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21  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tutorial: Felt beads on: January 02, 2005 12:10:14 PM
Thank you all!
A great source for wool roving is www.outbackfibers.com They have the best colors IMO.
olenka, for the green bracelet, the beads are the same, except when I roll them between my palms, I don't try to make a perfectly round bead, so they come out a bit uneven, but that's how I like them
rabid.dustbunny , thanks for the comments on my website!  Are you a fellow Frenchie, or just good at the language?

22  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Tutorial: Felt beads on: January 02, 2005 05:57:49 AM
I originaly wrote this tutorial for the Sampler's website, but I thought some people here might be interested as well.
It's picture heavy though, so sorry for the folks on dial-up  Undecided

and here's a few picture of things I've done with felt beads:


Let me know what you think and please feel free to post pictures of your own felt jewelry!

23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: iPod cozy felting disaster on: December 30, 2004 03:19:53 PM
Hey leslie Wink, thanks for your order!
Actually you can felt pretty much any animal fiber. Sheep wool felts best, but mohair and alpaca are good too. Angora (rabits hair) felts okay too, but the resulting felt will be very fluffy and has a tendency to shed a lot. You can also felt your dog or cat's hair if you're willing to collect it first! And of course human hair felts also. That's what dreadlocks are. Felted human hair.
24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Felted handbag :) on: December 30, 2004 12:18:46 PM
Here are my personal favorites for wool roving:

www.outbackfibers.com has the best color selection
http://www.mielkesfarm.com/flt_fbrs.htm is nice as well. They have instructions as well.
and ebay's always good if you're looking for a good deal.
If you're a beginner, you might want to stick to finer wool like merino because it felts faster, and it's also much softer  Smiley
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: iPod cozy felting disaster on: December 30, 2004 12:06:25 PM
Mohair felts perfectly well. What you're lacking is agitation. heat alone won't felt anything, you need the magic combination of heat + agitation + moisture. Soap helps as well. What you want to do is get your cozy wet with hot (well as hot as you can handle) with a little dish soap added. Then you'll just have to rub it really hard. A washing board would be nice for that ( you know the old fashioned ones) or anything with a ridged surface. ( I heard some tupperware lids are good, but we don't have them here , so I can't tell you for sure).
If you don't have any of this, just rub it against itself so to speak. Just like if you were trying to wash a bad stain out of it or something, rub it between your palms etc...
This will probably make it shed and make the color bleed a bit, but it should definitly shrink/felt it.
Also temperature shock speeds up felting, so once in a while, rinse it in very cold water, and try it on your ipod to see how it fits . ( place your ipod in a sandwich bag, you don't want to let the water ruin it!)
If its not felted enough yet just wet it again and rub it some more.
It might take a while, but if your mohair yarn hasn't been treated against felting ( like "superwash") it will eventualy felt!

Let us know how it turns out!
26  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: plus sizes? on: June 22, 2004 02:16:34 PM
Regarding plus sizes cut for B cup, this is usually true.  I read somewhere recently online or in a magazine on how to cut patterns to compensate for larger bust sizes.  I wish I had made note of it.  I'll try to find it and come back to post it here.

Chic Chick

Hello I'm knew here!
Here's a link I've found helpful that shows how to alter a pattern originaly cut for a B cup. It also has other helpful information on sewing for plus sizes.
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