Cheryl Bowen of Humming Star Alpacas is sharing fiber arts with young ones … whenever she orders, we wish we could jump in the box and go play!
While many of our Alpaca Farming friends have lots of fiber, they sometimes supplement with our wool & specialty fibers, get great deals of felting foam and needles, and even get silk chiffon for painting & nuno felting scarves!
– Cheryl Bowen, Alabama
Humming Star Alpacas
Jessie is stealing our hearts this week with her precious MOMMY HEARTS!
“I just wanted to share a pic of the little mommy hearts I’ve been making with your MC-1 batts. I came up with the idea when my 2 year old son was having a tough time adjusting to daycare. I needle felted him a wool heart & told him it was “my” heart & love. I felted little hearts onto it to represent him, his brother, & Daddy. He adores it, carries it everywhere, & calls it his “mommy heart”.
His teachers have all commented about how much comfort it brings him throughout the day. He even wanted to hold it at the doctor’s office (and I was standing right there!). Needless to say, I’m addicted to making them!”
Now she is also making “milk drops” a keepsake to commemorate mommy and baby’s nursing journey. She says moms and little ones are really enjoying them, and she has a dedicated fb page for them🙂
– Jessie Dockins, Missouri
see more on facebook: mommy hearts
These sweet little mushrooms are lots of fun. Decorate or pose them any way you like! It’s a perfect beginner project, and you can use this as a building block for future projects.
Get the free needle felting mushrooms video tutorial here.
Steve Whalen is felting with his wife, Erin, and we were so happy to receive this submission for this hat he made! His hats weigh 4.5 – 5oz and are wet felted over a resist, and then shaped on a hat block. This one is made with Living Felt MC-1 Felting Batts True Violet and accented with Multi-Colored Merino Top Cranberry.
A note from Erin:
“I consider myself extremely lucky to have a hubby who spins, weaves and now, wet felts! We’ve taken several wet felting classes together and have since modified and improved our techniques.
We’ve recently started making wet felted hats over a resist. This is my husband’s latest hat. I’m a little biased, but I think his work is fabulous! It’s amazing how straight he can get the brim. (Real men DO wet felt – LOL!!)”
artist: Steve Whalen, Wisconsin
We challenged the ever-adventurous Sonja Weeks Oswalt of Tennessee to felt up anything she felt inspired to with our Fire Mountain Designer Pack, and she made this awesome ensemble.
She added approx. 2oz of additional fiber so she could make all 3 pieces. The scarf is nuno felted and the silk was initially dyed with Kool-Aid. The wrist warmers were wet felted over a resist, we have a free video lesson for this, and the hat was first wet felted flat and then shaped over a hat block.
The wrist warmers can shrink quite a bit!
Nothing short of stunning is this brilliant felted picture by Sonja Weeks Oswalt. She continues to amaze us with her willingness to try new things, and to felt anything her heart desires and her mind can imagine.
“I just finished this waterfall – Lower Grotto Falls in the Great Smoky Mtn national park. … I’ll be matting and forming it to enter into a competition for display in our airport, along with entering my owl sculpture. I don’t expect to win anything, but I’m happier with this painting than any other I’ve done so far. I used a variety of greens from the green merino cross pack, black merino cross, green corriedale, white merino top, bits of tussah silk in green and yellow, and a scattering of wool nepps.
Thanks for all you do!”
– Sonja Weeks Oswalt, Tennessee
By now you have surely seen Tracey’s incredible felt paintings. We always love sharing her new works with you!
Merino top in White, Bitter Chocolate, Black, Kiwi. Tussah silk also in the waterfall. Cross-batt wools in Buttercup, Willow, Black, Dark Chocolate, Bamboo, True Olive, Lemongrass, and Bonsai for the trees and rocks. Corriedale in Natural Light, Medium and Dark also in the rocks… and I’m sure others that I can’t remember!
“Living Felt has a wonderful selection of colors and types of wool for all the different textures I use in my felt paintings, which I wet felt, then needle felt in more details after it’s dry. I use their Merino Cross-batt wools in so many ways – for clouds, trees, leaves, mountains and stones. Their Merino Top and NZ Corriedale is great for skies, water, trees, smooth green fields, and details everywhere, and Tussah Silk makes the best waterfalls – especially when wet felted! All of their different wools also card well to blend colors for shading. Living Felt has everything we felters need, and are so positive and encouraging to us all.
Thanks so much for everything you do, you folks are the best!!”
– Tracey McCracken Palmer