• Art,  Challenges,  felt art,  Wet felting

    Second Quarter Challenge Started

    I finally pieced a picture for my second quarter challenge piece. If you remember is it seascape this quarter. this is the picture I chose. I found it on the internet, where you find everything. It should be ok as I aske for free to use pictures. I started with a piece of prefelt a little bigger than a piece of paper, with the idea it would shrink to an to be the size of a piece of paper. And for a change I have a piece the right size. It is a mazing what some planning can do for you. You would think I would learn. Next I layered…

  • classes,  Nuno Felt

    Nuno Felt Workshop

    I had another wonderful group of ladies learning to make Nuno felt. I had 5 in the class. Here everyone is laying out their base wool on the silk blanks I had dyed for the class Ruth has been talking about layout effecting shrinkage. Some of these ladies are laying their wool along the scarf to get a shorter but wider scarf and the others are laying the wool across the scarf to get a longer but narrower scarf. After the base is laid down they get to add the embellishments, more wool, curls or silk fibres, hankies or throwsters waste. Then after much rubbing and rolling and some scrunching…

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    Dog Hair Felting

    This is a throw back post I thought you might enjoy because there have been a few people asking on Facebook about felting with dog hair. Just like sheep there are different kinds of dog hair and even the top coat and undercoat on every dog so you need to do a test piece for every new breed. Recently I was asked to make something out of dog hair in memory of the dog it came from. Originally the woman asked a friend of mine to spin the dog hair so it could be woven into something. The hair was to short for that so she suggested talking to me.…

  • Art,  classes,  wet felting

    Felted Flower Workshop

    Wednesday I taught an evening class in flowers at the Ottawa Valley Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild. It is a bit rushed for beginners to get both flowers finished but everyone got it done and we all had a good time. As usual, I kept forgetting to take pictures but I did get some and Jan was in the class and got some but she was busy too. First, we did a petunia/morning glory shaped flower this is me explaining how you layout the wool for the flower. Jan remembered to take a picture of her layout. This is part way through. Here everyone is diligently felting their flowers Shaping This…

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    First Quarter Challenge Done.

    Yay, I got it done in the first quarter. I didn’t seem to be able to do that last year. So let’s hope this is a good sign. You can see the beginning of this here: https://feltingandfiberstudio.com/2019/03/03/landscape-in-progress-1st-quarter-challenge/ I have slowly worked on it mostly at My guilds Social nights. I needed to put “wire” on my fence posts so I spun a thin grey single. I took it right off the spindle and onto the fence posts. I wanted some bullrushes mostly just because I like them. I really liked them but once I added some sheep they looked much too small for where they were. I really liked them…

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    The Hat is Finished

    So this week I managed to finished the hat in my last post. I left you with this picture: Next I covered it and rubbed it for a while. then rolled it up and into the dryer with no heat for 10 min. while I was waiting for that I started to lay out another hat. After the first tumble I took the hat out flipped and rotated it and rolled it up again. you can see the other hat I am working on under the bundle. After a few turns in the dryer I cut the hat open and shifted it so I would not be felting in the…

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    A new hat started and why it isn’t finished

    This week I decided to try a new style of hat. As it’s the first one and I don’t know if it will work I am making it fairly plain. To save time I started with a template I already had. I traced around it so I would have the nice round part in the right size all ready to add the new part.   This is the final shape. Next, I added some silk from silk hankies. The hankies are gray and pink. I stretched the hankies out long so I could wrap them around. They are hard to see, you can see them sticking out the sides. After…

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    Landscape in Progress (1st quarter challenge)

    I have been slowly working on the 1st quarter challenge on the Felting and Fiber Studio. I started with a piece of white prefelt to work on. Starting at the back I adding the sky and the mountains. The mountains are prefelt as well. Next I added the grass, clouds and water. This is where the water isn’t blue comment comes form, on one of my other posts. Mostly at this point everything is just a place marker to be added to after wet felting. So the first thing to do after wet felting it was to rip the water off. It looks better white than it did blue. I…

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    Silk Yarn Dying

    This week I decided to do some yarn dyeing. I bought some ends of cones someone brought in to the guild. They are perfect for me as I don’t need large amounts of any yarn. I couldn’t find my niddy noddy so I just wrapped the silk around a plastic box of curls. This is the largest cone I got. There was only one so I guess that’s why no on else wanted it. It is quite fine and it is a single yarn. I liked it because has little nubby bits. The other cones I got were almost empty. I did 3 kinds of silk or at least I…

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    Little Pot Finished

    As promised here is the finished pot. It did work, as if there was any doubt. All the problems I had were to do with the size of the pot and me. The first problem is that I cut the whole in the top much to big. I think it would have been better pot if it had curved in at the top. it is much to open making it more up and down. Part of that is the size of the piece. It is only about 2.5 inches tall. Also I should have to cut the holes sooner so I can work on the cut edges, or at the…