Felted Art Bra for Charity

Felted Art Bra by Lori Bier featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Earlier this year Lori Bier, came into LF for fiber to work on her donation for Art Bra Austin called “Silver Lining.” As an experienced fiber artist who is also a belly dancer, Lori also has expertise in creating belly dance costumes for which she paints gorgeous silk veils.

Felted Art Bra by Lori Bier featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Lori chose our Starry Nights Specialty Designer Pack and added some MC-1 Batts and Silver Angelina.

“I made clouds of varying greyness/storminess and assembled them into a cup shape, using a styrofoam egg. They’re beaded, representing rain and lighting. The front opens (velcro closures) to reveal the silver cloud lining.

Felted Art Bra by Lori Bier featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

This is an entry for the Breast Cancer Resource Center‘s signature fundraiser, Art Bra Austin. My entry, which includes a silk veil with clouds and a rainbow, reminds people of the hope of the rainbow after the storm. Art Bra Austin, held every year, offers all sorts of opportunities to use felting techniques for beauty and good.”

Lori Bier, Texas
President, Austin Fiber Artists Guild

“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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needle felted art bra for charity

Needle Felted Art Bra for Charity

needle felted art bra for charity
~*Felt For Love!*~ That is our theme this week! Post yours or comment on others for a chance to win a needle felting goody box from www.livingfelt.com
Anne Temple felted this gorgeous art bra for a charity fund raiser!

She writes, “I have attended the galas here in Des Moines before for this wonderful cause, ( Raises money to pay for mammograms) last year I got inspired to make a felted bra. The title for this Bra is “ Remember to Get Felt Up at Least Once A Year” The bra is needle felted. The scarf is one of Living Felts roving wools with some additions mixed in . It is a wet felted spider web scarf. The skirt is a 1980 vintage silk wrap that I hand dyed and nuno felted on the top.”

Standing on The Past – Hope, Connectivity & Rebuilding for Japan by Aki Morishima

Standing on the Past by Aki Morishima

Standing on the Past by Aki Morishima of Los Angeles, CA

One year ago this month, our brothers and sisters and children in Japan saw truly devastating
earthquakes. Aki Morishima had an opportunity to connect with people there
and to experience the collective resilience of the human heart.

Not everyone celebrates Easter, but as human beings in this cycle of life,
we all understand letting go, looking ahead and beginning again.

Aki captured this essence quite beautifully in her artwork of felt.
The piece was made especially for a charity auction to benefit Japan.

Standing on the Past by Aki Morishima

After the massive earthquake hit Japan a year ago, I had a chance to talk to people suffering in the area of the disaster. Despite their loss of family and friends, they tried to stay positive to live. I was moved by them holding each others’ hands and cooperating to rebuild their future. I made this piece thinking of people in Japan.

The piece stands 9″ tall by 5″ at the base and 9″ at its widest point.
The tree itself is 100% wool, without armature.

Standing on the Past by Aki Morishima

The flower petals are cut commercial felt, the stamens are needle felted. There is no glue used in the piece, it is 100% needle felted.
It took Aki 4 days to make.

Standing on the Past by Aki Morishima

Aki shared that this was the first time she made something so large and so complicated, she had to plan well in advance.

“I have learned that if you prepare well and spend more time the piece might gather more of my feelings and emotions to convey.”

From our vantage point, the emotions in this piece are palpable, and Aki’s insight is profoundly true.
We hope you will offer her some feedback on this lovely work below — how does it make you feel?

Needle felted bunny for crafts with purpose

Needle Felting: Bunny for Operation Bunny Drop by Sandy Gossage

 

Needle felted bunny for crafts with purpose

Sandy Gossage of Russell Springs, KY needle felted this vintage looking bunny for
Operation Bunny Drop, a Crafts with Purpose  project.
They are off to Japan to spread some cheer!

Hello Living Felt team..

 I have been wanting to utilize the Berries Cross Fast Felting Pack and the Bunny Drop to Japan gave me the opportunity! I needle felted this bunny over a core with the color I call Raspberry.   I have utilized the Lavendar and the Hot Pink in details..even a little dark purple in his eyes. I love the fast batts, and my goal is to get every pack you offer. Thanks for all the good products!!”

 Sandy Gossage

Needle Felting for Love: Bunny for Japan by Sharonlee

Another Sweet Bunny created with love for the children in Japan by Sharonlee Lucchesi of Michigan

“I just want to thank you for all your great videos and tips you provide. I came into some raw wool and alpaca and didn’t know what to do with it. But being a crafter I kept it for who knows what. I’m currently working on a dollhouse and in searching for ideas on the Internet for the dollhouse I found out about needle felting and just had to figure out what it was and how to do it. I then found your videos on Youtube and started watching, then went to your site and Facebook page and learned even more. I ordered the tools I needed from you to get started. Actually I ordered the foam twice, since my aunt and mother threw it out the first time when they picked up my package and thought it was packing material.

I joined your newsletter and while I was waiting for the tools to arrive got the email for the Create with love for Japan. I immediately thought it would be a great way to start. So attached are two pictures of my first ever needle felted project…A bunny to go to Japan. I felted the eyes since the email said to avoid small pieces for choking hazards.  I am defiantly hooked, and am going to try to get another one done before the deadline, which I can’t seem to find the out when the deadline is.

A few things I learned…First, needles break easy, lol. I broke two making this bunny….Second, when working on smaller areas use the foam, even when you think your fingers are in the clear your baby finger gets poked. Lots of pokes making this…Third, pictures don’t do it any justice, and I need a new camera, they show up every little strand of hair…Fourth, I will never clean wool again. When I experienced the work that went into cleaning it and carding it all, I wonder how your site is able to sell it for so cheap, I will be placing an order for some, lol….And Fifth, and most important, this was so much fun and I’m hooked on it now. Don’t know how I’m going to finish my dollhouse now that I have a new found love.

I think I’ll sit down this weekend go through your site and order some wool (definitely need color too)…and several more needles, lol. Thanks again!!!”

Sharonlee of Gratiot, MI