This fall a long time member of the CedarRapidsArea Fiber Artist Guild, Elsie Harris opened her home as a lovely art gallery. This woman is incredibly resilient, creative, brave, and kind. I was fortunate enough to be invited to her opening. As a group from the PaneraBread craft gathering, we all traveled over. I took so many great pictures. Enjoy the tour.
I have been felting for a week straight. I am trying to be prepared for our homeschooling Valentine’s Day exchange. I want the boys to have these really cute felted heart valentines to share with their friends. Everyone knows the candy hearts with the random words, like “Love”, “sweet”, “kiss”, “cute” and such. Well, I am simply recreating these candies in felt, but bigger, of course.
Here is the process: Using wool dyed in various colors, red, white, purple, etc. I take a tuft of wool and stuff it in my heart cookie cutter. I then proceed to needle felt it into shape. I need to remove the cookie cutter and pull the heart off the foam and flip it over at least once to make sure I have felted all the wool to the thickness and stiffness that I want. This varies for everyone. I am making these for children so I want them to be really tightly felted and firm. After the initial form has been felted I take the needle and start to define it’s shape further by needling the indent of the heart and around the edges to clean up loose wool. When I figure out exactly how I am going to get the words on I will post that. So far, I have tried to needle felt embroidery floss and that didn’t work. Then I tried my burly spun yarn and that was great but too thick and big to fit a whole word on the heart. I might spin up some of my Ramboulett wool into a single thick yarn and use that or try to sew the lettering using the embroidery floss. Don’t know how to sew letters but I think I can figure it out. Anyway, I will post what I find works for me later.
This is a little record of the fiber fun I have been having as of late. I have:
One skien of 84 yrds of Merino top two ply. It is so small since it was left over from a bobbin I filled, but have yet to finish.
One Full Bobbin of two ply Merino Top, still on the Bobbin.
One Skien of single, 61 yards of various fibers, that was given to me by Twiggi34 with the Drop Spindle.
Alpaca, dyed cremesicle orange on my Baynes Spinning Wheel
http://www.ravelry.com/people/homeofhearts/stash/schoppel-wolle on my Twiggi34 Spindle
I finished my Angel from the November posting Fiber Fun, https://homeofhearts.wordpress.com/2008/11/25/fiber-fun/ . I had actually finished it before the Soltice but forgot to post the new picture. It will be sent away to a special friend soon as a gift of Gratitude.
I have some lovely loosly curled Wendslydale Locks dyed an electric Blue that I will be spinning as soon as I finish the Orange Alpaca currently on the wheel. You have to wait to see that! 😛
Enjoy the Fiber Porn!
I am making my Mother a Felted Hat for her x-mas gift. I picked up the form this weekend and am carding the wool as I go, super soft fluffy stuff from a local Shetland sheep breeder. I am then putting on colorful details. That is where I am at now in the process. Tonight I am going to wet felt the entire hat to shrink it down and get the texture right.
Here is so far what it looks like. I am adding lots more design to it today.
I have been having way too much fun….
Besides fighting with yarn and needles to make socks, I have tried some lovely little projects with my needle felting. Below are the pics of my little bendy doll and her dog. Kristie Burns at earthschooling.com and waldorfschoolonline.com was lovely enough to give a video lesson on how to make felted bendy dolls to her members. I was totally inspired and hope to create many more in all sorts of creatures. So quick and fun!!