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    Ruth’s Christmas Postcard

    It’s holiday time again and we ran a holiday card exchange with members from the Felting and Fiber Studio Forum again this year. People signed up a little over a month ago. I ran the names through a random name generator gave everyone their partners name and by now all the card should be mailed. I got Ruth this year. I usually just do one card but I hedged my bets and made 2 this year. Here is how I made it. I started with 2 layers of white prefelt. I added the sky and then the snow. Then I used some darkish green prefelt to cut out triangles for…

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    More bits of things.

    This week I did a few things. I put hang tags and price stickers on all the dryer balls, bags, soap and ruffle neck scarves that go to the Log Farm for sale. At shows I usually just use signs when I have groups of things that are all the same price. I delivered those and almost immediately got a call from the Museum store saying they needed more soap and dryer balls. Yesterday I made up the dryer balls and popped them into the washer today. I would show you what they look like done but my dryer died. Thats a job for tomorrow now. I did however get…

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    Happy Felt Hat Makers

    Just after I took my Moy MacKay class I taught a felt hat class to 6 enthusiastic students. they wanted different styles but they all wanted folds in the top. and decorating, I am sure I took more pictures at this point but something went wrong because they are not on my phone. Then there was rubbing and rolling to do. Here they are after some shrinking but not there yet. The did shrink much to everyone’s amazement. I don’t think they really believed they would ever fit. These brims on these 2 wide brimmed hats are to heavy to hold themselves up while wet. They will be fine once…

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    A class with Moy MacKay

    Last week I had the opportunity to take a 2 day class with Moy MacKay. I went with a couple of friends and we had a great time. We did the wet felting on day one. We had 2 pictures to choose from for the landscape. I chose the one the left. Moy demonstrated and explained to us how to work and what to do. We got to ask questions. She told us to take lots of pictures as we went because you see things in the picture that you don’t see in just looking at it. Still I didn’t take enough. First we laid out the background Then we…

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    A Picture for Exhibition

    Last week I missed doing my blog post because I had no power or internet. My area was hit by 6 tornados. We were not hit we had no damage. Some areas near us were hit very hard, the large power substation near us was hit and some of the cell phone and internet towers too. Before all that I did manage to work on my piece for the guild exhibition and sale. I do not think I will get it done in time as it is due in a week. The theme was a 100-mile inspiration. I decided to do a scene with the Parlement buildings. I am using…

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    Ruffled Neck Scarf Workshop

    Last week I taught a Ruffle Neck Scarf workshop. This was the first time teaching it and it went very well. I was worried about the timing but it all worked out. I thought the class at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum. They have a nice big classroom with lots of light. and water. As usual, I forgot to take pictures early but here are two of them being laid out You can see the template they used to get the layout right and keep it even from one end to the other. I drew it with the outline to follow and a line on them to let them know…

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    Dying Some Silk

    I am teaching a class next week and needed to dye some more silk for embellishment. I had looked in my silk box to see what I had and I seem to have a lot of green and not much pink/purple. I use a variation on the scrunch dying I use for the scarf blanks. I soak the silk in a little soapy water to get them properly wet before dying. I use just enough fibre reactive dye to cover the silk. Then leave it for about an hour and put the PH up (sodium carbonate) in. I mix the PH up one tablespoon for each cup of water including…

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    Scarves Done, Well, Almost

    The felting part of the scarves is all done. I have moved to adding buttons. A friend helped me pick out all the buttons at our guild social On Monday night. At one point we had lots of buttons out of the bags on the table as we poked through them in search of just the right button. Unfortunately no picture of that. Jan got a great close up of this button we were trying on this scarf. Actually all these pictures were taken by Jan Scott except the 2 of her and her new wheel. Here is a picture of part of the social. There was spinning and weaving…

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    Felted Cat Cave A Quick How To

      Posted on May 27, 2018 by shepherdessann Another old post from me. This is one of the most visited posts we have, so thought everyone might like to see it again. I have been wanted to make a cat cave for sometime now. I decided it needed to be bright. I picked some Blue Faced Leicester  wool so it would be strong and dyed it chartreuse. Then I picked some purple and magenta for the spikes. Spikes and Wool I wanted an oval cat cave. I used my oval hat form to get the shape and gradually sized it up. Drawing the Resist I laid out 4 layers of wool for…

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    Techniques for Intermediate Felters Class-The Afternoon

    Last time I talked about the first half of the class, class-the-morning  In the afternoon they did one large sample of many things. They used foam tubes and lots of inclusions. There were two resists sticking up and spikes They added some silk and cotton squares, yarn,  some scrunched up silk and a silk flower. See the cool little rolling tool I got recently. It’s a little massage roller. This was it’s first try out. It worked really well. I have some other kinds ordered so I will do a post about them later.    Here are a couple of shots of me teaching. The left one is talking about adding some scruched up…