For our 1st Thursday event this month, we made nesting gifts for the birds! You can put out bits of wool, yarn and fabric and the birds will use it in their nest construction.
We shared ideas and tips for this in our Wooly Wednesday available under VIDEOS in our facebook group.
*Remember to keep the items easy to pull off, lengths 4″ – 6″ and widths of fabric around 1″. Avoid nylons and polyesters 🙂
Last week we began sharing felted birds and things with wings… but it’s also a great time to start putting out some fiber for the real birds! There are lots of ways to do this, like these little wire cages. These also make great gifts!
Keep the yarns under 6″ long and make sure to include some plain white fluff. Other fibers like twigs and straw are great additions!
We would love to see yours! For more inspiration, you can also see our birds’ nest from last year using fishing net.
What a beautiful little wren, and you can even get a postcard of him in Arzu’s etsy shop 🙂
“Happy new year to you all
Here is my male Superb Fairy Wren – the first bird I made. He honours the extraordinary love my little boys have for birdies and I remember the lovely sense of calm and gratitude he invoked as he slowly evolved.
Made with a corriedale core and finished in fine wisps of merino. There is a teeny amount of armature in the legs which I have painted and his eyes are beaded. He is life sized and he loves to perch in random spots.”
Have a beautiful day,
Arzu Unel-Cleary, Australia
Another beautiful wool painting by Sandra Atkins!
“My studio looks out over the marsh which changes with the seasons. This ibis picture reflects the golden winter grasses.”
– Sandra Atkins, South Carolina
Laura has been taking advantage of our free tutorials on PDF and video…and check out this awesome creation!!
“I took advantage of a rainy Saturday and created my first bird pod. I used Living Felt’s chocolate brown batt for the base and green batt for the leaves. It made a nice strong base that should hold up nicely outside.
I used the skills I learned from watching your wet felted vessel using a resist tutorial. :)”
– Laura Ebert, Illinois
Debbie Gedayloo shared with us her fabulous felted wall hanging that was created
in a highly textured “relief”.
“This is a 3d sculptured wall hanging using needle felting
and the new Addiquick tool. I live at the edge of a bird sanctuary
on the central coast of California and herons are here year round.
The picture was made using and locks all from Living Felt.
The AddiQuick was used to felt in the 3D elements of the bird’s wings
and face and also the plants behind the bird. I found the tool quite useful
to penetrate through the really thick design.
It would have taken a really long time to create the depth
with just a needle and hand so the AddiQuick was really helpful.
I used quilt batting as the background because I had a bunch in a box.
This was WAY too thin and flimsy as a background so it took a lot of roving
and batts to add color and thickness to the project. (live and learn) .”
Debbie Gedayloo, California
Susan Beal in Vermont needle felts incredibly lifelike bird sculptures. She shared that she combines her wool with our CW-1 Core Wool and colors of our MC-1 Batts.
Some of those colors include: Black, Storm, Birch, Driftwood and Clay, Blueberry,
Winter Blue and Chicory.
“I’ve tried other company’s wool and keep returning to yours
for my birds because it felts so well and is so clean and uniform,
and there is a terrific range of colors. I also use your needles—
a single #36 triangle is my workhorse (I go through a lot of these!),
along with the #38 star needles in the 10 needle felting tool
and the Clover tool.”
She also shared that a number of her birds were made for a conservation group in Mississippi who uses the birds in educational activities, while others are created
and for sale in her etsy shop.
“They’re all life sized, and because I strive make them as lifelike
and realistic as possible, I’ve had to keep developing new techniques
along the way. It’s immensely gratifying.
Thanks for all your passion, love and good vibes!”
See more from Susan in her etsy shop: Flightofheart