In an attempt to find more storage I had to clear out some junk that should never been stored in the first place. I am sure everyone has some of this. While I was rummaging I found my old tiny needle felting machine. Its a small converted sewing machine. I had forgotten I even had it.
I used to have a larger one but I sold it when I moved more into wet felting hats and scarves. Instead of having a sponge pad for the needles to poke down into it had a plate with a hole for each needle. I really didn’t enjoy using it. You could hear the needles hitting the edges of the holes as you tried to move the fabric around. You need to move the fibers and base around slowly while needling to cover an area. I was always sure the needles were going to break and either jam the machine or fly. I didn’t want to have to wear safety glasses as I worked.
I have the big cityscape I made with the little machine framed and for sale. It has almost sold several times. With someone trying to decide between it and another piece and the other always went instead. One day it will find the right home. Today I would do more wet felting and less needle felting but all the little machine would probably still be the easiest way to place with the little windows. Not the best shot of it but I have no place to hang it or even lean it properly to take its picture. framed it is about 36 inches by 24 inches.
Anyway I am glad I found it . I think it will be useful for tacking things down and adding smaller pieces that tend to move around to much in the wet felting process. Of course part of that problem is me being impatient. I think I am going to see if I can make a better guard. I wonder if anyone I know works with clear plastic and I could maybe commission a clear guard attachment.
This week we’ve had some new arrivals. first was this lovely red Dexter heifer. born just before dark so the picture is of my son in the dark with my husband holding the flashlight.
Then we had some lambs.
This morning it was Chrissy’s turn. My hubby was going to feed the bottle lambs when he fount them. Lamb was up and dry. No problem bringing them in till Chrissy saw the bottles lying on the ground and was more interested in trying to get a drink then going in the pen with her lamb. Once a bottle lamb always a bottle lamb. she was to busy nibbling my coat to get in the picture herself.
I also washed some wool mostly it is still yucky with to much chaff in it. The brown looks ok and some of the white I can cut the curls from the felted base. The rest will end up as mulch. Free fleece is seldom usable fleece.
Last week end a friend Dianne Lemire and I went down to our friends Maureen Harding’s place for a felters weekend. Another friend Susan came on Friday to felt with us. It is so much fun to spend a week end with other people that love to felt.
I wanted to make a new little purse to use at shows. First I did a black one with a nice blue silk inside and a pocket. For the design on the flap I balled up some peices of orange silk and wound them up with thread to keep them in a ball.
I used a piece of black prefelt to cover them. Then some silk roving to make them look more like a swirl. I used a scrap of commercial prefelt but you could make a piece of your own. Once it was dry I cut the tops off the raised peices to reveal the bright colour underneath.
This is the inside with the pocket and you can see I added an orange nuno swirl that is hidden by the front flap.
Black is great but I decided I needed something brighter as well so I went with a multi coloured roving in orange.
I added a pocket to this one too. Here you can see I forgot to add soap to the water and it sits on the wool in beads. I think its a cool picture.
I used the flat glass “marbles” that they sell for decorating instead of silk balls this time. You can really see the out line of the marbles on the inside of the flap
I made a long snake to use as a strap. It is long enough to wrap around my waist or use as a shoulder bad depending on what I am wearing. I will put some grommets in the ends and 2 on the back to thread the rope through.
The holes I cut to reveal the marbles are not very big. I think I will probably enlarge them. I will post a picture when the grommets are in and the holes are bigger.
I will show you more form our felting weekend in my next post.
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