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.

Amazing Needle Felted Rendition of Botticelli’s Madona

Needle Felted Botticelli's Madona by Debra Bosio Riley featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

A Needle Felted Rendition of Botticelli’s Madona
– by Debra Bosio Riley, Michigan

This week we share with you four different artists who have created art works on similar subjects, using four very different approaches to create a 2D work of fiber art.

First, Debra posted this amazing piece in our facebook group and blew us all away. Lots of questions were asked, and below we have included snippets of her responses to the community. She shared that most of her fibers were from Living Felt MC-1 Batts — and some of the facial colors she dyed with kool-aid. She drew the outlines for the art free-hand. She was very generous to show the work in different stages and share that the detail and shading comes in layers.

“Mostly wool needle felted, just a bit of buttercup silk embroidery thread for the crown, and other embellishments. Finished this last week. I did this to teach myself… It’s done after a detail of Sandro Boticcelli’s Madona el Magnificant.

I took a square of white silk fabric and placed it over a similar size piece of 1/8″ thick white wool felt. These I pinned onto a foam felting block, then I drew the image onto the silk with a felt tipped pen.

I stabbed all of it. I called it painting because that’s the only way I could describe it. I’m fairly new to needle felting, and this is all needle felted.

… I’m a beginner really, though I have spent my life as a painter. Here is a photo of a few layers as I went. I drew the image on silk backed by white wool felt. It may help you get an idea of how I did this. Layers, lots of layers.”

Needle Felted Botticelli's Madona by Debra Bosio Riley featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Awesome Fire Mountain Designer Pack Felted Ensemble

Nuno Felted Scarf and Wet Felted Hat by Sonja Weeks Oswalt featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

We challenged the ever-adventurous Sonja Weeks Oswalt of Tennessee to felt up anything she felt inspired to with our Fire Mountain Designer Pack, and she made this awesome ensemble.

Fire Mountain Designer Pack featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

She added approx. 2oz of additional fiber so she could make all 3 pieces. The scarf is nuno felted and the silk was initially dyed with Kool-Aid. The wrist warmers were wet felted over a resist, we have a free video lesson for this, and the hat was first wet felted flat and then shaped over a hat block.

Nuno Felted Scarf and Wet Felted Hat by Sonja Weeks Oswalt featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog. She used the Fire Mountain Designer Pack.

The wrist warmers can shrink quite a bit!

Wet Felted Wrist Warmers by Sonja Weeks Oswalt featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

 

The Blonde Bombshell

Beth Drucker calls this piece “The Blonde Bombshell.”


First I sketched in the face, then I figured out what kind of hair I wanted it to have. I drew the “hair” out separately on a piece of flat, felted wool fabric, then needle felted the dyed fiber/hair onto the felted wool fabric. I used a couching stitch to keep the wool in place. Then I hand-sewed the hair onto the denim jacket. The beret is velvet fabric attached with french knots. The face is painted and embroidered. There are also leather, crystals, beads, and nailhead trim embellishing the rest. It is lined with a re-cycled tablecloth.

The hair for this image was done with felted raw fiber dyed “blonde!”

We suggest stepping back a few steps to view the image. It’s really stunning!
Learn more about Beth at
www.arielcreations.com