Wooly Wednesday Dyeing Fun

Wooly Wednesday
Next Broadcast:
March 21 @ 2pm CST

Join us for a fun, interactive gathering of friends!

Last week we celebrated our 14th B-Day LIVE with friends, dyeing fibers!

Catch the Broadcast Live or watch it later
in our fb group: LIVING FELT FRIENDS

This Year’s Group Theme:
EXPLORE – EXPAND – STRETCH

Scenes from our last broadcast:

Wooly Wednesday Felting Broadcast featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Living Felt turned 14 on March 14th this year! Many thanks to our friends for felting with us and keeping our community warm, friendly and growing!

Wooly Wednesday Felting Broadcast featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Marie discussed “why dye” and shared a few things from her own stash that she has hand dyed. These locks were dyed with Jacquard acid dye in a kettle, the color is Lilac.

Wooly Wednesday Dyeing Workspace featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

We looked at basic set up and safety of your work space, person and tools. We discussed heating methods such as solar dyeing, a stove top pot, electric kettle and microwave. We forgot to mention the importance of a thermometer…get one in the food gadgets aisle of your local grocery. We also discussed a few ways to apply dye, and how to prepare your fabric or fiber.

Wooly Wednesday Dyeing Silk Fabric featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

We applied dye to silk fabrics for microwaving with squeeze bottles and pipettes. Anne used natural food coloring which will produce a mild color and may not be very color fast, but fun and safe for kiddos.

Marie used Jacquard Acid dyes in Sapphire, Navy and Black on Margilan Silk yardage. The “acid” is just food grade white vinegar.

Wooly Wednesday Sprinkle Dyed Locks featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Next we “sprinkle dyed” locks with the acid dyes. You can do this for low immersion dyeing as we do in our kettle, or for the microwave, or even solar dyeing.

Dyed Silk featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

This is the silk we dyed during the broadcast. Notice how the colors go from Sapphire to Navy to Black…it was so easy!

Dyed Silk featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Marie decided to wear it and keep it for her stash.

See the full broadcast in our group LIVING FELT FRIENDS under VIDEOS.

This one is not on Youtube yet, but we will get it up soon….then it will be under WOOLY WEDNESDAY PLAYLIST.

Brilliant Wool Storage Organization Idea

Wool Storage Idea by Judy Stodola featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

The Awesome Wool Organization that FIRED UP our fb group. Some people are already setting up their own version of this innovative storage system! We love it!

“It was time to organize my small work area! I didn’t have room for plastic storage containers so this is what I came up with! I can see all my wool basically at once.

wool-organization-felt2

When I run out of a color, I hang the plastic bag at the end and then I know what to order. All bags are labeled with a sample of wool and color name! The gray bags hanging on the left side hold my wet felting supplies!”

– Judy Stodola, Tennessee

FREE Felt-A-Long for Wet Felted Pumpkin

FREE FELT-A-LONG FOR Wet Felted Pumpkin featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Wet Felting a Simple Fairy Tale Pumpkin
BFF Free Felt-a-Long
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This class is designed for beginners who have already wet felted a flat piece of felt, we will be wet felting with Merino Top over a Resist.

You can also see the video for our previous felt-a-long: Intro to Wet Felting in our fb group

See some inspiring creations from some of our felt-along participants. (It’s not too late to make a pumpkin of your own!)

Wet Felted Fairytale Pumpkin by Anne Franklin featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Created by Anne Franklin

Wet Felted Fairytale Pumpkin by Becky Ollinger featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Created by Becky Ollinger

Wet Felted Fairytale Pumpkin by Maria Cohen featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Created by Maria Cohen

Free Wet Felting Fairytale Pumpkin Tutorial

Free Wet Felting Fairytale Pumpkin Tutorial featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

This fun tutorial was made available late morning just last Saturday, and the pumpkins have been rolling in ever since!

Tag us #livingfelt and #mariespaulding on facebook and instagram so we can see, celebrate and share yours!

You can download the free digital version of the tutorial, or purchase the printed version that’s a full color print in high resolution on nice paper:

Get the Free Wet Felting Fairytale Pumpkins Tutorial here.

Buy the Print Version of the Wet Felting Fairytale Pumpkins Tutorial here.

Here are a few Fairytale Pumpkins to inspire you!

Wet Felted Fairytale Pumpkin by Abbie Oscarson featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Created by Abbie Oscarson

Wet Felted Fairytale Pumpkin by Christine Kancler featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Created by Christine Kancler

Wet Felted Fairytale Pumpkin by Erin Butler featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Created by Erin Butler

Wet Felted Fairytale Pumpkin by Judy Stodola featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Created by Judy Stodola

Wet Felted Fairytale Pumpkin by Laura Burke featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Created by Laura Burke

Wet Felted Fairytale Pumpkin by Joyce Hazlerig featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Created by Joyce Hazlerig

Wet Felted Fairytale Pumpkin by Lee Charlton featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Created by Lee Charlton

Wet Felted Fairytale Pumpkin by Sharon DiNear featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Created by Sharon DiNear

Wet Felted Fairytale Pumpkin by Ute Vasina featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Created by Ute Vasina

Hot Tip: How to Organize and Catalogue Your Wool and Fiber Stash

Fiber Binder to Organize Wool and Fiber by Cherie Davidson featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

WOW FACTOR!!

Cherie Davidson of Darlin’ Girl Creations really made our day with the little video she posted of her Swatch Binder! We are always telling people to save back little samples with their label… and look what she did!

“I’ve finally started my fiber samples catalog/inventory binder! I’m excited to be able to flip through this and know what colors I need to re-order. Once I can move into my studio space, I’ll coordinate these with my wool bins and containers for quick inventory checks.

Oh, the wonderful bliss that comes from organization…and wool displayed…”

– Cherie Davidson, Oregon
etsy: Darlin’ Girl Creations

 

Fun Felted Butterfly Tutorial

Needle Felted Butterfly by Marie Spaulding featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog.

It is so fun to explore what you can make with a bit of MC-1 Batting, Wool Felt and a Transfer Pen!

Needle Felted Butterfly by Marie Spaulding featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog.

Needle Felted Butterfly by Marie Spaulding featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog.

After transferring the wing pattern from printer paper to the felt with the Transfer Pen, the wings were needle felted onto the Wool Felt and then cut out.

Needle Felted Butterfly by Marie Spaulding featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog.

The body was needle felted and slits cut into the sides. I used pins to plan the wing placement and overlap, then wings inserted into the slits. Hide the insertion points and join to the body more securely by needle felting wool between the wings and the body.

Felted Elephant Hawk Moth by Marie Spaulding featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog.

For this Elephant Hawk Moth, I first wet felted Fuchsia Merino Top and cut out the wing shape. then the accent colors were needle felted on top.