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This is absolutely genius!!! I can’t believe it’s real but have to say it does look it.

There are no words for it, you just HAVE to watch it!

Kudos to these Shepherds, must have taken so much time and skill πŸ™‚

Felted trees, courtesy of www.feltunited.com

Felted trees, courtesy of http://www.feltunited.com

The 3rd of October 2009 is the first international day of Felt. They are running a competition based around the theme of Red, Yellow and Orange and there will also be international guerilla felting taking place.

My guess is that the idea was born from the guerilla knitting that has been taking place for quite a while now (hardly Sherlock Holmes, am I!). Do a google images search, it’s great!

I’ve been wanting to do some street felting ever since I first heard about the knitting craze, and am glad that someone more influential has actually done it!

According to the website, today is the London event which I am sure will be absolutely amazing. Wish I could have taken part but can’t wait to see the photos! I only have scraps of yellow and orange fleece, and no red at all but I’m sure I will be able to make something for the 3rd. I’ll probably tie it to the dog rose bush in my front garden. We live in quite a busy road in the city so hopefully lots of people will see it (and it won’t be raining!). Perhaps some needle felted birds…we’ll see.

Hi,

I took some photos of some old needle felting of mine. I went on a bit of a fish frenzy when I first started, based on the fish mobile in Gillian Harris’ book (see here for more on her).

Fish in Line

Fish in Line

Forgive the quality of the photos…

Stripey Fish

Stripey Fish

What are you looking at, Fish?

What are you looking at, Fish?

Diamond Fish

Diamond Fish

Funny Fish

Funny Fish

Dotty Fish

Dotty Fish

And now for the flowers. Unfortunately the best ones are in use on my Mum’s knitted handbags…I will post about them as soon as possible as her stuff is gorgeous but she’s too much of a technophobe to have a blog or Flickr or anything!

Needle Felted Flowers

Needle Felted Flowers

The reddy petals in the flower on the left are more purpley in real life. They look really nice decorating my wooden mirror πŸ™‚

The day after I made the reversible wet felted bag I made a mobile phone case.

It was made using the same Corriedale tops as the handles in the bag. It was a beautiful blend of colours so has achieved a really nice effect. I felted it around a form but wanted it to be a bit ‘wobbly’ so made the bottom of the template curved.

Although I don’t believe it was necessary I felted the flap using the resist too. I only wanted it to be half the thickness of the rest of the case (in order that it would be flexible enough) so only laid half the amount of fibre.

Outside of phone case

Outside of phone case.

Phone with its case

Phone with its case - sturdy enough to prop the phone up with!

After the felt had dried I attached some pink and purple glass beads in a kind of star/flower pattern. I then added sequins with pink seed beads between the pink beads. It still needed something so I added a final sequin in the centre with a purple seed bead to hold it in place.

I then attached the popper. I didn’t go all the way through the felt. This was actually because the felt was so thick and rigid that I couldn’t turn it inside out to go all the way through. I’m glad that I did it this way and will continue to do so. My poppers always wear out way before whatever they’re holding together so I used a lot of stitches to secure them.

All in all, I like it and I think my phone does too!

I now have the promised photos of my latest felted items. The light quality isn’t great but I lost my patience and just couldn’t wait for some good weather!
Firstly, the bag! (See https://fortheloveoffelt.wordpress.com/2009/09/15/reversible-wet-felted-bag/).

Here are the handles from the Reversible Wet Felted Bag, before I’d corrected the badly felted twist.

Bag Handles

Bag handles before stitching

Here is the second part that didn’t turn out as expected, the 3 unsuccessful dots. Read the original post to find out why this happened.

Faint dots in top right of image.

Faint dots in top right of image.

Now for the more successful parts…

Dotty side of bag

Dotty side of bag

Purple side of bag

Purple side of bag

Dots as 'lining'

Dots as 'lining'

Purple side used as 'lining'

Purple side used as 'lining'

I wore it for the first time on Saturday with the dots on the outside. I was concerned that I should have put the knots of the handles on the outside so as to stay out of the way. It was fine though, and I had way more in the bag than in these pictures!

After getting the tickets yesterday (see here) it got me thinking about the last show we went to – Fibrefest.

We turned it into a camping holiday, and stayed at Salcombe Regis campsite which is just up the road from Sidmouth – a great site other than the sloping pitch! We did camping in style by taking a futon matress and some bench cushions and duvets. It was very snuggly once we’d filled our hot water bottles (with covers knitted by my Mum!) and eaten our cream teas.

Sleeping compartment - very comfy!

Sleeping compartment - very comfy!

Unfortunately we missed the local observatory’s event that was held on the day we arrived, and a local music festival…despite that we had a really lovely holiday going to some beautiful places, including one of my favourite places Lyme Regis.

Lyme Regis

Our trip to Lyme Regis

Fibrefest was a wonderful day full of many tempting things and lovely knowledgeable people. The setting was gorgeous too.Β  It was held here: http://www.coldharbourmill.org.uk/ I don’t think the caterers were expecting so many visitors as they sold out of veggie and most meat food sharpish! Luckily we managed to get the last 2 veggie burgers to fuel more shopping πŸ™‚

End of the day at Coldharbour Mill...we always seem to be among the last to leave these events!

End of the day at Coldharbour Mill...we always seem to be among the last to leave these events!

Very appropriately it is an operational yarn spinning mill. They have a museum too but we were too busy in the tents and paddock to look!

Coldharbour Mill

Lovely!

Hi!

Today we bought our tickets for the Knitting and Stitching show at Alexandra Palace. Yay! I love going to knitting shows as they always have a fantastic selection of felting goodies. The website for this show is here.

Previous show...I cant wait!

Previous show...I can't wait!

I’ve never been to this venue, but from what I can tell it’s going to be huge! Very different to Wonderwool and Fibrefest I would imagine – a really different location for starters! It seems as though there will be a few more different crafts available to browse which will be good. Will be very difficult trying to decide what to get on my extremely limited budget…lets hope that there are some really fantastic bargains or I find a winning scratchcard before then or something. Well, you can dream!

Yesterday I made a felt phone case, and will be uploading the pictures very soon along with those of the bag I’ve recently made. Watch this space!

My Mum is going to attend a City and Guilds knitting class tomorrow as she hopes to enrol soon. It’s really exciting and makes me long to do the felting equivalent. I know she’s going to get loads out of it, and looking at some of the previous intakes work should be really good fun. I half wish that I was going on it as well now, although I have declined. I guess it’ll give me more focus on the felting, which definitely isn’t a bad thing πŸ™‚

It would be good to hear from anyone who has done a City and Guilds knitting or feltmaking course. Anyway, hope you’re all enjoying your weekend! x

Well I haven’t got round to doing much to my felted bag these last couple of days but my apple chutney has appeared on another lovely blog so I thought I’d share.

The chutney was a result of hours of chopping, slicing and stirring with my Mum. It is an old family favourite recipe but this year made with apples from my tree…very satisfying! Be warned though if preparing mountains of garlic – it burns! Protect your fingers, as it managed to give my Mum (asbestos hands) weeks of pain and blisters. It is particularly good with curry and stew..mmmmm!

Anyway, courtesy of my boyfriend’s colleague Gaelle you can see her post ‘Sunday morning munchies’ in the sweetly titled blog which is in French here: http://moonlightslittlekitchen.blogspot.com/

and in English, courtesy of google translater (you can make out what it means, ish) here.

I want some food now!

Bye for now (I’m off to get some) x

Today I’ve been busy working on my latest project of a wet felted bag. It is drying at the moment so I will upload pictures tomorrow hopefully.

I love the fact that felted bags are totally seamless. With this in mind, knowing that the only way to reinforce it would be to line it which I think would be quite tricky, I made sure it was very thick and very well felted. I have done a few other projects now so have got the feel for how thick I should make layers now. It is my first piece that is universally thick all over. Yay!

It is my first ever bag, and with that in mind I am very happy with it. I may have picked up some hints and tips for other beginner/progressing felt makers in the process though!

1. I tried making some prefelt handles in 2 different colours and then rolling them together to create a twist effect. The individual strands have felted nicely, however I think I must have felted them too much before rolling together as the 2 colours don’t want to felt together. No matter though, as I’m sure I can fix it with a bit of stitching. I will try to add photos of them at their current stage to show you what I mean.

I call it reversible as this was the idea, and I made a pattern on one side and plain colour on the other, so…

2. I hadn’t really thought it through properly and made the pattern on the ‘inside’ when making. This meant thatΒ Β Β  the dots that I added moved around more than I would have wanted. This does mean that they have a nice random appearance but have not kept the shape I would have liked. I would have been very happy with this though if I just wanted it as the lining pattern.

3. Also, 3 of the dots are not really that visible (I started to lay the block colour down before remembering I wanted dots so had to make spaces to fit them in – next time I’m forgetful at this first stage I’ll start again!)

I think I want to make a big felted flower to add to the bag. In fact, I think I will make 2 – one for each side. I plan to attach them to a brooch pin so I can remove/move them as I fancy.

It did take me hours and hours to get to this stage, but it’s worth it πŸ™‚ It really is a labour of love, this feltmaking business.

This is about half a year out of date but I’ve finally got my phone pictures onto the computer so thought I’d share one of my first felted pieces with you.

Here it is hanging in my Mum’s kitchen. The eggs were wet felted on a little sushi mat and then threaded with cotton and hung on a twig (forsythia if I remember correctly). I didn’t know how to contstuct a circle properly so tied it with some gardener’s wire!!!

Felted Easter Decoration

Felted Easter Decoration