DIY Felting and Needle Tutorial Challenge @ LIVING FELT
Every week we give away prizes just for sharing your creations,
and this holiday, we want to encourage everyone to
“Learn, Share, Teach, Create, Felt!”
Surely you are working on some holiday decorations or ornaments,
so take a few pics of the process,
jot down a few “how to” notes and share them!
We will give away prizes and gift certificates, as always,
EVERY SUBMISSION IS ENTERED TO WIN!
Email your entries to submissions at livingfelt.com
with DIY HANDMADE HOLIDAY in the subject line.
Entry Must Include:
Photos of supplies, 3-10 “steps”, 1-2 finished project,
Written directions for each photo. Artist name, City, State.
A wish, some clay sculptures, wool, and creativity connect 4 generations.
This incredible owl cape has quite a story!
“My mother was the initial inspiration for the Owl Cape,
along with the fact that my daughter loves the barn owl.
My mother passed last year due to aggressive lung cancer;
before she left us, she requested that I create something with the
“Clay Owl eyes and beak” she’d had for some twenty plus years.
She said, “I know you will make something special out of these”.
I was to make something for my eldest daughter, Kat,
as she lives in Ontario and we live in British Columbia about 3,000 miles away.
Kat, my daughter, was not able to make it out to see her Grand-mother (my mom)
before she passed; my mother wanted to leave her something really special.
I purchased most of the wool to make this cape from Living Felt.
I love the large pre-felt piece. It made shaping the wings
and hood a simpler task.I needle felted the piece first
and then completed it with wet felt technique.
The person that is modelling the Owl cape is my Grand-daugher, Juliette…
I have attached photos of what the cape looked like whilst I was working on it.
I will be making more of these kinds of Totem Wear
here on Vancouver Island, British Columbia and hopefully
starting my web page this coming week.
(We will post Maggie’s website when she makes it available!)
We received a message from Rachele Misiti that shouted out with great exhuberance,
“…This is your wool!” Wow…we could not have predicted this!!
I used about 20 ozs of MC1 Bamboo MC-1 merino cross back and various shades from the Green merino cross studio pack. I began by making the “skin” by welt felting a large sheet using the variations in the greens to create depth.
I then wet felted the basic shape of the head by felting it over a rubber ball.
After this dried into the shape, I stuff the head shape with wool and hand sewed a bottom made of woven wool to later be attached to my son’s hoody.
At this point the real sculpting began, I needle felted the shape of the head and the features of his face to include wrinkles, the ridge of his mouth and his nose.
I made his eyes from sculpey, painted them w/ acrylic paint and then attached them to the face.
I continued to develop the folds/ wrinkles through loose stitches gathered around the head.
Next I sewed the head onto a small hoody and gently opened up a face hole for my son to peek out of, I hand sewed a seam to create a clean line.
This probably took about 20 hours of work but was worth it! I love working on large scale projects but even more to see my 4 ½ year old son so excited! He is a huge start wars fan and can’t wait until the movie comes out!”
Rachele Misiti, Texas
This felted pumpkin bowl is so beautiful!
“This was made with wool and silk embellishment. The leaves were needle felted using a leaf mold (cookie cutter) and then wet felted. The spirals are just lengths of wool partially felted, wrapped around a straw and dried. Different colors of orange were used to make the side of the pumpkin even more 3-D and then wet felted over a resist. I always sew on the leaves instead of gluing.”
Carol Jensen, Washington
Would you like to learn how to make this?
Watch our free video tutorial wet felting over a resist
Erin Carlson of Fiber Art by Erin kicks off fall the season for us with her lively felted barnyard friends! Erin says that these cuties were made with Living Felt CW-1 Core Wool and MC-1 Felting Batts.
You might recognize some of these colors…and we LOVE what Erin makes with them! Erin takes custom orders and she sells her work at shows in Pennsylvania.
Doll and Sculpture week always brings to mind some truly great talents in our felting friends. Sue Stasiowski is another who so wonderfully captures real life in her needle felted sculptures.
“All my pieces are made with your batts, in fact, except for some local alpaca roving and occasionally silk and cashmere fiber, your batts are all I ever use. The quality is always excellent and I appreciate the great service.”
Sue does commission work and currently exhibits at Markings Gallery in Bath, Maine. You can see more of Sue’s work on her web site, Fiber Arts by Sue Stasiowski.
Jennifer Field of Jennifer Field Studios first captured our attention a few years ago with her stunning and artistic needle felted roosters, like the one above. She forges copper, creates hand blown glass, and now felts her creative expression into tangible works of art; Jennifer uses Living Felt MC-1 Felting Batts a great deal in her birds and sculptures. Jennifer sells her work from her studio at Sanctuary Arts in Maine and at shows throughout the year.
Stay tuned for a workshop date with her at LF in Summer of 2016. The last one filled up right away…and what fun we had!!