticks for eyes.  Roll another tiny piece into a snake with a bit of fluff left on the end and gently poke into the beak area.  Follow that up with a shower and a shave (a snip with some tiny scissors to reduce fuzzies and a little hot water and dish soap rubbed gently on the main portion of the bird to smooth it out).  Post pics please if she does some!! 
10  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Needle felted miniature birds and mouse on: April 08, 2008 07:30:39 PM
I've just started felting again after a long break and these are my latest mini items.  A robin, bluebird, raven (or crow) and teeny tiny mouse.  I love mini stuff  Grin  The birds are about an inch long and the mouse is 3/8" tall, all from merino.

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