April 19, 2014

An Adorable Gnome Pin Cushion

Wee Gnome1

Check out this sweet pin cushion by Di Summit!

This is Alden the Wee Gnome. His stump is a pin cushion and the acorn is filled with emery sand for  needles.
Di used Living Felt MC Felting Batts to create this cute little guy.

She says, “Who knows there maybe another obsession in my future!”

Adorable Felted Monster Soaps with a Free Tutorial

Tammy Orthmann- monster soapsF

needle felted monster soaps

These adorable little monster soaps were needle felted by Tammy Orthmann of Hastings, Nebraska.

She wet felted the soaps with Living Felt MC-1 Felting Batts and then needle felted the designs on last.

They are so fun and have a ton of character! Tammy even made the soap under the wool, so these bars are completely home made.

If you would like to make your own felted soap consider a Living Felt Merino Cross Goody Bag
and this Free Living Felt Felted Soaps Tutorial.

These felted soaps would make  great stocking stuffers, or include make a stocking stuffer
of soap and wool for an afternoon of felting fun!

Check out Tammy’s store, Bath Bliss Gifts, for more of her felted soaps.

 

Fun Wet Felted Scarf Class Taught By Suzy Whitney

Wet Felted Scarf Class

Wet Felted Scarf Class

These women had the pleasure of learning to wet felt a scarf in Suzy Whitney’s class!

Suzy tells us about her class, “I taught this class in two parts.  The first evening we wet felted a flower using merino wool, bubble wrap, netting, hot soapy water and rinsing water, first hot then cold.  We used a rolling pin to felt it.  It was good practice.” 

Wet Felted Scarf Class

“In the second class we made the scarves by wet felting the merino wool using bubble wrap, netting, swim noodles, and lots of rolling back and forth.  The class was a creative class as well as a work out!  When the scarf was felted we fulled it by both rubbing on bubble wrap and throwing on the counter (more exercise).

The wool we used was your merino top, probably why they turned out so pretty!  This winter I plan on teaching a wet felted slipper class and wet felted hat class and bookmarks for a kids class.  These classes are offered by our local community education and are great fun and a way for me to meet new friends since moving here a couple years ago.”

 That sounds like a blast- and all the scarves look beautiful too! Surely Two Harbors, MN is glad Suzy moved there!

Fun Felting Applique Workshop

Needle Felting Leaf Using Applique

Needle Felting Applique Workshop Paper with Appliques

After a well thought out plan, a good felting party or workshop begins with a fabulous invite to friends!
We love this custom announcement of an afternoon of felting fun!

 Aiko Shiozaki in Osaka, Japan, hosted a needle felting applique workshop! She shared some pictures of the fun with us!

Needle Felting Applique Workshop Pink Mouse

Its so great how children will take direction and follow their own inspired ideas!
This little one obviously knew what she was doing!

Needle Felting Applique Workshop Felting Bird

 In this workshop, they were given pieces of patterned fabric that they were taught to needle felt onto the design.

Needle Felting Leaf Using Applique

It is beautiful see how a shape as simple as a leaf can be filled in with unique and varying colors, textures and fibers!
Try using yarn, dots, squiggles and solid blocks for interest.

Needle Felting Applique Workshop Felting Leaf

Needle Felting Applique Workshop Felting Bird

Needle Felting Applique Workshop Felting Bird on Apron

Beautiful composition! What a darling apron this will make!

Needle Felting Applique Workshop Felting Baby

Needle Felting Applique Workshop Cork Needles

 Aiko also puts her needles into wine corks to make them sturdier! What a great idea!

Needle Felting Applique Workshop Bird

 If you are new to felting and would like to learn how to do this, pick up a Living Felt Basic Needle Felting Starter Pack!

Thank you for sharing pictures of your fun workshop, Aiko!

Fears and Pet Peaves Expressed in Felted Monsters

Felted Monster

My 6th grade students finished felted their monsters just in time for Halloween! Their assignment was to create a monster that embodies either a fear that they have, or a pet peeve. We were also studying Tim Burton’s monsters so some part of their monster was supposed to be inspired by Tim Burton as well.
Felted Monsters

The felted monster with the orange dress with black stripes is the fear of heights. The student, Oudom W., wanted to illustrate gravity pulling at the character, illustrated by the blue hand grabbing at her head, as well as instability, which is why he has the person balanced on a round ball.

 


The green-eyed orange monster is to illustrate the fear of fire by Zina A. The fire monster has 4 legs and feet because Zina’s pet peeve is when people step on her feet.

The green monster with the red tongue hanging out is by Owen S. Owen is scared by the public service announcements warning people about the effects of smoking so his monster is green because he is sick from smoking. You can’t see it but this monster also has sick black lungs on the back.

The dark monster with the glowing yellow eye is by Day E. She hates being stared at, hence the giant eye. Her fear is of things that you know are there in the dark or lurking underwater, but you can’t see them so she made some tentacles and eyes coming out of a little cavern in the bottom of her monster.

 

 

The one with long striped legs is another fear of heights. This monster has spring legs and lures children to him with his bright colors and then bounces up high in the air. This monster was made by Evelyn O.

 

The black/dark purple monster with yellow eyes is fear of the dark by Ndali B.

The green guy in the white cup is illustrating Selorm B.’s pet peeve, which is when people accidentally use his cup at lunch and drink out of it making it dirty. His monster, therefore, makes cups dirty when people aren’t paying attention.

 

My students LOVED felting, especially the boys that I have had a hard time engaging in the past. At the end of class I would have to wrestle the felting needles out of their hands to get them to stop working and go to their next class!

 

Happy Halloween,

 

Laura and North Country School’s 6th grade class

 

Needle Felting: Felted Soaps with Needle Felted Flowers by Jen Webster

Jen Webster of British Columbia, Canada shares her fabulous felted
summer soaps using New Zealand Corriedale and her trusty felting needle.

If you don’t know how to felt over soap, give it a try see our tutorial. Merino Cross Batts are also VERY easy to felt over soap.

New Zealand Corriedale | Merino Cross Batts
 
 

If you’ve never felted over a bar of soap, you might like to try it just once and see how you like it! Some people really get down to business and
felt tons of bars for gifts and craft shows. It becomes a self soaping scrubby bar :)

As with any project, there are endless ways to go about it, and below is one approach that I have found easy and fun to do!

 
For great results on your first try, start withmerino
cross batting
, and a bar of olive oil soap. If your soap has
very sharp edges, consider rounding them with a vegetable peeler
or knife.
 
Lay two overlapping strips, one running north and south, the other
running east to west. It should be just
enough wool to evenly cover you bar of soap.
     
 
Fold/wrap the wool tightly around the bar of soap, covering all areas. If
you leave a hole in the wrapping, you will have a hole in the
finished product. Holes grow wider as the wool shrinks towards
other fibers and away from the gap.
 
Now your bar should be completed covered in wool.With batting, the
fibers are already going in many different directions, so the
felting will come easily. Roving or sliver will do better with
at least three layers to get the fibers criss-crossing.
     
 

Place your hand inside a pair of knee-high stockings and grab the bar of
soap, then fold the stocking around the bar so it is fully encased.The
wool should lay flat and be without folds. The stocking provides
a nice barrier and will hold the wool in place while you felt.

 
Wrap hair bands around the stocking to hold it in place. Dunk your
soap in hot water, pressing hte water through and the air out.
Begin massaging the surface of the wool through the stocking.
Rotate the bar in your hands, rubbing all sides and corners to
felt the wool evenly and firmly.
     

When the fibers begin to migrate through the stocking, gently peel
it off and continue felting by hand.Rinse as needed if it gets
too sudsy, and when you have a nice skin on your felt, shape it
and set it to dry. It will firm up as it dries. If desired, put
a label on it and there you have it!

Here is a free label template in Word you can use and change…
It’s called Soap in a Sweater

 

     

Here is what Jen Webster writes about her needle felted soaps:

Believe
it or not, the needle goes into the soap fairly easily . You do have to be careful, as I have broken off a couple of needle tips into the soap.
I am using handcrafted soap from a local lady, and they are a little softer. I think too that the soap softens from the felting process. I do let the them dry a few hours before needle felting. I have had some bars the wet felting process didn’t do the best, and using the needle you can clean up the uneven spots, and add fibre in the areas that didn’t quite get  covered.

Cheers, Jen

She's Caught the Needle Felting Bug and Is Passing It On! ~ Miyo Yamamoto

 

Needle Felted Sugar Skull

Needle Felted Sugar Skull

Needle Felted Sugar Skull

Needle Felted Sugar Skull

 

Although ‘All Hallow’s Eve’ has come and gone these colorful sugar skulls were way to good to pass up!  These were needle felted by Miyo Yamomoto as one of her first projects! Not only has she a great talent, but she’s sharing the joys of needle felting with those around her!  Can’t wait to see more from you and your proteges, Miyo! Sounds like you have a great place to work!

“Hello! I just wanted to let you know that I’ve got most of my coworkers either seriously contemplating buying a build a bear kit or have already gotten into needle felting!  They love it!  I even taught a mini class during out lunch hour!!!  I’ve found that it’s such a great stress reliever and a true testament to turning a negative (stress) into a positive (awesome needle felted goodies).  :)” ~Miyo Yamamoto

 

Darling Decorated Bears from The "Teddy Group" in South Africa!

The "Teddy Group" with their bears

The "Teddy Group" with their bears

Needle Felted Bear Coats

Needle Felted Bear Coats

Needle Felted Bear Coats

Needle Felted Bear Coats

Carol Travis, of South Africa, led a work shop for her fellow Teddy Bear enthusiasts with such adorable results!  Thanks for sharing felting with your group! Hope to see more of what you create!

“After ordering and getting my wool from you,  I wanted to do a workshop with the ladies who had never done it before, to show them how exciting needle felting is.  It was decided to do a teddy waistcoat for the first try.  We used felting wool as decoration onto plain craft felt, and then added some special knitting yarns to use as accents, which were needle felted onto the waistcoat.  I was so ‘chuffed’ that the ladies really enjoyed themselves.  There were a few ‘poked’ fingers and one broken needle, but we all had so much fun.   They are all eager to do another workshop, so I am working on some ideas.  Thank you for the ’materials’ to help to make my ideas come alive. Many Thanks and hugs”
Carol Travis ~ Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Wet Felting Class for Campers! ~ by Michelle Bowman

Michelle in her Wet Felted Hat

Michelle in her Wet Felted Hat

wet felting on a ball

wet felting on a ball

wet felting on a ball

wet felting on a ball

wet felted Hats

wet felted Hats

wet felted Hats

wet felted Hats

wet felted Hats

wet felted Hats

wet felted Hat, needle felted flower

wet felted Hat, needle felted flower

Michelle Bowman of Westminster, CO (showing of her beautiful hat in the first picture) taught her friends how to wet felt on a ball during a recent camping trip! What a lot of fun – and what wonderful results!  Thanks for sharing that great experience with us Michelle!

” Over the days of our camping trip (June 16 – 20), twelve people worked through the project all the way through, and another 6 people worked on their hats the weekend after we got back into town. I’m including a picture of my hat also, the one I made to test out the [hat on a ball] technique.

We camped at Sylvan Lake State Park, outside of Eagle, Colorado; the lake/mountain pics were taken there. I taught using the the method described in the ‘hat on a ball’ kit I purchased from you guys. However, I took the opportunity to teach needle felting to those people who ended up with some holes in their hats–we needle-felted to patch the holes. That added a ‘rustic’ look to hats which already had a very organic shape to them. Then, they kept going with the needle felting, and you’ll see the pic of the hat with the needle-felted flower! It’s such fun to give people a basic idea and see where they go with it! All the hats have different shapes and styles.

For a camping project, this one worked pretty well. The main challenges were: 1. creating a place where we could lay the batts down on the ball without the wind blowing it all away. And 2. heating sufficient quantities of water

We had a pretty good-sized walled pop-up enclosure to work in, but that also served as our group’s only shade for our camping area. So, on the very hot days, we had to put off the felting to avoid heat stroke!

We had propane to heat water, and we got good workouts hauling water from a few hundred feet away. While we worked, we talked about what people had to go through to make felt in the old days, which really helped people appreciate how good we have it today!

Thanks for your help in working out solutions for some of the problems we had. Feedback on the project and on feltmaking was very positive, and I think we have some new felting fans!”

Michelle Bowman ~ Westminster, Colorado

Needle Felting Fun in a Class of One! ~ by Dee Overpeck

Learning to Felt

Learning to Felt

Learning to Felt

Learning to Felt

Dee Overpeck of Avon, IN,  is teaching her young granddaughter how to needle felt surface designs for something fun she can wear. What a great way to share a passion and inspire creativity in the newest generation of felters-  even if your classroom is your kitchen and you only have one student!

“Felting what fun and how creative one came be or become. My 10 year old granddaughter Caitlin is a natural and so involved in her project of doing a bandanna  for herself.  She loves the colors and choices of wool and the adventure of how they turn out. In my head I am working on another handbag made of 100%alpaca with needle felting designs.  Of course everything we do is a show stopper!”

Dee Overpeck ~ Avon, IN