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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Folded Fabric Flower pin/hair clip tutorial on: February 10, 2005 01:12:31 AM
Here's my first try at the flower pins:

I'm sure I'm doing something wrong though because I've got raw edges in the back that I sorta sewed ( pretty badly) and is now covered by a little white cardboard disk to hide the mess. But I'm definitely going to practice once I get my hands on some pretty fabric.
Thanks for the tutorial!
12  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tutorial: Felt beads on: January 27, 2005 02:04:36 PM
It seems that JodiJean's post has been deleted, so my reply to her made no sense anymore.
13  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tutorial: Felt beads on: January 22, 2005 03:49:07 AM
Elwood, I'd say 10$CA isn't bad for 100 gramms. It's about the same prices I've seen around in North America. I came accross this other source for mixed bags of Corriedale wool, starting at 5.95 US$ I think.
www.fantasycrafts.com Wool batts would work perfectly as well. (It's wool that has been carded and looks more like.. quilt batting, or fiberfill, as opposed to roving that has been carded in more a rope-like structure.)

Rachelyra, this page has some orangey/yellow beads. It shows how to make variegated beads. (I find their instructions a bit complicated/confusing though, but I thought you might like the idea)
14  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tutorial: Felt beads on: January 21, 2005 03:10:51 PM
Elwood, I use stretch cord for most of my bracelets, thus eliminating the need for clasps. As for the earings, I super-glued the beads to the metal post, and so far the pair I made for myself has held up pretty well, and it's been a few months. Maybe someone else can recommend a stronger glue? I keep hearing about e6000 or something like that and it sounds like though glue. It's not available where I live though so I can't tell you for sure.

Rachelyra.... oh a wedding dress with felt beads embroidered, and felt dreads! I wanna see! Please post pictures after your big day! ( and congratulations by the way!) What color are you making your dreads?

Cimba, Thanks! You should try it, it's really easier than it might seem sometimes, + felt is soooo soft and lightweight, once you try it, you never go back... Wink
15  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tutorial: Felt beads on: January 14, 2005 03:16:28 PM
ShiningStar, you don't need to create holes, you just use a sewing needle to thread them. They're really soft, it's just like sewing through a piece of felt.
Stargirl, I'm not sure what  peyote  stitch is. To be honest I just make up the patterns as I go, but a friend of mine told me it looks like the technique used to make those woven seed beads bracelets with patterns. Okay that wasn't really helpful was it? I can't seem to find the proper translation for what I mean to say  Undecided
16  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: felt scraps to cool to ditch, too small to sew on: January 12, 2005 09:30:52 AM
I'm sure you can't make felt balls/beads out of them. This would only work with raw wool. If I had these I'd probably try to sew them side by side with a zigzag stich using contrasting color thread. It would be a bit like a patchwork of felted pieces. It looks cool in my mind anyways! How big are your scraps?
17  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tutorial: Felt beads on: January 06, 2005 03:28:48 AM
Alice in chains, Nope that's not going to work. The felt you already have is probably synthetic felt. Only wool (or animal fibers) has the properties to felt. Polyester wool is made with barbed needles (felting needles, thoudands of them) poking in and out of the fibers to tangle them. there's no water or soap involved.
But don't despair and check your local yarn store; they might have some carded wool. Or if there's a spinning supplies store nearby, they'd certainly have it.
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: my first bag! oh yes.. its deck. on: January 03, 2005 02:51:30 PM
Nice! Are the big rings metal bracelets?
It reminds me of some bags from bittersweetgenevieve that I covet...
Great Job!

(I like the text on the blue fabric as well)

19  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tutorial: Felt beads on: January 03, 2005 02:46:19 PM
Ah Rebel, that one's tough! I never purchase wool in ounces! The imperial system is a nightmare for me, but I tried a conversion website, and  it gives me 200g = about 7 oz, that's the weight of a medium sized handbag, like this one .
A bead doesn't weigh much though, it won't even make a difference on my letter scale!

When I first started buying wool, I liked assorted packs with a lot of different colors in it. I got some off ebay (can't remember the seller's ID), and I think outback fibers makes sampler packs as well now.  And I got a bunch of natural (white) wool that I dye myself, so that I have more freedom with the color choices.
Off course I'd recommend you check local farms as well. Personally I really prefer buying from local and smaller businesses where I know the sheeps are treated well.

Also, go for merino or corriedale, or similar fine wools because they felt much faster than coarse wools. Wool that's too white might not felt well because of the harsh treatments it goes through since it's necessarily bleached. Not to mention that's it's not eco-friendly.
I like to know what kind of dyes the farmer uses on the wool as well, and I really try to go for organic/plant dyes as well, but again, that's an issue I'm pretty concerned about  but I don't want to sound like I'm lecturing   Wink

20  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tutorial: Felt beads on: January 03, 2005 11:06:06 AM
Emy, the soap is usefull in feltmaking for 2 things:
Its PH helps to open up the scales on the wool fiber's surface. They tangle with friction and then lock. Moisture and heat do this as well, soap just does it further.
It acts as a lubricant when you felt so you don't disturb the fibers too much and they stay where you want them to be.
That said,  a neutral PH soap like dove won't help in the PH factor, and a soap that doesn't lather much won't be very good either.
Now I'm a felter so I've got my hands in soapy water a lot, so I try to use a soap that doesn't damage my skin too much. I try to stay away from using detergents like dish soap all the time because they're harsher on the skin and the environment. (though they make great foam and fast!)  And I like soaps that have a discreet scent too because the smell will stay in the wool no matter how much I rinse and I don't like that.

Wow, I wonder how much more I can write about soap!
A lot of fellow american felters use Ivory. I never have though so I can't vouch for it...

rabid.dustbunny let me know about that shop if you remember it, my parents have a beach house in St Nazaire, so I'm very likely to spend some time around there next summer...

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