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.
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
This is an incredible piece! The detail and artful presentation is so very captivating.
“I needed a 2′ by 3′ wall hanging and decided to do a great blue heron, since we live along the marsh in South Carolina. Because it is so large, I didn’t wet felt the background but needle felted the entire piece on prefelt. I used many colors of merino top and loved your silk blend that allowed me to make the ‘feathers’ along the neck and wing.”
– Sandi Atkins, South Carolina
“This was made with your New Zealand Corriedale Wool- African Safari and a package of 38 spiral needles. Since I am a beginner it was heartening to find that your advertising lead me to the perfect products to make this little turtle. The upper and lower shells, legs, head and tail were all made separately and needle felted together. The package has a lovely combination of great colors. I couldn’t be happier.”
– Alma Petry, Illinois
Barbara used CW-1 Core Wool and MC-1 Willow for this awesome, life-sized Lemur commission!
“I was surprised that large was substantially harder than small — the armature was so elongated that it bounced around a lot!”
Barbara Attwell, Texas
“Dear Living Felt, wanted to show you some more of my ‘critters,’ and thank you for the beautiful felt, and your wonderful inspiration, and encouragement!”
– Lynda Shure, Massachusetts
“This little bunny purse was surface needle felted freehand. All of my felting supplies are from Living Felt. I love everything about your company.”
– Janet Ludin, Washington State
“I needle felted this turtle for my niece as a Christmas gift. I love felting with my Living Felt supplies! I used colors from my order of Scenic Vista and some other colors I had ordered from you, thank you for always encouraging creativity and happiness to your customers!!”
– Tiffany Gulledge, Arkansas
Melissa Jones used both wet felting and needle felting to create this truly incredible “Cat Cape”. She considers this her “first real felting project” and says she has “learned quite a bit in the process, even going back and redoing parts as I learned more tricks.”
The detail and composition is just incredible. The inspiration began with what she thought would be a “simple project to save a moth eaten cape“, but after seeing that the article was too damaged to be rescued, she used the original cape for the pattern. Then she adds, “the design just kept growing“
Melissa shares, “This is the cape section of a woman’s Inverness cape…a sleeveless jacket with a cape attached…often worn by Scottish pipers to give them more freedom of arm movement..or so I’m told. I used commercial felt for the base because it was what I had on hand. It will fall just above my knees once finished. Size M/L. The buttoned front will have pockets and a few simple flowers on the bottom edges and if I can figure out the design, the 6″ wide circular collar will have a sleeping cat wrapped around the shoulders. The cape will not wrap completely around the front, but just past the front of the shoulders.”
This project took Melissa approximately three weeks “working every spare minute” on the needle felting of the design. The garment is almost complete with some final wet felting to finish it off.
Melissa says, “Since I had a lot of felt left over, I started experimenting with more felt ‘painting’ and 3D animals, and am now completely addicted to felting!”
We find this to be a very impressive outcome for her “first” real felting project…keep going, Melissa!
…and keep having fun while following that brilliant and inspired artist within! 🙂