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So ages ago now I attempted a nuno scarf. I had read up briefly on it but just wanted to fling myself into it…definitely a learning curve!

Nuno Scarf 1

This picture was my first ever attempt. I layed wool on both sides of muslin fabric, but I reckon 1 much thinner layer would have worked better, as this one doesn’t drape fantastically well.

I got spurred on by the clear possibilities so made another ‘scarf’ with the intention of just experimenting. This is how that turned out:

Nuno Scarf 2 - side 1

And the 2nd half (only 1 side of the fabris ic felted but I had to photo it in 2 halves):

Nuno Scarf 2 - side 2

And finally, you can see how it drapes much better thanks to much less wool being used:

Nuno Scarf 2

I loved experimenting with different shapes, thicknesses and directions of laying the fibres. Doing the seperate ‘sections’ really gave me a good insight into how merino acts when nuno felted onto cotton muslin. It’s also a scarf that I’ve actually worn and enjoyed wearing. My first attempt is far too stiff so will await its future reincarnation into another experiment!

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My Mum came to visit recently, so naturally I tried making some boot shaped wet felted slippers for her!

As with my last slippers they are merino inner and finn outer. These ones are embellished with merino multicoloured pencil roving and multicoloured silk throwsters waste.

Here they are:

Wet Felted Boot Slippers

My Mum's Slippers

I have just edited my tutorial regarding this, but if you’re making your own be aware that if you want the slippers to fit further up your legs than the ones pictured, be generous in your allowance for width shrinkage.

If you’re looking for the tutorial for these slippers (or these: https://fortheloveoffelt.wordpress.com/2010/02/14/more-wet-felted-slippers/) you can find it here: Slipper tutorial.

Back to the original post…

A while ago I posted that I’d made some wet felted slippers, well now I’ve taken the photos for you to see. I have also been asked by Sara of the Working with Felt community to provide a slipper tutorial for the next felting challenge on the site, and to judge the entries, which is something that I’m very excited about!

As you can see, I have added some extra fibres on the final layer to embellish. As said in the original post (which you can click on above), I used Wensleydale and silk tops for this and the ‘inner’ is merino whereas the ‘outers’ are finn.

Here are some photos and a picture of the first attempt (these were the 2nd) which as you can see were wearable but not a patch on the new ones πŸ™‚

Felted Slippers

Felted Slippers

Felted Slippers from above

Felted Slippers from above

Felted Slippers again

Felted Slippers again

Success and failure

Success and the learning curve

3 Felted slippers

3 Felted slippers

My first attempt (the orange one) failed for 2 main reasons:

1. The template I made, though following a tutorial, was far too small. This meant that I couldn’t felt the slippers well enough as they would have become too small for me in the process.

2. I didn’t use enough felt. I think they only had 4 layers whereas the second pair have 8 (and they are thicker).

I also used purely merino…as a result they started pilling hugely.

Heed that advice if you are going to try your own for the first time πŸ™‚

Next time I make slippers (probably for my Mum, although my boyfriend keeps asking for some too!) I will make boot style ones. This will be easy to do as you basically just extend a line between the feet parts of the template and felt them as one piece.

Once the tutorial is no longer in its draft format and is on the felting community I will also upload it here, so keep your eyes peeled.

As I mentioned, my Mum came to stay for the weekend. I am lucky enough to have a great little wool shop just round the corner from me (it’s called Cocoon and is in Hove and worth a visit if you’re in the area). As usual we went and had a look there yesterday and after being disappointed by the fact that they didn’t have patterns for the knitted Christmas decorations in the window found a Sirdar pattern book for an advent calendar and lots of knitted decorations.

So last night she knitted 2 snowmen and 2 stockings, whilst I needle felted the snowmen’s hats and eyes, carrot nose, mouth and buttons and also a felt ball for the Christmas tree (of which I hope to make more co-ordinating ones).Β  Talking of felting, I also told the owner of Cocoon how to wet felt (or at least I do, she mentioned she had olive soap already for doing it with but I don’t know if she’s tried any yet) after she was admiring my Mum’s knitted handbag with a felt lining and flower I made (photos to follow in next post). Maybe one day she’ll supply wool tops…here’s hoping!

Anyway on to the photos…

 

Christmas Decorations

Christmas Decorations

Christmas Decorations 2

Christmas Decorations 2

I made the tag on the bigger stocking in a bit of a hurry today before she left, so it’s not perfect but I think it looks nice on there.

I was in town today sorting out horrible financial things but on the way to the benefits office I saw something to cheer me up. There’s always some good hiding amongst the crap in life, you just have to look for it!

The clothes shop Jigsaw, in Brighton if not elsewhere, has massive bobbins wound with bright pink and yellow wool tops. Suffice to say I wasn’t looking at the clothes, just wishing that I had about 20kgs of wool top play with πŸ™‚

It is a very cool display if you like that kinda thing. Wonder if it’s worth asking them what they plan to do with it once they change their display… if you don’t ask and all that!

PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NOW A TUTORIAL FOR FELT SLIPPERS HERE: https://fortheloveoffelt.wordpress.com/2010/01/20/wet-felted-slipper-tutorial/

I’ve spent all night (and my back) on my latest project – new slippers for me πŸ™‚

They are made using dark purple merino tops and red and purple carded Finn. There are 7 or 8 layers. To be honest I lost count amid all the rubbing and rolling and laying.

I added a little purple silk top and orange/red Wensleydale to the final layer to add a bit of interest…watch this space for photos.

Hi All!

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, it’s been a bit of a blur of working and being ill. I did make a birdy for the international day of felt so will post that soon.

Hope you’re all good, take care (there are lots of bugs going round at the moment!)

xx

Well I’ve just joined this community, which I’ve unfortunately not had much of a chance to look at yet (damn night shifts getting in my way πŸ™‚ ). I am very excited about it though, I’ve been looking for a felt making community and have only just stumbled across this now that I am more active in looking at peoples blogs and work. It has already got me some feedback on my fish, which is very encouraging because as a newbie to felt making I really appreciate all the feedback and advice I can get πŸ™‚

I should also mention that the merino used in theΒ  Tea Cosy and the purple side of my last bag were bought at fibrefest from Sara (of Sara’s Texture Crafts!).

She had a beautiful selection, it took me ages to choose the colours! I also got a batt which I used to make a felted soap (I still have some left) which I intend to post soon. It looks like this:

Sarahs Texture Crafts Blackberry Bush stripe Batt.

Sarah's Texture Crafts' Blackberry Bush stripe Batt.

Hope you’re all feeling good! Bye for now x

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™‚