What a gorgeous composition and fabulous felted necklace!
“Here are some of my new creations. My last project was the blueberry necklace. It was made from blue shades of blended merino silk. The middle of the berries were needle felted with black merino wool. For the berries I used the wet felting method.
I made the daffodil brooch as a celebration for the upcoming spring season. I used white merino top for the petals and varying shades of yellow merino top wool and silk for the middle of the flower. I also made my favorite flower, the oriental poppy. I used powder colored merino top and pink and purple silk fibers.
Using the wet felting method, I tried many varieties of soaps and Living Felt olive soap is by far the best I have used to create these beauties. Thank you for your wonderful products! Happy Spring!”
– Vera Runova, Minnesota
This little picture entitled “Happy Camper” was created as a gift for a friend. Felting a small picture with simple detail and design can be quite fun!
All the fibers were laid out on the base layer, and then the picture was wet felted.
Base layer = Living Felt PF-X Prefelt batt cut to size, MC-1 Batts, Dyed Tussah Silk, Merino Top, Dyed Sheep’s Locks.
Details and texture were added with needle felting and top stitching on the sewing machine. Lower the feed dogs and raise the presser foot so you can stitch freely. Add embroidery also!
Erin Butler Models her stylish wet felted cowl made with our fine Merino Tops in Charcoal and Dijon, with accents of wool nepps and silk blends or silk hankies to get the vein-like textures on top. They are also fabulously reversible!
Erin says they will make great gifts while also serving as explorations in design. Each weighs approximately 2oz, starting size is approximately 17.5″ x 15.5″ and they are wet felted over a resist. Erin shares that the resist is shaped to help hold the fibers in place and prevent the from slipping off
What an inspiring project and our gratitude to Erin for sharing her technique! Remember to test/measure for shrinkage 🙂
What a beautiful sculpture and fabulous blend of fiber and found objects!
“Here is my latest project “Whale of a Good Time.” Sometimes you find a perfect piece of wood and this one called out for a tail. I needle felted core wool for the tail over wire so it could be flexible. I then wet felted with merino silk blend Ocean and a variety of green roving adding in locks, wool bits and silk hankies for texture. The tail was then wired onto the driftwood head and glued into place. (I use a fabric glue called E6000) Love all my products from Living Felt!”
– Wendy Fifield, Canada
Cheryl Bowen of Humming Star Alpacas is sharing fiber arts with young ones … whenever she orders, we wish we could jump in the box and go play!
While many of our Alpaca Farming friends have lots of fiber, they sometimes supplement with our wool & specialty fibers, get great deals of felting foam and needles, and even get silk chiffon for painting & nuno felting scarves!
– Cheryl Bowen, Alabama
Humming Star Alpacas
Colorhue “Instant Set” Silk Dyes
The colorhue silk dyes are perfect for dying your silk scarves or fabrics before nuno felting, Simply mix with water and apply, no need to steam, no need to boil, no chemicals or vinegar to add. They are truly “instant set”!
Note from Marie: I had enjoyed using colorhue to dye silk fabrics in my studio, and a local friend and fiber artist Julianne Krute seems to pull them out at every fiber event for quick demos and make-n-take fun. After playing with them some more and meeting even more felters who are having great results and great fun with them, I knew you would love them too! So we made this little tutorial to show you how quickly you can get started!
Look What You Can Do…Instant Dyeing!
Free Tutorial for dyeing silk with no heating required!
DIY Scrunch Dye Scarves Free Tutorial
Scraps aren’t trash. Think of them as art “yet to be realized.” This beautiful and highly textural work of art by Joy Hogg is a great reminder of this idea and perfect for this week’s celebration of Mother Earth in so many ways!
Storm Over Lake Superior 10″ x 12″
“Silk hankie in grey can be the cliffs of Lake Superior shores being splashed by foam, or storm clouds. The water was a piece created for something else and needle felted to the background. The faint red in the foreground was also a scrap from another “failed” felt, needle felted to this picture. The yellow watery foam is silk.
The lesson to me: Don’t throw away failures or cut away pieces. And silk hankies give a lovely 3 dimensional feel plus a bit of textural difference.”
– Joy Hogg, Michigan