Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Something Amazing

If you have a little spare time
you might like  MUST  visit
You will find the most amazing 3D felting display.
.... You'll need to translate from Russian and expand her posts for the best pics
and WOW!
Just Amazing !

Saturday, 6 April 2013

A drive in the country

There was no felting here yesterday.
... . instead, a drive to the Scenic Rim where the rains have
the great dams (which are our water supply) brimming over.
The day began bright and sunny with a blue fluffy sky
soon to change to great sweeping sheets of rain
Wallabies and Kangaroos were everywhere it seemed
grazing on the fresh grasses.
These Whiptail Wallabies were playing 'statues' by the side of the road.
They have the prettiest little faces and at most are about one metre tall.
  The more we looked around us, the more we found.
At a quick glance you could be forgiven for not noticing them. 
It was a peaceful day.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Juicy strawberries


  I wanted to take photos of my little needle felted rabbit
with his movable arms and legs, hugging a big juicy strawberry.
but today is overcast and raining and I'm not having much success
photographing his dark brown colour. 
... and a needle felted strawberry garland

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Cats and Felt

Hi There,
I'd like you to meet Jake
He's a part of the family - rescued when he was just tiny
and has no tail and very little fur on his back legs
He lives with my daughter, her boyfriend and sister. 
With autumn here, a pod to sleep in is just what he needed.
 So we went to work using raw chocolate brown corriedale fleece
and this is the reward.
At first he slept with his head inside the pod and his body outside
- our Jake's not very smart sometimes, but a little bit of help ....

Jake thinks this is what kitty heaven must be like
and 'B' is enjoying the company while he does Uni work ....

Everyone is happy with the exception of Baby my daughter's cat.
So I guess it's time to make another !

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Nuno Felt a Baby Blanket

The wet weather has offered me an opportunity to
tidy and re-organise . . . and I found these pictures
taken when I made some nuno felted baby blankets, so I thought I'd share them now . . .
I love to make them. They end up so soft and snuggly.
It's just a shame I don't have a photo of a baby wrapped in one ! 
Anyway, I buy fine cotton voile
and use the whole width (discarding the selvedges).
I lay out fine stripes of merino fleece,
taking care to evenly cover the edges
then lay silk randomly across the fleece,
add leaves and silk roses
until I'm happy with the layout.
Then secure the silk with a superfine cobweb of merino
and wet it all down with a fine mist of room temperature soapy water,
soaking the fibres until they flatten
Double check all the voile edges to ensure they are covered with fleece
and that nothing else has strayed from it's place
and roll it up slowy.
You will often find the voile lifts and bubbles, trying to let air escape
and may cause the pattern to move.
Check this as you go and adjust as necessary
. . . you won't have another chance for a little while to do this without risking
losing your pattern.
Also, with the fibres wet, it's often easier to see
how well you've anchored your silk, so check this too as you roll it up.  
If there's not enough - now is the time to add more.
Nuno felt is a fussy (and hugely rewarding) way to felt - you have to be very patient
and begin rolling back and forth with little to no effort at first.
Do this for some time before opening the roll for the first time.
Why ? Well, try to imagine all the fibres laying in there next to each other.
What we need to do is gently push the fibre ends through the voile so they are able to
meet and grip each other on the other side of the voile before they begin to
felt together on the surface of the fabric.  
This is the begining of the process of felting which will cause
the voile to be pulled up within the fleece and create
 the puffy effect where there are no fibres. 
Moving the roll gently at first will help the fibre ends to wriggle their way through
the voile and form strong bonds with each other.
The photo above shows the first time the roll was opened.
Take time to gently check the edges and then roll it back up from the other end.
Continue this process until you can feel and see
the fibres easily on the wrong side of the voile
and continue rolling, gradually increasing pressure
and rotating the fabric from time to time.
Then it gets exciting.
Just when you think you'll be there,
rolling away until Christmas next year,
 you will see the rows of fleece begin to firm up and become stronger.
It will not feel so fragile and this is the time to begin gently tossing the blanket.
Begin gently, tossing several times, then lay out the fabric,
bringing it always back to the shape you've chosen, check the edges and repeat
. . . the fabric will begin to pucker.
As it puckers more, you can turn your toss into a throw
and increase the intensity. This forces the fibres hard into the voile
where they will mesh even more tightly.

continue until the blanket is just a little bigger than you'd like - and it's time to rinse.
I rinse in luke warm water and throw a few more times (which will cause more shrinkage),
then submerge in fresh water with a little white vinegar 
to help neutralise the effects of the soap.
Now gently squeeze out the excess water, pull into shape and lay flat to dry.
And it's finally finished ! 
Please note : This is just the way I do it
- if you're new to Nuno Felting, have a hunt around and read up first .
 .. be prepared to have a play with something small before you start something this size.
A class is often a good option - if its at all possible.
That way, you not only learn from your tutor but also those around you - and who knows
what experience they might have to share?
And likewise ... if I can help - I'm only an email away !

Saturday, 12 January 2013

New Year Wishes ...

Yet another year has begun and ....
My wish for the world
is that it be
a better, safer, happier place
sprinkled with love and care
My wish is that crazy, cruel, frantic events
occur with such rare frequency
that children's memories will not be scarred,
the elderly will not be afraid
and the innocent will be protected.
I'm dreaming you say ?
   ... everything begins with a dream

Thank You
to all who visit this blog
and Best Wishes for
A Safe and Peaceful New Year !

What is felting?

"FELT" The Essential Macquarie Dictionary meaning:

"A non woven fabric of wool, fur or hair matted together by pressure"

Fibres can be manipulated with the use of soap, water, friction and heat variations ..........or the use of barbed needles to create many interesting, practical and wearable things.

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