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first etsy order

20 Jan

This is a quick post. I got my first etsy order! It was a customer order of a beluga whale. It’e for the customers 2 year old grandson who adores whales. I loved whales growing up too, so I was excited to do this as my first order. I grew up in southern California and spent a fair amount of time at sea world.  I used several different whale pictures I found off the internet as a model. I hope he likes it and gets years of fun out of this cute whale.

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felted lambs for baby mobile

20 Oct

I was commissioned by my friend Laura to felt 5 little lambs so she and her husband could turn them into a mobile for the little girl they are expecting. She wanted 4 white and 1 black.

Here is the core wool shape. If you are having a hard time with your core or shaping of animals I recommend getting the book Little Felted Animals. It really helps you get perspective on making good cores.

The whole family together! I really like how each one has there own expressions and hairdos! I used cotswold locks form LaTeaDaDesigns. For the eyes I used glass beads with wire ends and for extra support I used fast grab glue.

A close up of little black’s face. I used a different darker pink of the cheeks of this one. The light pink looked weird on the black. The locks were dyed black and the believe the black was purple based. There are some cool tiny purple pockets that come out.

I hope Laura enjoys these little guys as much as I do. My boyfriend’s mom can’t get over how cute they are. She even told me she tried counted sheep the other night to fall asleep and imagined these little ones! Check out Laura’s blog about her pregnancy and she what her journeys all about : young, broke, and pregnant.

Thanks!

needle felted humpback whales

29 Jun

Humpback whales are magnificent creatures. So beautiful and graceful. My friend at work asked me to make her a humpback whale, so I made a pod! I made these by just looking at different humpback whale pictures on the internet.
This is what the whale core looks like. Working with a core allows you to keep a similar shape and size when trying to make identical items. I kept calling them whale larva!

This a great over view picture of my materials used and a before and after shot. I blended different color wools with a hand carder to get the color that I wanted. I used a bright blue, black and gray for the bulk of the whale. The pleated area was just white and gray.

This is a before and after tail shot. It’s amazing to see how much it shrinks in size.

You can really see all the different colors in the “whale fur” in this picture. I love the little bumps on the mouth!  These whales can be used as plastic free children’s toys or even artfully mounted as a statue!

needle felted work by ray cannon

24 Jun



I found this while stumbling on stumbleupon. They are fantastic! Unfortunately, I can’t find out any more information on Ray Cannon or picture’s of his work. But click the pictures to link up to the websites that I found. If anyone out there as any more info on this guy let me know! His detail is great and I just love his modern “subjects”. Very cool indeed.

the felted ewe

12 Jun

In keeping with the beginnings of my felting hobby, the first website I bought supplies from was the felted ewe, a needle felting focused website. Cleverly titled and full of everything the needle felter needs. It’s a complete website with supplies, kits, wool felt and books. It’s very safe to order from and the shipping is swift.

I love the roving colors and to quote the site, “Beginners find all of our fibers the easiest for them to work with & advanced needle felters can’t get enough of them!”. I have to concur; they felt lovely. One of my other favorites from this site is the wooden single needle holder.

I know it’s so simple but it really helps with grip and you can color code them for all your needle sizes. Which is easier to do then trying to paint the ends of all your needles! The needle selection from this site is stellar. 6 different types of needle sizes so you have have a full spread for each part of your felting endeavor.

In my anatomical heart post I mentioned that I bought the pumpkin felting kit from this site, linked here. Pumpkins are super super easy and are the perfect starting project. You can crank them out and get instant gratification. Here’s my little pumpkin patch!

And here is a blue bird that I made for my boyfriend’s mother using the blue bicycle color roving and some of the left over pumpkin orange that I had.

felting needles 101

9 Jun

The felting needle, so small, yet so powerful. When I first started felting I had no idea what needles I should be buying and what size I should be using. Gauge 36,38,40,42? Then pick triangle or star!? I read books and watched videos, but everyone seemed to have their favorites. I now know I love 38 star. I feel it’s the most versatile  and it works best for me.

The felting needle is very thin and very sharp. The needle breaks very easily. If you start bending in the slightest it will snap off. This happens easier with the smaller gauges. You can buy needle holders for you needles to help with grip or if you need to use more than one at a time.

Also, If you felt like me and you like to hold your project, you will poke yourself. I am better at it now with minimal finger pokes, but when I started, my thumb and index finger were covered with stabs marks. You can buy finger protectors from a felting site or a quilters thimble from your local sewing store.

The follwoing excerpt is from wizpick.com. It explains the anatomy of the felting needle. Wizpick has many many different needles to choose from. Unfourtunely, you can’t buy them from their website, you have to find a retailer. It is great to look at the diversity of all the needles though.

Felting Needle Characteristics

Felting needles are made from carbon steel and are either 3 or 3 ½ inches long. The L-shaped hook fits into industrial equipment or in our case is the end we hold; the sharp point at the other end facilitates penetration. The “working zone” (about one third of the needle) is typically triangular in cross section, having three edges with a series of barbs cut into one or more of these edges. These barbs catch and move the fibers as the needle is repeatedly jabbed into a fiber mass. The number, spacing, depth and angle of the barbs (and the needle gauge) dictate how the needle works, and hence what it is best used for.

Barb number:

The total number of barbs per needle influences the speed of the felting process; fewer barbs allow for more precision.

Star needles have a high number of barbs, but are designed to penetrate firm felt easily, working fast and resulting in more tensile strength

Working edge:

Most felting needles are triangular with three working edges, except Star needles which are a new innovation with four edges.

You will find that needles with only one or two working edges will penetrate denser felt more easily. A needle on which the barbs are situated on one edge in a row right behind each other will move fiber reliably and can also be used sideways, parallel to the surface of the felting project

Barb spacing and form:

Needles on which the barbs are spiraled evenly up the working blade will accomplish an even needling effect over more depth. To produce a smooth felted surface the barbs should be situated close to the tip of the needle.

Deeper barbs and more barb angle will transport more fiber but also be more aggressive.

Gauge:

The gauge (diameter) of the working zone for wool needles ranges from 32 (coarse) to 42 (super fine). In general, start your project with a coarser needle and work to a finer needle for finishing. Choose thicker needles to felt coarse fibers and finer needles when working with finer fibers. Wizpick offers a range of 16 different needles. Even Merino wools will easily embrace sculptural detail. Silk can be needle felted although it is quite a challenge to retain the attractive properties of the silk, especially the luster.

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