New Goodies: Dreamy Short Fiber Merino Batts

Short Fiber Merino Batts featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Some of our friends have been requesting we carry these for a while…and here they are! These very fine Merino batts are approximately 19 microns and wet felt very quickly to a tight finish. *available in 4oz increments

Short Fiber Merino Batts featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

We find them especially suitable for beads, jewelry, sculptural elements, vessels and even hats. If they are to be used on items that will be handled a great deal, we suggest it be something you can hard felt, otherwise softly felted items from these short fibers would have a higher tendency to pill.

Shop the Short Fiber Merino Batts here.

Cute Felted Baby Booties

Felted Baby Booties by Chris Pellerin featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

We love these multi-colored baby booties Chris makes! Chris shares that she used Merino wool and felts them on a single resist (which is our method also!). She lives on a farm in Western Massachusetts where she tends to the land, grows food, cares for critters, rug hooks and felts.

Chris Pellerin, Massachusetts
Dunroamin Farm Design

Want to wet felt your own slippers? Check out our kits and how-tos:

Wet Felted Slipper Kit
Wet Felted Slipper PDF Download

Felting Faces Workshop

Felting Faces Workshop featured on www.LivingFelt.com/blog

Felting Faces – The Parrot Lady with Kimberly Pulli

Call us with questions 1- 877-665-5790

Date: July 19-21, 2018
Time: 9am- 4pm Thursday- Saturday

Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Location: LIVING FELT 14121 W. Hwy 290, Bldg 2A Austin, TX 78737

Materials Fee: $0
The shop is supplying all of the wool for this project, over 13oz of fine Merino top, plus embellishment and textural fibers, use of shop tools.

Skill Level for this Workshop: Suitable for all levels, some wet felting experience very helpful. We will be rolling our felt which requires some physical exertion. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes.

Workshop Description:

“Felting Faces” using nuno, wet and needle felting techniques. We will have fun felting a flat piece featuring the Parrot Lady together, which consists of merino wool, MC-1, silk, yarn, nepps and hankies.
Kimberly will share with you all of her techniques for creating these beautiful works of art in wool. Together, the participants will felt “The Parrot Lady”. Techniques learned from this project will support
your future artworks and explorations. At the end of the class, Kimberly will be draw a name and one of the students will take home the artwork Kimberly made in the class!

More Info or Register Here

Beautiful Felted Bird Portrait

Felted Bird Portrait by Rachel Carter featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

“I love experimenting with new techniques and generally becoming braver with my ideas. This piece is my newest that I made yesterday; I made prefelt out of black merino and alpaca with rainbow silk, cut out the shape of the bird and assembled everything on black prefelt. The background has merino, yak, and baby camel/silk blends. I already have ideas for my next experiment with this style!”

– Rachel Carter, Orgeon
Rock and Flower Felt

A Little Felted Flair for the Winter

 Mary Ashmore created this wonderful, free spirited hat, and we think it will turn a few heads this winter!

Mary shares her technique, and says, “I wet felt a basic  hood and then shape it on a plain hat block.  I use sewing, needle felting, blocking, wire and anything else that may come to hand to create the shapes which I do free-form (wherever the felt takes me.  This hat is a combination of merino and corriedale.  I blend different types of wool and occasionally silk to produce felts with different properties.

 

I learned early on that Olive Oil soap is wonderful for felting and leaves the wool in great shape.  I use your olive oil soap because it’s a good value and great quality, and I don’t just use it for feltmaking.

An Adorable Harlequin

Steven Shipman sculpted this little boy using felting needles, plain core wool and dyed MC-1 Merino Wool Batting.


“The entire body and head are needle felted. The hat, cockade and ruff are constructed of felt I wet-felted. His hair is mohair and he wears a leather belt with a metal buckle and a wooden play sword. The face and hands are blushed using artist’s pastel and the eyes are painted with acrylics.

The eyes of this doll are so perfect, so we asked Steve to share more about his process:

“Regarding the eyes, there are no blanks.  I simply needle felted the eyes as part of the sculpture, as smoothly as possible. Before painting, I prime the eye surface with a mixture of acrylic gel medium and acrylic modeling paste to smooth it further, and finally a coat or two of gesso as a ground for the paint. Then I paint the eyes.

I developed this technique based on how oil-painted doll artists prime the muslin surface of their dolls before painting. Because of the fuzzy felt surface, I must admit that it’s a very delicate process which requires patience (but, then again, so does needle felting!) .”


He is 10.5 inches tall, including the base

Trek has a new friend

Meet ‘Baby Trek’ a needle felted wool sculpture.

Photo credit to Bob Holliday of Winnipeg, Canada.

Jolene Klassen needle felted a likeness of the real Trek for his proud owners

‘Baby Trek is 12 inches in height.

I worked on him for about 9 months. I used your fabulous core fiber and browns from your Studio Pack which were absolutely perfect for the job!

“Receiving this second photo brought a huge smile to my face and to that of friends who saw the sculpture as it progressed – Baby Trek and the actual Trek taken by the sculpture’s new owner. We don’t know what the big guy is thinking in this pose, but possibly ‘well OKAY, IF I HAVE TO’!”

– Jolene Klassen