Felted Barnyard, Farm, Americana!

 ~ Felting Inspirations, Tutorials & Just Plain FUN!
We have a new theme for sharing and inspiring each week!

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We post images on this theme all week both on the blog and  facebook.

Join the fun, share yours on facebook…and send us your best pics for upcoming themes to submissions  @ livingfelt  DOTcom   Always a chance to win free felting supplies from http://www.LivingFelt.com

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Felting Themes: 

   
06/27/2015
Felted Barnyard, Farm Americana
07/04/2015 Ocean, Sea, Marine Life
07/11/2015 Trees, Trees, Trees!
07/25/2015 Jungle, Safari
Needle Felted Octopus vs. Starfish by Kathleen Dodge De-Haven on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Felted Octopus vs. Starfish!

Needle Felted Octopus vs. Starfish by Kathleen Dodge De-Haven on www.livingfelt.com/blogKathleen Dodge-DeHaven says, “I’m crazy about octopuses and the mythical kraken.
I’m planning a larger model, but that’s for the future. … I’ve taken to ordering your cross batts
for much of my work now because it felts down pretty smoothly.”
She calls this piece, Octopus vs. Starfish

Both the starfish and octopus have a wire armature. The octopus coloring
is New Zealand Corriedale in Cherry Red, the starfish is MC-1 Batting in Honeysuckle
with accent colors on top. Kathleen shared that she used our Olive Oil Soap for
wet felting and the Green Soy Pro Mat for needle felting.

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From Farm to Felt – Curly Locks, Santa Locks, Mohair Locks!

Beautiful Curly Locks Starts with Great Fleece!

Most of the time on our blog you see the “end results” of what someone felted or needle felted with wool and mohair, but we want to show you a little “behind the scenes” of some of the great fleeces and curly locks we bring you at Living Felt.

LIVING FELT Angora Goat Mohair Locks

Stacy Berg of Fotohogg Photography

For our mohair locks and sheep’s locks, we buy direct from the farms, and more than 95% come from U.S. farms, importing only some of the more rare long breeds such as Teeswater from abroad. It always feels good to support a farmer and their family. Often these folks live simply and live for their animals, they name them, they care for them, they nurse them if they are injured or ill, and they help deliver their babies. It is a very personal business that requires a great deal of dedication, time and effort.

LIVING FELT Angora Goat Mohair Locks

Stacy Berg of Fotohogg Photography

It is always wonderful when we can connect with the farmers and the animals to hand select our fleece. Some of them like to get close…real close :)

 

LIVING FELT Angora Goat - Mohair Locks

ever been kissed by a goat? !

Selecting fleeces to bring to our customers is one of Marie’s favorite things to do. It’s a little like mining for diamonds.

LIVING FELT Angora Goat Mohair Locks

Stacy Berg of Fotohogg Photography

Marie shows off the ringlets of this lovely yearling Fleece.
This will wash up beautifully and is actually a faded “red”,
which will look blonde — we call it “goldie locks”.

LIVING FELT Angora Goat Mohair Locks

White mohair fleece laden with dirt and sand

LIVING FELT Angora Goat Mohair Locks

locks are sorted and put in order with all cut ends together before washing.

 

LIVING FELT Angora Goat Mohair Locks

so clean and shiny now!

Some locks require extra special care and time in washing to reveal the fullness of their beauty!
These mohair locks were truly diamonds in the rough!

LIVING FELT Angora Goat Mohair Locks

Before and After washing

 

LIVING FELT Angora Goat Mohair Locks

 

We are very happy with our Santa Locks this year and know you will love them!!

We sampled a large number of  fleeces to bring you the loveliest white and curly locks for Santa beards and hair.

Santa Locks - Living Felt

Two of the sheep whose fleeces will be used for Santa Locks this year. Colored and White

We have a number of prize winning fleeces this year…all of the locks are gorgeous!

White Santa Locks - Living Felt Prize Fleece

Prize winning fleece, from sheep to you…much whiter of course!

This particular fleece was a  Grand Champion. It takes  a lot of time and care to raise such a beautiful animal  with a prize winning fleece,  and it takes several hours to shear it, skirt it, wash and it and dry it.

 

santa locks for felting - raw, unwashed

raw locks, “in the grease”, as they look after shearing

At Living Felt we take great care in not only selecting but in washing and dyeing locks for our felting friends. Locks such as these gorgeous Santa Locks undergo a number of rinses before being washed with a  biodegradable,  eco-friendly soap,  – it then takes several washes to remove all the dirt and lanolin. The soap we use is also gentle and does not strip the fibers or dry them out, they are  then rinsed and rinsed again before being set out to dry. Sometimes we add a touch of Lavender essential oil to the final rinse.

Locks can be very dirty and greasy before being washed. Sometimes a fleece weighs 40% – 50% more dirty than  it does once clean and dry.  Shown below is the same fleece before and after washing, incredible, right?!

 

Santa Locks Before and After - LIVING FELT

Santa Locks Before and After – LIVING FELT

 

 

 

Santa Locks Curly White - LIVING FELT

Santa Locks Curly White – LIVING FELT

Angora Goat

We are very happy to bring  you the best fleeces, wool, mohair and locks for your felting projects. Thank you for  felting with us, and thank you for helping us to continue to support U.S. Farms and their families with sustainable  practices. We look forward to seeing the pictures come back of what you make with these lovely Santa Locks!

We appreciate you … and we wish you happy felting.

See Our Complete Selection of Sheep & Mohair Locks Here

Penny Allen Needle Felted this Gorgeous Cow on with Living Felt MC-1 Fellting Batts

Needle Felted Jersey Dairy Cow is a Beauty!

Needle Felted Cow by Penny Allen - Jersey Dairy Cow Realistic on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Some people just take to felting right away and you would think
they have been doing it for years. Penny Allen of Alabama is one such lady.
This stunning Jersey Dairy Cow was her very first needle felted creation
made in October of last year.

This is “Annabelle”. I’m new to needle felting (just in the past 4 days).
This is my very 1st project, and I LOVE felting so much! It’s so relaxing.”

Penny was searching the Internet for pictures of Jersey Dairy Cows and
discovered Living Felt. She started pretend shopping and saving things
from our store that she would like to try…so her husband surprised her
with a big box of goodies from Living Felt…this is what she made!

Needle Felted Goat by Tessa Bold on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Needle Felted Goat, Donkey & Ponies

Needle Felted Goat By Tessa Bold, used Living Felt MC-1 Felting Batts

Tessa Bold is multi-talented artist who picked up needle felting just a short time ago. On occasion she drives over 100 miles to visit and shop with us, and this trip really brought lots of smiles!

Needle Felted Goat By Tessa Bold, used Living Felt MC-1 Felting Batts

Check out this magnificent goat she needle felted by blending MC-1 felting batts in Charcoal and Willow!

Needle Felted Donkey By Tessa Bold, used Living Felt MC-1 Felting Batts

Good Natured by Dani felted farm animals on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Felted Farmyard Animals — Sweet Scenes

Good Natured by Dani felted farm animals on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Clever girl that Dani Ives! She uses MC-1 Felting Batts in her work, and we love what she makes!

Animal lover, traveler, feltress…
she is doing more felt pictures and portraits these days,
and keeps selling out of “custom order” slots. She has
work ready for purchase in her etsy GOODNATUREDBYDANI
and customers have to watch her instagram and facebook
for custom order slots to become available.

Good Natured by Dani felted farm animals on www.livingfelt.com/blog Good Natured by Dani felted farm animals on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Good On Ya, Dani!

New Born Photographer San Diego Christy Wallis  Living Felt MC-1 Batts Driftwood

New Born Photographers Discover Wooly Fluff!

Christy Wallis Photography | new born | San Diego, CA -  LIVING FELT MC-1 Batt

Christy Wallis Photography | new born | San Diego, CA – LIVING FELT MC-1 Batt Meadow

New born photographers from coast to coast are discovering the pure, simple magic of Living Felt MC-1 Felting Batts and we love what they are doing with them! Some call  us looking for the wool “fluff” for new born props, because they have see the brilliant baby pics taken by their peers.

New Born Photographer Christy Wallis uses LIVING FELT MC-1 Batts, on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Christy Wallis Photography | new born | San Diego, CA –  LIVING FELT MC-1 Batt Sugar Plum

Christy Wallis Photography | new born | San Diego, CA -  LIVING FELT MC-1 Batt Cotton

Christy Wallis Photography | new born | San Diego, CA – LIVING FELT MC-1 Felting Batt Cotton

Christy Wallis  is a New Born Photographer in San Diego, California who works pure magic with our felting batts. She is a talented photographer who is trained to work with new born babies ensuring they are safe and supported during the shoots.

Christy Wallis Photography | new born | San Diego, CA -  LIVING FELT MC-1 Batt Birch

Christy Wallis Photography | new born | San Diego, CA – LIVING FELT MC-1 Batt Birch

Christy was turned on to our batts by a fellow newborn photographer whom she admired, and we are hearing that she and others like our earthy color tones and our heathered batts. Since little babies are touching the wool, everyone loves that the fibers have been washed with an eco-friendly soap and have not been processed with harsh chemicals [the wool is non-carbonized]. The dyes are the same as used in everyday clothing and this wool is from  sheeps raised on US farms, it is dyed and carded right here in the USA.

Christy Wallis Photography | new born | San Diego, CA -  LIVING FELT MC-1 Batt

Christy Wallis Photography | new born | San Diego, CA – LIVING FELT MC-1 Batt boysenberry

While the use of the wool  in new born photography is not “felting”, it is a great way for someone who is a felter or a fiber artist to contribute their passions to a new baby in the family.

With just 2-4oz of our wool batting, the sweet new baby photos are accented with wonderful, natural fibers and textures.

Bachmanville Photography | new born  Orange County, CA | Living Felt MC-1 Batt Charcoal

Bachmanville Photography | new born Orange County, CA | Living Felt MC-1 Batt Charcoal

It is fun to see how different new born photographers are incorporating not only our wool batts for new baby pictures, but also other fiber art that has been knitted or woven.  Shara Bachman of Bachmanville Photography in Orange County, CA is another talented photographer indeed.  She books photo sessions for babies that are just days old.

Bachmanville Photography | new born Orange County, CA | Living Felt  Felting Supplies

Bachmanville Photography | new born Orange County, CA | Living Felt Felting Supplies

Brenda Anderson Photography | new born | Tavares, Florida -  LIVING FELT MC-1 Batt Oatmeal

Brenda Anderson Photography | new born | Tavares, Florida – LIVING FELT MC-1 Batt Oatmeal

Brenda Anderson is a new born photographer in Florida who also enjoys our wooly fluff as a prop for her photo shoots.

Jill Singer Photography new born Living Felt MC-1 Willow

Jill Singer Photography new born Ohio | Living Felt MC-1 Willow

Jill Singer used MC-1 Willow to create this precious bear bonnet for her new born photos.

Rhiannon Logsdon Photography | new born Austin, TX | Living Felt Wool Batts

Rhiannon Logsdon Photography | new born Austin, TX | Living Felt Wool Batts

Rhiannon Logsdon Photography | new born  Austin, Texas -  LIVING FELT MC-1 Batt Olive

Rhiannon Logsdon Photography | new born Austin, Texas – LIVING FELT MC-1 Batt Olive

Rhiannon Logsdon creates wonderful and fantastical imagery for new borns, children and families. We love how she uses our wool with these baby photos.

If you are not near one of these talented women but would like your baby photographed with some of our felting batts, consider sharing this post with your new born photographer. They can start with as little as 2oz of our MC-1 Wool Batts.

Newborn Photographers Featured:
Christy Wallis –  San Diego, CA
Shara Bachman – Orange County, CA
Brenda Anderson – Tavaris, FL
Jill Singer – Canton, OH

Rhiannon Logsdon – Austin, TX

Sweet Needle Felted Horse Mobile

Needle Felted Horse Mobile by Lisa Bondurant featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Lisa Bondurant needle felted this sweet horse mobile with a combination of New Zealand Corriedale, MC-1 Felting Batts, and wire wrapping.

“I was recently asked to make a special horse mobile for a customer’s daughter. The customer asked for a replica of her daughter’s favorite horse. Meet Comanche.”

Comanche, the horse that inspired a Needle Felted Horse Mobile by Lisa Bondurant featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Lisa’s customer’s expecting daughter had ridden Comanche in competition. 

“Each horse in the mobile was similar to the horses her daughter had owned, but Comanche being her favorite.”

— Lisa Bondurant

Needle Felted Horses by Lisa Bondurant featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

You can see more of Lisa’s work at:

Bondurant Mountain Art on Etsy
Bondurant Mountain

Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us, Lisa!