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1  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?
2  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.

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Building a house and get to do anything I want with it...help? on: February 27, 2008 01:10:33 PM
I need crafty, crazy, whimsical, outdoorsy ideas for my house!!

Here's the deal:  Husband of mine is building us a tiny octagon house of my design.  It's SMALL, as in less than 500 sqft small.  He's got about...oh...(checks the baby timer) 3 months to have it move-in-able.  I've got all the time in the world (hehe...right, we'll discuss that with the 6-yo and the soon-to-be newborn) after that to make it home-sweet-spiffy-home. 

Help!  I don't want a boring box house with boring corners and boring walls and boring bleh....hence the octagon.  I also want to be able to throw open all the windows and doors and have the property we worked so hard to save for, find and finally finally purchase come INTO our house. 

SO.  The general theme for is "Outdoors In".  Not like a "country-garden-indoors" kind of thing, more of an "Appalachian-mountain-spirits-are-reclaiming-this-property-after-a radioactive-accident" kind of a thing.  The only absolutes in the design and decor are:

1.  The walls are going to be drywall covered with a light mossy green earth plaster...as much as I'd like to get wild and crazy with the walls (think paper mache tree trunks and branches and vines growing out of every flat surface), I want to be able to move in BEFORE the baby's born. 
2.  The windows have to be square...same as above.  Custom funky windows are time consuming to build and frame, especially when you take into account how many times I'd have to redo em...
3.  The doors have to be arched...cuz we like it like that : )
4.  The floor is going to be large stone slabs in a random mosaic. 

What I need ideas for are:  Trim & baseboards, the 2 interior doors, counters, kitchen shelves (no cabinets, too 'spensive, too boring : ), lighting, appliance makeovers, built in bookshelves, sinks, ceiling fans... pretty much anything that can be DIY, rehabbed or scrounged into our theme.  Also, any links to really unique stuff that's already made would be MUCH appreciated too.  Weird/crazy/oddball decorating suggestions also very very welcome!!  Ideas for the outside kitchen/porch/bathroom also very very good.  No idea is too small and if it's too big, I'll file it for a later addition...like once the wee one is sleeping through the night. 

Go brainstorm crazy for me please!!  I promise to post tons of pics of our homemade home and give creative credit wherever it's due.
4  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / *MATURE/ADULT* Felted sheep for Army buddy in Iraq on: May 30, 2007 12:02:43 PM
Hopefully nobody finds this too offensive...

A buddy of mine stationed in Iraq just found out his tour of duty has been extended another 6 months so he's obviously a "wee bit" down right now.  When asked if he needed anything added to a general care package we were sending he requested a sheep.  Well.  I mean come on...I couldn't help myself  Roll Eyes

He's about 3" long, needle-felted merino over wire armature.  That's the 82nd Airborne emblem tattooed on his butt BTW, my buddy's unit.

5  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Another mini...needle felted teddy bear on: April 29, 2007 09:01:46 PM
This guy is 1"...yes, I'm on a mini kick.  They're challenging in a very satisfyingly mini way.    Grin

6  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Needle felted mini bunny on: April 29, 2007 04:24:56 PM
He's tiny...only 1-1/4" long.  Needle-felted merino, done while (oh so patiently) waiting for me cat's medicine time to come up at 2 AM.  At least it's nice to be productive in the middle of the night.

7  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Felted wall hanging "Green Climber" on: April 21, 2007 10:39:05 AM
I spent about a week on this, blending the colors, laying 'em out, needling in the hopes of keeping the colors defined and then wet felting.  Some day I'm going to attempt prefelts, but they scare me for some reason  Roll Eyes  It was almost painful putting the water on the carefully needled piles of wool I'd spent 3 days getting just right...it looked pretty spiffy, all poofy and 3d, but it really wasn't solid enough to hang.  The sculpted bit up top is needlefelted over wire and then wet felted to blend.  I really had no idea how this was going to turn out at any given point, but I'm totally digging the results.  Yay!  I so freakin love felting   Grin

A closeup of some of the colors used...There was a lot of blending (using kitty brushes) involved:

For anyone who's interested in inspiration and that sort of thing, this hanging was brought on by the Nickel Creek lyrics "we lean another ladder against the wrong wall and climb high to the highest rung to shake fists at the sky".  This guy is so focused on being angry that he doesn't notice what he's accomplished in climbing so high, he doesn't even notice that he's set himself on fire in passing by the sun...he's only interested in reaching the top to shout out his futile indignation.   Okay, so it's not a happy theme, but the colors are pretty, huh?   Roll Eyes
8  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Felted butterflies on: February 27, 2007 08:24:53 AM
Alright, this is the last of what I've been felting...my dad's opening a shop selling butterfly-related crafts and asked me for some felty things.  Unfortunately, I'm not too keen on butterflies myself, so these weren't nearly as fun to make. 

This is (supposed to be) a mask...I haven't put the ties on it yet...because I'm lazy and bad at finishing things  Roll Eyes  It was wet-felted and then soaked in liquid starch to stiffen'er up.

This is (supposed to be) a pillow...I haven't sewn the wet-felted front to the fabric back yet...because I'm lazy and bad at finishing things  Roll Eyes

And finally, a monarch butterfly.  I needle felted this one and theoretically it's finished, but the backside is kinda blah looking and I haven't figured out what to do with it.  It is definitely the only one of its kind *I* will ever make.  I think it turned out all right, but it was way too much like work (ick Cheesy)

9  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Wet-felted purses on: February 27, 2007 08:10:11 AM
Here are some wet felted purses I made recently:

This is the other side of the one above...the bird is one of my little girl's drawings needled in and then wet-felted again:

Btw...please someone let me know if I'm posting too many pics or too big... Undecided
10  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / some needle-felted projects... on: February 27, 2007 08:02:26 AM
I wanted to share some of what I've been working on.  These are are all needle felted merino and I've got the wounds to prove it!

A very purple horse for my 5-yo (gee, can you guess her favorite colors?)  I'm not happy with the poor guy's legs, but I've got too short of an attention span to fix em  Roll Eyes:

A 4-way jointed bear for me ma:

A vaguely hummingbird-shaped bird...I now know the meaning of the word "painstaking".  The wings and tail feathers are individually sculpted...OUCH.  Worth it though, since it made my hubby say "Hey, how'd you get it to look like that??"  My cat there in the pic was very interested in this one (he got a taste for wool when he ran off with the bear's head).

And finally a Santa head and a doll's head...I've discovered that I REALLY don't like doing bodies, so if anyone has a body in need of a head, lemme know  Grin
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