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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Felted Scarf Ring

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

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.

enjoy!

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

Placer Arts Autumn Art Studio Tour

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 Square Felted Dish

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.