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featured artist : vital temptation

14 Jan

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When I first saw vital temptations work I was awe struck. Bold, whimsical, and flowing.  This is the type of felting that I love and would love to create. I was inspired to say the least. I actually created this blog after I saw her items for the first time.  She does have her own blog : http://vitaltemptation.blogspot.com. Also an ETSY shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/VitalTemptation. Vital temptation is one of my all time favorite felters. The above pictures are from her etsy shop. I hope you enjoy and are inspired by her items as much as I am.

marlene’s felting madness

21 Jun

This site is awesome! It has items for needle felting, but delivers more for wet felting. First reason I love this site is because it has a wet felting tool kit. When I wanted to start wet felting I had a hard time figuring out how I was going to get a rolling mat, mesh and a rolling bar. I wanted to use a solar pool cover piece, but didn’t want to have to buy the whole thing! Marlene’s saved the day!

It comes in two different sizes, so all your project sizes are covered. Marlene’s also carries an excellent assortment of wool colors. I spent my fair my share of money at her booth at the maryland sheep and wool festival this year. Unfortunately some of the color choices on the site do not have a picture linked up to them.  You can order nuno felting fabric from the site as well as silk throwers waste for embellishments.

The site also has a free needle and wet feting tutorial. The needle felting one is for a lady bug and the wet felting one is for a little pouch. There is also a link to some of her own creations. I just love this one! It’s called “Signs of Life Series: Confusion, Dilemma & Narrow-Mindedness”. Excellent representation.

Marlene’s felting madness is a great resource for supplies and inspiration. And make sure you look at her checklist to see if you’ve come down with a case felting madness.

wet felting first attempt

17 Jun

This is my first attempt in wet felting. It’s meant to be a cobweb scarf, although I think I fulled it more than I was supposed too. I left holes in the scarf so I had different places to pull the other end through. That allowed me to play with different ways of wearing it. I bought the roving for this at the maryland sheep and wool festival, but I don’t remember what the color combo was called.

Wet felting is definitely a different beast compared to needle felting. With needle felting I can work on it a little here and there, put in just 5 minutes a day if I want too. When you start a wet felting project you have to commit time into doing it and you should’t rush it. I enjoyed creating this scarf and hope that that I can become as talented as some of the other wet felt textile artists out there!

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