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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Living Felt Tutorial? on: June 06, 2007 10:04:53 AM

I haven't taken any classes from her but Marie is wonderful. On her forum, I've seen work of people who have taken her classes and they look great. She also has a spot on the forum where you can ask questions and discuss your work with other students. I would recommend it.
2  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Felt a long #11-- Nature themed, and Mixed media felting on: April 26, 2007 04:44:32 PM
You do such beautiful work - and I love the bag.
3  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Felted wall hanging "Green Climber" on: April 23, 2007 11:42:29 AM
Gorgeous colors! You did a wonderful job. I haven't tried prefelts either. But like you, I find that needling before hand keeps everything in place. That's a innovative way to incorporate the wire hanger for the piece so that it is an integral part of the piece.
4  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Needle felted cupcake/pincushion (wool food round 2) on: April 05, 2007 09:34:48 AM
Looks good enough to eat! Yum - chocolate.
5  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Felt a long #11-- Nature themed, and Mixed media felting on: March 30, 2007 10:41:50 AM
Thanks for all the kind comments on the tree. It wasn't really a matter of patience on the background. It started out as an experiment to see if I could dye the silk after being fused. I didn't like the results so I toned it down with the tea and then I read an article about "rust dyeing" and thought "what the heck" it couldn't make it any worse Wink I wasn't sure what to do with it at that point until someone came up with this felt along. So thanks for the idea!
6  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Felt a long #11-- Nature themed, and Mixed media felting on: March 29, 2007 07:52:08 PM
This is a combination of silk fused paper and needle felting. The paper was made with white silk, then painted with Dye-na-flow paints (yellow, red & orange), overdyed with tea and then "rusted" with steel wool and salt water. I then needle felted the tree into the paper - the wool is New Zealand romney. I haven't decided what to do with it exactly - perhaps I'll just find some way to hang it. It was fun combining the two techniques for this felt a long.

7  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: First wet felted project - handbag (FINALLY PICS!) on: March 29, 2007 10:26:00 AM
Great job! I love the colors!
8  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Marchy-March Felt-a-Long: Check it out! on: March 19, 2007 01:16:39 PM
I have done silk fusion and you can needle felt into it. I haven't tried cutting pieces out to then attach to felt - I am afraid that it would mess up the felt due to the fabric medium. It would get all gooey and sticky. I did use silk shapes made out of silk fibers or hankies that you make into the shape you want, spray them with spray starch and then iron them. It works well to use these to add to wet felting. The spray starch rinses away and the silk is felted to your wool.
9  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dying/Painting Felt... on: March 05, 2007 01:22:26 PM

I haven't tried this but I'm sure it will work. There is going to be a class by Chad Alice Hagen about this in June at the Surface Design Annual Symposium. Here's the link: http://www.surfacedesign.org/2007PostConferenceWorkshops.asp

In a recent surface design class, I learned that the main thing is what you want to end up with. A piece done with dye will have a different feel (hand) than a piece done with paint. Plus with the wool, I'm sure absorption will be different than say silk - so it will depend how thick or thin your paint is. I think a thinner paint would work fairly well with already felted wool but not too thin so it wouldn't soak in too much. Unless you wanted a more watercolor look to it. So my advice is to just experiment. Let us know how it goes because I'd like to try this out sometime soon. After I get through my already long list of projects I want to try.

Hope that helps,

10  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Vase&flower on: March 05, 2007 01:11:28 PM
Beautiful - I love the flowers and the vase.  And thanks for explaining your methods. I always find that to be so helpful.
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