Sunday, December 8, 2013
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Building a Felted Scarf Ring
To build a felted scarf ring I used surgical tubing 8" long. Then I taped it into a circle placing a small piece of duct tape around the area where the ends meet. Then I took 18 gauge green floral stem wire cut into 5" lengths. Then I ran the wire across the diameter of the circles and wrapped the ends of the wire around the surgical tubing. Next I wrapped wool roving around it all. Then I wet it down with warm soapy water and rubbed and worked the fibers until they felted. This scarf ring could be embellished with beading or variation of colored wool.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
How to wet felt a square bowl
Awhile back I showed a sketch from my digital sketchbook showing an idea I had for felting a square bowl. Well here it is and this is how I made it.
These instruction are for experienced felters who know basic felting techniques.
Step 1. Cut a square of fine sculpting wire what ever size you want to make your bowl including the sides that will be folded up after felting.
Step 2. Place wire on bubble wrap then lay out your wool fibers in two or 3 layers on each side of the wire as if you were making a vessel and the wire was your resist.
Step 3. Place netting over wool and wet down with warm soapy water. Rub with your hands until fibers begin to felt. Flip whole thing over and rub the second side.
Step 4. Remove netting and cover with bubble wrap top and bottom. I use my electric sander to complete the felting process. Sand for 5 to 8 minutes each side.
Step 5. Remove from bubble wrap and take to sink rinse with very hot water. Drop it in the sink flat on each side several times. Then rinse in cold water. Repeat this step a couple more times to finish fulling.
Step 6. Drain off excess water and pat dry with a towel. Set aside to dry.
Step 7. While Square is drying make 4 - 1 1/2 inch felted balls for the feet. Check Internet for instructions on how to make felted beads or balls if you don't know how.
Step 8. Needle felt design (flower) onto inside center of square. I used my multi needle felting tool and the needles go through the metal mesh nicely.
Step 9. Take a metal ruler and fold up sides and crease to form bowl. Pinch corners to form square walls that meet in the corners.
Step 10. Hot glue gun the felted ball feet to the bottom of each corner.
My studio will be open both Saturday and Sunday , Nov. 9 and 10th. I will be showing and selling Fiber Art and Paintings. Look for information about the tour at www.Placerarts.org.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Getting Ready For The AUTUMN ART STUDIO TOUR
The Placer Arts Autumn Art Studio Tour is coming up soon on November 9th and 10th in Placer county in California. Where has the time gone. I am working frantically on more felted flowers and other felted projects for the event. I guess I should make some red flowers for the holidays. Better get busy with that.
My studio will be open both Saturday and Sunday and I will be showing and selling Fiber Art and Paintings. Look for information about the tour at www.Placerarts.org.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Mini Felted Square Bowl
This is a sample square felted bowl. I just received some new sculpting wire in the mail yesterday. I had to try it out and see how it works in my felting project. It is much better then window screen in that it curves easier and does not ravel at the edges with little wires sticking out. I made this little square dish by wet felting 2 layers of wool over the wire. I also used a sander to do the felting. When it was done felting I bent the small square of 6"x6" into many different shapes. What fun. You can repurpose that little square into several uses at any time. This photo shows a small dish with rolled sides useful for earrings and jewelry on your night stand etc. To roll the corners I gently rolled them over a pencil until they formed a mitered corner. I am going to try making a larger sized one next time.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Now finished......What started out to be a square bowl but is now a purse.
My square bowl project almost finished except for putting a magnetic closure on it.
I made a rope strap by laying out a length of wool top a little longer then I needed. I tried something new by placing a length of cotton cording about 1/4 in thick on top of the wool. I lightly folded the wool over the cording and lightly tacked it with a needle felting needle. Then I wet it down with hot soapy water and lightly rolled it back and forth with the palms of my hands. Just very lightly at first then increase pressure a little at a time until it starts firming up. I left 3 or 4 inches of felted dry wool at each end. When the rope was very firm I finished the ends by wrapping some wool around the rope where the dry felt met the wet rope. Then wet that down and folded the dry felt in half meeting the bottom of the felt I just wrapped around. Now I wet that down and rubbed with finger to start felting. Then I used my sander to finish felting and flatten those ends to make a strong flat surface to stitch the handled onto the purse. Seams to make a nice strong handle attaching method. And using the cord in the rope uses less wool and is easier to roll without getting creases.
I forgot I also sewed a green lining and put that in before attaching the handle.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Not Exactly a Square Bowl
Well I was working on a square bowl using my wire mesh method of felting. Sometimes things don't go as planned. I used a coarser longer fiber wool and some batt wool and it was to thick and too long and it didn't felt through the wire. The first time I used the wire I used just Merino wool and it worked great.
After I felted the project I cut one edge open and removed the wire mesh. Now it can either be a bag or a pillow cover. I needle felted some dyed silk scraps and yarn onto the bag to make a floral embellishment. Latter I will make a felted strap to attach to it and make it a bag. If your projects don't turn out as planned you can usually use the felted wool for another project. So don't give up....be creative!
I may add a little more detail in the way of more stem yarn needle felting. Then it needs a fabric lining. I will show a photo when it is completely finished.
I'm not giving up on the square bowl. Look forward to seeing it in the near future.
Sketch Book Felting Idea For Next Project
I usually think of ideas for felting laying in bed before falling asleep. I have started using Bamboo sketch book on the ipad to jot down my rough ideas so I don't forget them by morning.
This is last nights thoughts. Make a square piece of felt with wire mesh encased in it. Create a nice design in the bottom either wet felted or needle felted after felting. Then fold and mold into a box and make some felted ball feet for it. Make it about 10x10. Look for the finished project in my next post.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Switched to 2d felting....Angelfish Wool Painting
To keep things fresh I switched to 2d felting. Working from a reference photo I layed out the background and wet felted it to make a prefelt (partially felted). I let it dry then needle felted more details. Then I finished the felting and fulling process. I let it dry again and then free motion stitched even finer details.
Friday, September 20, 2013
Wet Felted Vessel With Craters
Today I thought I would try making craters on the sides of a vessel. I cut out a resist of plastic the shape I wanted and placed two layers of wool on each side. I then placed some gold wool in the areas I wanted to make the craters. Then I put plastic circles on top of that for a resist. Then I added the last two layer of wool covering the circles. The last layer was more decorative and I used a finer wool. I wet felted as usual and at the point where the big resist was removed I also located the circles by feel and cut a slit to remove them. I used my fingers to enlarge the hole and worked the edges of the hole to smooth and felt them. I then finished the felting process by fulling as usual. Then I shaped it and put a glass in it to help shape a flat bottom. Then set it aside to dry.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Todays Wet Felting Adventure
Today was a great day to experiment and try wet felting an idea I had sketched in my sketchbook on the iPad. I drew the shape and cut out a template for the resist. I intuitively chose colors as I went along. The first two layers I used off white wool batt. The next two layers were a striated wool roving made up of many colors that from a distance looks gray. The last layer I used some lime green roving, some off white from the batt, and some yellow pencil roving.
After all was said and done the finished vessel reminded me of the moss on the damp cliffs of the Oregon coast that I visited last summer.
This is the template I made with the first layer of wool layed on one side.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
3d Workshop at Tin Thimble Felt Fest 2013
Saturday class with Nicola Brown an international instructor from Ireland.
The first workshop was three dimensional wet felting using the open resist method. We also learned how to embed glass stones into our work. Also we learned how to make spikes and dreadlocks.
The first thing I did was make spikes leaving loose fiber at the bottom to attach to the vessel.
Next I began working on a vessel which turned out to be more of a bowl shape.
This photo shows the vessel at the stage where all the wool has been layed out on a plastic circular resist on both sides. The other side not shown has an opening left in the center for the top of the bowl and for removing the resist. The photo shows what will be the inside of the bowl. The spikes are being added to the bowl by spreading out the dry fibers left on the spikes and wetting them down and felting them into the bowl fibers.
This is the bowl as it is being felted more after adding on the spikes. At this point it is inside out. It still need to be fulled and shrunk more in hot water.
This is the completed vessel. Not quite a masterpiece but not bad for working in a workshop situation. This spike technique can be used in many different forms such as on hats, in the center of flowers, on wrist cuffs etc. When felted well the spikes will stand up quite stiffly and can be formed when wet in to spirals or curves.