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Hello!

I’ve made a nice little camera case. It’s been a few months in the making simply because, unlike wet felt, knitting doesn’t need to be finished in one go.

Needle felt close up

This design is echoed on the other side - as seen above

Another close up

This came about because my mum gave me her odd ball stash. I loved this wool (all I know is that is 100% wool) and the naturally dyed colours so decided to initially make a bag for a little girl. I didn’t follow a pattern (or bother with a tension square – I know I’m lazy ๐Ÿ˜‰ )ย  and didn’t cast on enough stitches so had to turn it into this camera case! It was a very good excuse for me to practice needle felting onto knitting as it isn’t something I’ve tried but have wanted to for ages. Next time I will be wet felting into knitting as I’m really excited to see what effects I’ll be able to achieve!

I used more natural fibres to needle felt into the knitting. I’m not sure what breed it is but it is naturally dyed roving. I would not use tops for this type of needlefelting because I reckon the extra ‘stabbing’ required would cause the knitting to pucker too much. Using roving minimises the amount of poking needed.

I still need to add a closure, and perhaps a lining (not sure yet). The closure will probably be a crocheted cord and a big button.

Good night all, sleep tight ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hello everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

Well the daffodils are out, the clocks have gone back…it must be spring!!

Another part of spring is Mothers Day.ย  This year I made her a bouquet ofย  poseable felted flowers and a needle felted sheep.

Here are some pics:

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Ideally I would have taken pictures of each individual flower for my reference, and one of the sheep but oh well, I should be able to at the end of April when I’ll be staying with my Mum for Wonderwool ๐Ÿ™‚

The flowers were made in a variety of ways but have the same base structure. What I mean by this is that:

1. The stems were all created by making a cord/rope around some relatively tough craft wire which I have from my jewellery making. To be honest this was very tricky. I was able to make a nice tight rope and leave one ‘brush’ end dry (to attach the stem to the flower)ย  but the other end suffered because, despite being ‘folded’ so not pointy or sharp it kept poking through the non brush end and slipping down. I remedied this by needle felting when dry but it’s a technique I need to perfect.

2. The flowers consist of (with varying degrees of decoration using complimetary colours in different patterns):

i) Shaped single layer pieces of felt, some of which had we felted balls needle felted to the centre.

ii) Individually felted petals all with dry brush ends. These ends then felted together and into the brush end of the stem.

iii) Multiple layers of shaped (ie rounded etc) felt needle felted together (with or without wet felted ball attached with felting needle to the centre).

All the flowers were attached to stems by wet felting the brush end onto the flower. The flowers were laid face down onto my work space, and I held the stem vertically over the centre with one hand whilst felting and fulling with the other. When it was sufficiently well held together I gently turned the whole thing the right way up and rolled between my hands as I would for a cord near the end stages.

Conclusion:

This was an excellent experiment to do! I’m very pleased that I’ve managed to make a technique I conjured up myself (clever me ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) work this well. I would like to try using pipe cleaners instead of craft wire for the stems but they seem to be hard to find! I’m hoping this will help prevent the wool from slipping over the wire and allowing it to slip out of the supposedly enclosed end.

They do stand up on their own, despite being quite long. Yay! As well as being able to bend the stems, the petals are also poseable to a degree, so you can make the flowers look more or less open.ย  The opportunity to experiment so widely and freely with flower design and techniques was fanastic, I’ve loved making them since I started making felt and I’ve learnt some new techniques and tips for them.

I realise that it can often be difficult to understand written explanations unless you’re aware of the feltmaking processes so I will try my very best to photograph my projects as I go from step to step for anyone reading.

Finally, a belated wish to any Mother reading that she had a wonderful day on Mothering Sunday. You’re all wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚

I haven’t posted for a while, but I have done some playing.

I did a couple of experimental pieces – one using silk cocoons and using wensleydale differently and one where I trapped small squares of fabric, yarn, beads and feathers (the feathers didn’t work at all!). But they are for a different post really as I haven’t photographed them yet.
So on to the point…

Flower necklace

Close Up

Necklace Without Flower

Flower Brooch

The first rope I made was too small to fit over my head if I made it continuous, so I left it as a single length. Then I made a continuous rope that was big enough. It looked a bit plain and I wanted to make use of my earlier mistake so I felted it onto the second rope. The effect this gave was lovely I think – 1/3 of it is 1 stranded and 2/3 is 2 stranded. It’s something I might not have thought of if I hadn’t made the error. Felt, how I love you!

Then I made some individual layers for my flower. I think the wool was corriedale. I got them to pre-felt stage but they looked a bit boring so I added some whisps of white merino to about half of them. Towards the end of the process I started trying to give them a bit of shape. I also made a merino ball to use in the center to tie in with the colour of the necklace.
Then I needle felted the layers together. I worked at this for quite a long time to ensure it was strong and to give the petals a bit more shape. I also needle felted in the ball to the centre.
Next came sewing on a pin to the back. I eventually got this right after first sewing the wrong side of the pin down, d’oh!

The result: Flower necklace with detachable corsage. I love it ๐Ÿ™‚

I think I’ve mentioned my Mum’s knitted handbags a few times…well I’ve finally got round to taking some photos…

Noro Bag

Noro Bag

Noro Bag 2

Noro Bag 2

Noro Bag 3

Noro Bag 3

This is the bag my Mum is using as her handbag at the moment, and I have to say is definitely my favourite – it’s gorgeous! It was knitted in Noro Blossom yarn and has a felt lining, inside pockets and flower that I wet felted for her (with the exception of the center of the flower which is needle felted).ย  I was a bit annoyed as in my opinion I hadn’t felted my parts well enough, although she’s very happy with it. I will know for the future though.

Next up is the bucket bag which she knitted in pencil roving and then felted. It has a needle felted flower on the front but the colours on the photo aren’t truly representative (nor are those on the Noro bag pictures but they are much much better).

Bucket Bag

Bucket Bag

Bucket Bag 2

Bucket Bag 2

Flower Close Up

Flower Close Up

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).ย  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.

Wow, Ally Pally was certainly an exhausting day out!

We started out at 6am this morning, drove into London, confused the sat-nav, shopped for 7 hours straight (bar the odd tea break), drove back through some VERY busy London traffic and then got home! Hey, I’m tired so won’t even try to be eloquent. ๐Ÿ˜›

It was a great day and I’m so glad I went as I’ve wanted to for ages, but I was decidedly disappointed with the lack of felt making supplies on offer. I did come back with a few lovely bits and bobs, and huge amounts of encouragement and inspiration though, which I will show you just as soon as I find the charger for the camera!

Anyway, I’m blimmin knackered now so night night ๐Ÿ™‚

Update: I’ve been busy working for the past 20 hours, but will dig for the charger tomorrow. I’ll also upload the photo of the felted soap if I remember!

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.

Well, I’ve finally got round to finishing and photographing my latest project. I am pretty happy with it but would appreciate any comments/feedback as I am still learning.

Felted Tea Cosy

Felted Tea Cosy

It was made with merino tops using the wet felting technique and is 3 layers thick – the first ‘inside’ layer is white. For the flower I just wanted to see what the felt would do so layered 5 whispy petals and added a little lighter and darker purple to add interest.

Tea Cosy

A bit blurry

The handle is needle felted and has a flower detail on the top. The shape of the Cosy was inspired by a picture of gilliangladrag’s felted tea cosy kits from her website – the rest comes from my imagination.

Back of Tea Cosy

Back of Tea Cosy

I’ve learned from this project that I should check the placement of the wool more whilst rubbing but I think it can just about pass off as shabby chic (or something)! This is going to be a gift for my Mum who is the ultimate tea lover, I hope she likes it.

I was going to take some photos of the detail (handle and flower) and a decent one with the tea pot in frame but my kitten decided that she should be getting some attention and plonked herself in easy reach of the tasty wool after digging up the plant soil didn’t make me stop taking photos. What a silly lovely cat she is!

I should be in the photo!

I should be in the photo!

That’s all! Bye for now x

Hi!

I’ve started this blog so that I can document and share my creative ideas. I love felting – especially wet felting, although I have been doing various crafty things all my life. My parents are both very creative, my Mum is a wonderful knitter who has just begun to get much more adventurous which is very exciting to watch unfold. She is also an inspirational cook…I still have a lot to learn. My Dad is an inspiring artist and in a previous incarnation carpenter, to be honest I’m in awe of what he is able to produce. Would be good to see more come to think of it.

Anyway, they sent me to a Steiner school which really (I feel) contributed to a core grounding of good values and good, wholesome (!) pleasures. This school, a million times more than the state school I joined at 11 years old, really inspired me to learn, experience and develop.ย  I can’t begin to explain how much I appreciate and respect the freedom we were given as children to grow and develop at our own paces.ย  It really helped instill an appreciation for arts and creativity along with a passion for nature and learning what life has to offer us, and what we can offer too. I’ll stop there as I know I’m ranting now, sorry – back to the topic at hand.

There, I embarked upon many a wooly treat. In Class 2 we learned how to hand card and spin on both a drop spindle and a spinning wheel. Later on, after feeding the lambs etc, I also hand sheared a sheep – what an experience! We all learned how to knit, producing our very own stuffed Waldorf toys (I made a chicken and a male doll with a couple of outfits).

Then, other than cooking with my Mum and the arty subjects I took at school, my creativity dwindled somewhat. Much more recently however I decided to pick up a pair of knitting needles and see if I could remember how to knit. I was knitting away happily again very soon after. However, I am quite an impatient person and this seems to show even in my crafting. I tend to want more instant results than knitting can offer.

We’re finally getting to the point here, so wake up if I’ve bored you to slumber, hehehe.

This is when my Mum came to visit and we were looking in a local fabrics/craft shop (C&H fabrics should you live in the SE of England!) when we came across a very small 1/2 stand of felting books and equipment. My Mum suggested that I have a go so I bought this book:

I’d suggest you have a look at her website at http://www.gilliangladrag.co.uk/. Unfortunately I’ve seen some rip offs of her designs for sale on handmade crafts sites such as etsy and folksy (fantastic resources and brilliant for gifts), which is a real shame. Personally, I think it’s fair enough if you’re making for yourself but I for one would be a bit peeved if someone sold my design. For all I know though I’m on my high horse for nothing and they asked permission!

The book really got my creative juices flowing. My Mum had bought some lovely naturally dyed multicoloured roving samples not long before so I got an old sushi mat, bought myself a cheap hanky and off I went. My first projects were some felted mats/coasters which turned out nicely. I also made an easter decoration consisting of small wet felted eggs in spring colours which ended up as a hanging mobile. This turned out very well and to be honest I was chuffed so it spurred me on. From there, I’ve moved on to needlefelting too – at the start it wasn’t great, with a bit of a failed attempt at an Easter card design for my Dad but I’m getting there. I prefer to mix the 2 techniques at the moment though. Maybe one day I will be as amazing as some of the sculptural needle felters out there, but somehow I can’t see it happening. Just look at these: http://www.stephaniemetz.com/ as one example!

I know I’ve rambled on for more than long enough about myself now. Hope anyone reading is a very happy bunny.

xx