Join Us for Peace Felt 2017!

Peace Felt 2017 featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Peace Felt 2017 is Happening!

Each year, the United Nations opens its regular meeting of the General Assembly by declaring the International Day of Peace. The UN encourages people to participate in practical acts of peace to put the meaning into action.

Living Felt encourages its followers to participate in Peace Felt in order to send a message of peace. We hope that by sharing these creations, we’ll show that the collective desire for a peaceful existence really makes a difference in the way people move through the world. In this way, participants are publicly displaying their willingness to actively participate in loving kindness and good will to all.

We are pleased to announce there WILL BE a Peace Felt 2017! Here are some important dates … please make note of them:

Registration Official Open Date: June 15th
Registration closes: August 15th
Partner Matches Announced: August 31st
Mail Peace Felt Art to Partner by: September 15th

Please start thinking of a Peace Felt that is from your heart and hands, and can be mailed anywhere in the world!

Please visit www.peacefelt.org for complete information.

*make sure to read dates and how to register

UNITY FELT- Group Mural Project

Unity Felt Group Mural ProjectNeedle Felting with Kids Mural Project featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Hi All! Marie here 🙂

I had an incredible day this week visiting with Michelle Stoeffler and her approx. 180 students at Deer Park Middle School.

A Unity Felt Group Mural project was begun, I hope that in the not too distant future we can see how the students finish it.

We have made for them large segments to needle felt onto — around the theme of Peace, Unity, Love and Friendship. Once the students are all done, they will have murals that come together like a puzzle, and can even have parts interchangeable with other classes. In all, there were 6 classes … so there will be 6 murals each with 10 segments.

These kids were brilliant, of course! I loved seeing all of their eclectic art in the room — and being in such a creative space 🙂 What a gift it was for me to spend the day with them!

I took a TON of pictures, but they will not all fit into a collage. If you would like to see more Living Felt facebook page.

The next week we received this from the teacher …

“Check it out Marie Spaulding #livingfelt !
Our students were begging to needle felt again today!
Thank you for introducing almost 200 youngsters to this medium!
We broke 17 needles today but the kids were still using the broken ones
because they loved so much.”

– Michelle Stoeffler, Artist & Art Teacher
@ Deer Park Middle School
Austin, Texas

*If you, your group or your school is interested in doing your own
Unity Felt Group Mural, please contact us:
Marie at livingfelt.com.
Toll free: 877-665-5790
or visit our website here:  Unity Felt Group Mural Project

From Farm to Felt – Curly Locks, Santa Locks, Mohair Locks!

Beautiful Curly Locks Starts with Great Fleece!

Most of the time on our blog you see the “end results” of what someone felted or needle felted with wool and mohair, but we want to show you a little “behind the scenes” of some of the great fleeces and curly locks we bring you at Living Felt.

LIVING FELT Angora Goat Mohair Locks

Stacy Berg of Fotohogg Photography

For our mohair locks and sheep’s locks, we buy direct from the farms, and more than 95% come from U.S. farms, importing only some of the more rare long breeds such as Teeswater from abroad. It always feels good to support a farmer and their family. Often these folks live simply and live for their animals, they name them, they care for them, they nurse them if they are injured or ill, and they help deliver their babies. It is a very personal business that requires a great deal of dedication, time and effort.

LIVING FELT Angora Goat Mohair Locks

Stacy Berg of Fotohogg Photography

It is always wonderful when we can connect with the farmers and the animals to hand select our fleece. Some of them like to get close…real close 🙂

 

LIVING FELT Angora Goat - Mohair Locks

ever been kissed by a goat? !

Selecting fleeces to bring to our customers is one of Marie’s favorite things to do. It’s a little like mining for diamonds.

LIVING FELT Angora Goat Mohair Locks

Stacy Berg of Fotohogg Photography

Marie shows off the ringlets of this lovely yearling Fleece.
This will wash up beautifully and is actually a faded “red”,
which will look blonde — we call it “goldie locks”.

LIVING FELT Angora Goat Mohair Locks

White mohair fleece laden with dirt and sand

LIVING FELT Angora Goat Mohair Locks

locks are sorted and put in order with all cut ends together before washing.

 

LIVING FELT Angora Goat Mohair Locks

so clean and shiny now!

Some locks require extra special care and time in washing to reveal the fullness of their beauty!
These mohair locks were truly diamonds in the rough!

LIVING FELT Angora Goat Mohair Locks

Before and After washing

 

LIVING FELT Angora Goat Mohair Locks

 

We are very happy with our Santa Locks this year and know you will love them!!

We sampled a large number of  fleeces to bring you the loveliest white and curly locks for Santa beards and hair.

Santa Locks - Living Felt

Two of the sheep whose fleeces will be used for Santa Locks this year. Colored and White

We have a number of prize winning fleeces this year…all of the locks are gorgeous!

White Santa Locks - Living Felt Prize Fleece

Prize winning fleece, from sheep to you…much whiter of course!

This particular fleece was a  Grand Champion. It takes  a lot of time and care to raise such a beautiful animal  with a prize winning fleece,  and it takes several hours to shear it, skirt it, wash and it and dry it.

 

santa locks for felting - raw, unwashed

raw locks, “in the grease”, as they look after shearing

At Living Felt we take great care in not only selecting but in washing and dyeing locks for our felting friends. Locks such as these gorgeous Santa Locks undergo a number of rinses before being washed with a  biodegradable,  eco-friendly soap,  – it then takes several washes to remove all the dirt and lanolin. The soap we use is also gentle and does not strip the fibers or dry them out, they are  then rinsed and rinsed again before being set out to dry. Sometimes we add a touch of Lavender essential oil to the final rinse.

Locks can be very dirty and greasy before being washed. Sometimes a fleece weighs 40% – 50% more dirty than  it does once clean and dry.  Shown below is the same fleece before and after washing, incredible, right?!

 

Santa Locks Before and After - LIVING FELT

Santa Locks Before and After – LIVING FELT

 

 

 

Santa Locks Curly White - LIVING FELT

Santa Locks Curly White – LIVING FELT

Angora Goat

We are very happy to bring  you the best fleeces, wool, mohair and locks for your felting projects. Thank you for  felting with us, and thank you for helping us to continue to support U.S. Farms and their families with sustainable  practices. We look forward to seeing the pictures come back of what you make with these lovely Santa Locks!

We appreciate you … and we wish you happy felting.

See Our Complete Selection of Sheep & Mohair Locks Here

“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others.
You need to accept yourself.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

May you allow yourself to just be uniquely you – wherever and everywhere
you find yourself. May you allow yourself to love and accept your being,
your preferences, your dreams,your art and above all of your Self.
Say this 10 times slowly: “I Love Being Me”.

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Repurposed Felted Quilt Pouches

Colorful Felted Quilt For A Good Cause

Felted rainbow Quilt with clouds and hearts

Inspired by Dr. Cara Barker’s “The Love Project,” a knitting group from Shoreline, Washington wet felted this wonderful quilt for a Sandy Hook sibling survivor. This quilt will be delivered on the one year anniversary to a 10 year old girl in the spirit of love and connection.

What a wonderful and inspiring project!

International Day of Peace – The Peace Felt Project


Each year, the United Nations opens its regular meeting of the General Assembly by declaring the International Day of Peace.  It is a time for nations and their people to reflect on peace and its meaning.  The day will be commemorated with concerts, peaceful activities, festivals, and simple moments of silence. The UN encourages people to participate in practical acts of peace, so that the meaning is put into action.

Arts and culture are a powerful way of sending a message of peace throughout the world.  Living Felt encourages its followers to participate in Peace Felt. They’ll spotlight many friends’ creations with the hope that the collective desire for a peaceful existence really makes a difference in the way people move through the world. In this way, participants are publicaly displaying their willingness to actively participate in loving kindness and good will to all.

The mission is: “To promote peace and connectivity among nations, loving kindness among individuals, gratitude in our hearts and in our consciousness – knowing that WE create our world through our thoughts, words and actions.”

To, as Gandhi reminded us, ‘Be the change we wish to see in the world.

To promote awareness of the ancient art of felt making and the modern craft of needle felting for its qualities of being earth friendly, extremely versatile, and easy to learn!”

Tree of Life by Marie Spaulding

Living Felt founder, Marie Spaulding, is giving her friends and followers an opportunity to not only participate – this activity includes felting a peace product, plus giving and receiving from other participants around the world – but also receive a heartfelt work of art that is created from felt.  For those who are able, holding felting workshops is a great way to gather like-minded artists to collectively work towards peace.

Participants are matched with a receiving partner, and in this way, lasting friendships are created on an international scale. Painters, sculptors, mixed media artists, and weavers may consider incorporating felt into their forms of expression. It makes a beautiful statement about the blending of cultural differences, and the beauty that comes from it.

Currently, 20+ countries are participating in Peace Felt. The International Day of Peace will be commemorated on September 21, 2012.

This year, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon encourages nations, corporations, and individuals to focus on sustainability. Most conflicts in the world center on valuable natural resources like oil, diamonds, water, timber, and gold. By focusing on protecting the environment, and helping to rebuild war ravaged societies, the earth can begin to develop abundance for all.

Many of the felting projects will focus on sustainability and its importance to world peace. Living felt will feature works from participating artists leading up to International Day of Peace.

Registration is from August 1 – 31 of each year. People who wish to participate can sign up at http://peacefelt.org
JOIN IN THE CONVERSATION AND SEE WHAT OTHERS ARE CREATING HERE: Peace Felt on facebook