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.

Beautiful Felted Valentine Doll

Felted Valentine Doll by Jaylyn Morehouse featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Jaylyn Wins a Felting Goody Box!

Materials used: Living Felt MC-1 ‘Vintage Red’, Merino ‘Begonia’, MC-1 Cross color for hair, dyed locks for the Edwardian style dress I was aiming for, and an old paper flower crown that I used to wear until it broke. Posing on antique doilies that a relative tatted several generations ago

– Jaylyn Morehouse, Texas
fb: Beneath the Greenwood

Birds of a Feather Exhibit: Blue Heron

Felted Blue Heron by Sandra Atkins featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Blue Heron, Sandra Atkins

“When we moved to our new house in SC we discovered that the builder put a big ugly electrical box in our hallway. I had been needle felting 3D figures for about 18 months and decided to try a 2D wall hanging to cover the box.

Since we live on the marsh, a heron was the natural choice for my subject. The electrical box was fairly large and at the time I didn’t have a large foam mat so I had to do the piece in sections.”

prefelted background; all natural fibers (mostly from Living Felt) including core wool, merino top, silk blend and locks, plus some karakul fiber in the grasses from a local VA breeder

Sandra Atkins, South Carolina
web: raspberrylamb.com

Colorful Woodland Purse

Felted Purse by Francesca DeGrandis featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

We love this colorful and well named “Woodland” Purse, it has a great use of locks in the surface design.

“I’m glad I chose colors so carefully, even though that required using a lot of different ones. It was worth the effort because I’m really happy with the results. And I’m grateful Living Felt provides a wide selection, so I can get a lot of different colors all from one place. The button is my drawing laser-engraved on wood.”

-Francesca DeGrandis
web: outlawbunny.com

Handsome Felted Bunny

Felted Bunny by Ruthann Brasington featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

What a handsome little bunny, don’t you want to hug him?

“Don’t let this guy in your carrot patch! LF core, the brown is alpaca with a thin layer of winter white, details and carrots MC-1 batts, and the carrot tops are locks.”

– Ruthann Brasington, South Carolina

Amazing Animal Sculptures

Needle Felted Horses by Kim Mahlbacher featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Look at these amazing and lively sculptures!

“Dear LivingFelt, I love your products!

The animal’s basic forms were made from your CW-1 Core Wool. The details in their colored coats were made using your MC-1 Monochrome and MC-1 Earth tone studio packs, and MC-1 Soft Pink was used for their noses and inner ears.

Your wonderful Lincoln Natural Sheep Locks in Natural Chipmunk, Black, and Gray Smokey were used for the pony’s and donkey’s manes and tails, and the ram’s curls. They are lovely, full and tangle free. I haven’t found this level of quality from any other company. You are my sole resource for wool.

Needle Felted Ram and Donkey by Kim Mahlbacher featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog.

I hand sew groups of locks to make the pony’s and donkey’s manes and tails and needle felt core wool in matching colors over the stitches. The ram’s curls are needle felted in over a core base with white core wool. His horn is handmade ceramic with a wire base needle felted in with your core wool and covered with curls in the center. Eyes are glass.

LivingFelt’s MC-1 Wool was used for all the animal’s eyebrows in the coat color, and black core wool was added on the edge as eye lashes and also on their mouths for soft smiles.

The needles used were your 40, 42, and 36 Triangle and 40 Spiral.

I worked the wool using your Earth Harmony Series 10″ x 15″ Needle Felting Foam, which had held up very well, is easy to clean, and provides a roomy work space.

Thank you again for the quality of your products.

As an artist, using the best helps me to do my best work.
Blessings, Kim”

– Kim Mahlbacher

HeirloomCroft Art in Wool
LLC Kentucky Crafted Artist
find Kim on facebook and etsy: HeirloomCroft Art

Gorgeous Needle Felted Heron

Needle Felted Heron by Sandra Atkins featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

We SO fell in love with the gorgeous heron Sandra Atkins needle felted from our fibers, and this one was made just for us. It is a bit of a “relief” with the heron having dimension off the background.

Needle Felted Heron by Sandra Atkins featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Despite losing power and emergency evacuations, this brilliant work of art was birthed and now hangs at our office in Austin, TX.

Needle Felted Heron by Sandra Atkins featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Needle Felted Heron by Sandra Atkins featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

The background is needle felted Living Felt MC-1 batting in Storm Gray various colors of Merino Top, and Merino Silk Blends make up the bird, and lovely dyed locks add texture.

Artist: Sandra Atkins, South Carolina