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
It is so fun to explore what you can make with a bit of MC-1 Batting, Wool Felt and a Transfer Pen!
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.
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.
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.
This little picture entitled “Happy Camper” was created as a gift for a friend. Felting a small picture with simple detail and design can be quite fun!
All the fibers were laid out on the base layer, and then the picture was wet felted.
Base layer = Living Felt PF-X Prefelt batt cut to size, MC-1 Batts, Dyed Tussah Silk, Merino Top, Dyed Sheep’s Locks.
Details and texture were added with needle felting and top stitching on the sewing machine. Lower the feed dogs and raise the presser foot so you can stitch freely. Add embroidery also!
This little critter is formed on an 18 gauge wire armature, with 12 gauge wire for arms and fingers. Covered in CW-1 Core Wool, MC-1 Cafe Au Lait and Mocha merino top as the soft fur.
You can also use NZ Corriedale, the bunny fluff, or other wools such as the alpaca and jacob shown below.
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.
Colorhue “Instant Set” Silk Dyes
The colorhue silk dyes are perfect for dying your silk scarves or fabrics before nuno felting, Simply mix with water and apply, no need to steam, no need to boil, no chemicals or vinegar to add. They are truly “instant set”!
Note from Marie: I had enjoyed using colorhue to dye silk fabrics in my studio, and a local friend and fiber artist Julianne Krute seems to pull them out at every fiber event for quick demos and make-n-take fun. After playing with them some more and meeting even more felters who are having great results and great fun with them, I knew you would love them too! So we made this little tutorial to show you how quickly you can get started!
Look What You Can Do…Instant Dyeing!
Free Tutorial for dyeing silk with no heating required!
DIY Scrunch Dye Scarves Free Tutorial
You might remember Carol’s amazing felted “pumpkin bowl” from last fall. Well this awesome pebble bowl is not only beautiful, it is easy to make! A HUGE thanks to Carol for sharing photos of her process!
She used merino top for the fiber.
“I first loosely needle felted roving to the foam and then wrapped it in netting, added hot water and soap, etc and then wet felted it till firm. I threw them into a cool dryer cycle and then began sewing the pebbles together.
It is made by first felting pebbles made of high density foam and sewing each pebble to another. I did this over a bowl to give it shape. Any spots where thread showed afterwards were covered loosely with roving and needle felted. It is soft and squishy but look like pebbles…..”
– Carol Jensen