I have been playing with fiber all week whenever I could catch a spare minute. I have begun to stick my toe in the water in the land of Needle Felting. What I have discovered is with all the tutorials and tips out there, there seems to be a lot that is left out. I am using what help I can find, from all the generous fiber fairies out in webbie land, but at the same time finding there could be more. I am going to devote this blog Knitsister to felting tips I come across and what I figure out on my own. I will put pictures of my own felting on there; the good, the bad and the downright awful. Even the gad awful I learn something from. I have found in needle felting that sometimes what I have in mind and what the fiber wants to become might be slightly different. I try to keep in mind what I want, but also let the fiber have some of its way too. I am also finding as I see different sites and different tips that there are no rules. You want to add other mediums, have at it. I thought I would be a purist and only use needle felting, but am finding already adding my painting and sewing experience will only make it more enjoyable & more interesting to do. The finished product definately benefits from the other crafts I I have learned. I have also learned stabbing myself has become a part of my life now, LOL!
These are felted using cookie cutters. You stuff them full of fiber and punch away. You have to really hold the cookie cutters down tightly or the fiber will force its way out from under the cookie cutter. It will take some experience to learn just how much to put into the cookie cutter and you have to pay attention to getting enough in the detail portions of the cutter. I saw a lot of these made up for sale at the fiber fest and what I did not like about most that I saw were just how unfinished and messy they looked. Yet still I was intrigued to try doing it. I found it is not a throw away method of felting, it still takes time. I also used scissors and carefully skimmed over the surface clipping stray fibers, working very closely to the project and cleaning it up. The edges also took extra needle felting once they were out of the cutter to clean them up. The time I took really made the difference from the more unfinished I had seen. So these are my first two and that is what I have learned so far. Oh, I did miss photographing a tiny cookie cutter lamb I did. I will get that up. I found the smaller the cutter the easier it was to loose the teeny details. The mitten is a large cookie cutter and the small mitten is another one I felted and then needle felted onto the big one. The white one is a polar bear.
This is my first Jack O' Lantern. It was pretty easy and I first viewed Kay from Felt Alives free tutorial but I cannot find it now. Here is her site though. A wonderfully talented lady. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcfbgtyrz2U&feature=related
Here is another YouTube site that makes needle felted pumpkins and shows a great technique for making roving balls in your washer too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDufUyPsncw
My Jack O' Lantern isn't perfect or the cutest, but I thought not bad for the first one. Lining everything with small strands of black fiber was finicky and took some time.
Here is my unfinished Toad Stool House. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfIdc87o57I
This is the You Tube video that will show you how to make your own. There are three parts and above is part one & the rest can be found there too. The video is well done and I am taking it one further and making a whole little world revolving around the house. In the picture is the first of several felted mushrooms to go with it and a tree trunk chair. The spindly legs on the chair will make more sense when I felt them to a base.
These are my two hideous snowmen. The first ones I have made and it shows. I only like the mittens holding the snowball on the tall one. The little one I don't like anything on him, but I learned something from both...I learned I make ugly snowmen, LOL!