I began to explore more ATCs and mixed media journal pages. I'm having fun!
Monday, March 25, 2013
I laid out my wool on top of a layer of bubble wrap and plastic window screening.
This is a merino wool/silk blend. The embellishments are angora.
I topped the wool with another layer of screening for the roll-up. That's a pool noodle in the center.
Doing the fringe was fast and easy. I just rolled the strips between my hands.
I'm pretty happy with the results!
My new scarf is pretty and so very soft.
A nice reward for a day spend rolling around on the kitchen floor!
Saturday, March 2, 2013
So this is my first sample of cobweb felt. I put a post-it beneath the piece to show the delicate transparency. This has me very excited. O, to work a cirrostratus scarf in sky blues and whites!
Once again, the Stark Raving Newbie has discovered a whole new realm with its own peculiar lingo...I am trying to learn the glossary and what it means to my work. VM...tops...merino... roving...half blood...really? Why are combs called cards??
I have borrowed some library books on the topic of felting. Ones that don't assume you know anything. VERY helpful since one must buy most supplies online...and know what the heck to buy!
One perk is that these supplies weigh practically nothing. Shipping costs are but a song!
Thursday, February 7, 2013
But instead of slamming down more expensive supplies "just playing," I think I will finish this up and move on to an inspired design. Stay tuned!
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Saturday, January 26, 2013
hedgehog kit from Dimensions. The kit comes with a foam work surface and two felting needles (as well as an embroidery needle.) In addition, I bought a Clover Needle Felting tool. This has five needles in it, all working at once. I figured it would speed up my process. It did, indeed. I also bought a cheap household scrub brush at the dollar store as a work base for the Clover tool. Starting with loose wool roving (very light and fluffy) needling it down to a good, tight density, I'd say I have about an 8% compression when I squeeze the finished project. (The hedgehog said he does not mind being squeezed!) Not bad for a first try. I really am after a very tight finished product in my felting adventures. I don't much like the excess fibers sticking out here and there, generally. Makes me wonder if a needle-felted finished item can then be further manipulated by wet-felting to get those fibers down.