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Christmas felt pebbles, brooch & pic

I fancied a change today.  No scarves today, I wanted to do something different. Something cute. Something small.

Felted Christmas pebbles

Wet felted Christmas pebbles approx 5x3cm

Wet felted Christmas pebbles approx 5x3cm

So I collected some pebbles from the garden and felted them in Christmas colours;

red with green silk,

white with red silk,

green with red silk,

white with purple silk,

purple with white silk and a touch of sparkly gold Angelina fibre.

Yummy!!

I’ve also covered one pebble in dark blue with lighter blue silks and I think I will be embroidering a star on that one.

I think these will make lovely little stocking fillers, or Christmas table decorations.

Then I made a…

15x15cm Felt picture

This is of an evening nature scene, 15x15cm which I will stick onto a canvas of the same size.

Here are a couple of pics of the layout and the picture itself.  The first one is of the layout, mainly of merino wool, with some silk tops, a little Angelina fibre in the sky, some nepps as stars, some silk noile flowers and a little bit of silk sari for patterning in the foreground.  The photo of the layout was taken in daylight and the one of the finished painting was taken in artificial light this evening, so there’s a bit of a difference with the hues.

Layout for nature evening scene

Layout for nature evening scene

Wet felted picture 15x15cm of evening nature scene

Wet felted picture 15x15cm of evening nature scene

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Needle felted brooch – country scene

Then, with time to spare, I got out my felting needle and a large button for sizing, and felted a little nature scene with a poppy in the front, which I stuck onto the button, after I’d attached a brooch clasp to the back.  Here are a couple of photos of this.  It is very cute, and only 4cm in diameter.

I thoroughly enjoyed making these different objects and I’ll make some more smaller, and different items, which I’ll be able to display for my customers at the two pre-Christmas markets that I’ll be attending.

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Love Poppies! – Nuno felt scarf!

Here’s a lovely lightweight scarf I have just made.  I couldn’t leave the poppies until I had used the theme on at least one other item.

Changing my style slightly, although still keeping the scarf as fine as possible and using the wool mainly to ‘stick’ silk to silk, I laid one end of the scarf out showing a poppy field, and the other with three large poppy heads.

This will be on display over the weekend as well.

One Day Felting Workshop – for beginners

During the first Open Studio weekend I made a small piece of felt to demonstrate the wet felting technique for four lovely ladies who had come along to Sandra Price’s studio where I was fortunate enough to show my felt art alongside her beautiful and colourful artwork.

Last week, Sandy let me know that a couple of these ladies were interested in making a nuno felt scarf, so I surprised myself by being very proactive and organised a workshop for Saturday the 3rd of August.

I have all the information at my other website, including what you receive in your Funtastic Felt Pack which you use during the workshop and which you also get to take home so you are all set to make another piece of felt if you wish.

Places are very limited, so if you would like to come along, please visit the following link  and follow the prompts.  One Day Felting Workshop

If you can’t make the 3rd August but would love to learn to make a beautiful lightweight nuno felt scarf, contact me and I’ll put you into another workshop.

Alternatively, if you and 2 or 3 friends would like to learn to make a scarf on a different date, contact me and we can work out a day that suits everyone. 🙂

Technicolour Dream Felt Glasses Case!

I took the square of felt I made at the open studio on Sunday and turned it into the most beautiful Technicolour Dream Felt Glasses Case I’ve made ever!  Well, I think so.

Instead of folding it with two creases to make a traditional case shape with flap, the pattern of the material suggested more of an ice cream cone shape.

Using a multi-shaded cotton thread in greens and aquas, I used a running stitch to sew it together.  First of all I secured the inner fold with ‘invisible’ sewing – I love felt as it is very forgiving and you can hide stitches in the thickness and multi-colouring. I didn’t sew all the way to the top of the case, but left about 2.5cm open so you can see the inner fold as well.  I reinforced the top stitch a few times so it’s strong enough for wear and tear… off and on, in and out … I use my specs a lot!

I continued the running stitch to the top of the front flap, and finished it off as a spiral, bringing the stitching together with the circles theme of the silk and wool inlays.

Now I can’t wait to go out and show it off!  (What a poser!)

My lounge is a mess, but I’ve made some great jewellery!

Lounge and studio

As you can see, my lounge has been transformed – no not trashed – into my crafting studio today.

I’ve had a great afternoon making more felt jewellery.  I really liked the turquoise wearable art set that I talked about yesterday, so I got all my bits and pieces out of the crafty kind and set about making some more wearable art sets.

I began with the green felt cuff and designed a necklace and set of earrings to match.  I’m new at making jewellery and am still taking my time to bend the wire carefully so the earrings match each other. This means the project is taking longer than I’d like, because I’ve got a craft market tomorrow and really want more pieces than I have left.  However, I was so pleased with how the green set turned out, I am glad I took my time.

Rushing something so I can see the finished result and start the next thing is a tendency of mine, but felting and creating generally is a great teacher of working methodically.  Especially if you’re making two of a kind like earrings, you can’t rush the job because you might well end up with two mis-matched earrings and that would be frustrating.

So, I was very patient and acted my age instead of my shoe size, taking my time and not forcing the birth of my new felt babies.

Here’s the green set, which I think goes very nicely with the green cuff/bracelet.

Green felt wearable art set

 

 

I then turned to the maroon cuff with a view to making a set with that.  The turquoise and green necklaces were made using pre-bought ribbon and thread pre-strung onto clasps.  I had to undo the clasps and thread the felt and beading onto them.  Easier said than done I’ll tell ya.  The felt roll was okay because it had a big central hole, as were the two large glass beads on either side.  But threading the smaller glass onto the green thread proved to be tricky.  Each time I tried to thread a tiny glass bead onto the thread, it frayed.

To fix this, I got some sticky tape and wound it round the end so some stuck out over the end, which I  cut into a point.  That pointy end acted like a needle and made it easier to thread the glass seed beads onto.

Then I just had to re-attached the clasp and hey presto!  One more necklace.

However, when it came to making the maroon necklace, I didn’t have a coloured ribbon/thread necklace as a base.  I used some tiger tail instead and threaded the whole thing on there.  However, I couldn’t leave the tiger tail exposed, so I threaded tiny glass seed beads all the way up to the clasp, which I added and fixed with crimps.

Considering this is a new creative avenue for me, I’m surprised at how easily I managed to put it together.  I’m hoping it’s not beginner’s luck.

Anyhow, here’s a pic of the finished maroon necklace.

Maroon felt necklace

When it came to making the maroon earrings, I wanted to try something a little different.  So I added a little dangly red bead at the bottom – a new technique which gave a cool finish – and I think looks lovely.  The addition of freshwater pearls to the necklace and earrings give a nice richness to them, and ties them in with the handmade button on the bracelet.

While the photos don’t really do the work justice, (it’s raining here and inside’s a bit dark) I think you can see them clearly enough.  Here are a few more photos, showing the maroon earrings and a few extra angles.

 

On a more practical theme

I had a great day at a local craft market last weekend and have a big excuse to get creative over the long weekend this Easter.

Hand dying wool and silk rovings,

Hand dying tissue silk,

Hand dying pre-felt batts,

Putting it all together and making …

Scarves

…………………. Purses

…………………………………. Mobile phone cases

…………………………………………………….. Cute little keepsake purses

Now I’m searching for some inspiration. 🙂

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