Fan Art in Felt…You just gotta love it! Sasha really did this character justice!
“Galahad is an enchanted suit of armor and main character of the “Galahad & The Far Off Horizon” comic anthology, created by Hansel Moreno & Julian Adkins. This sculpture is made of wire, wool (mostly Living Felt’s MC-1 Batt in Carnival!), and polymer clay (with a pinch o’ magic, shh)! Capturing the proportions of this character was a fun challenge; I learned a lot from this project!”
– Sasha Blaschka, Texas
What a story … wait til you read how she needle felted her first items…can you say Pioneer Woman?!
“I saw some felting on Facebook a few months ago. I live on Vancouver island way out in the boonies on the west coast. I watched a video to see that I needed a needle with some barbs on it. so I found a hat pin and snagged it with some wire cutters. I made a hare and was quite proud of myself. I found a store that I drove two hours to get to. I went in and there sat six people with spinning wheels. I thought I had gone back in time.
Purchased a couple needles. He had a tough one and regular. It didn’t take me very long to see how restricted I was with the needles. I sew and I understand needles so I looked again on the Internet and found Living felt. I ordered lots of needles.
Now I can control and sculpt fine details. the needles make all the difference. I had a piece of wool fabric . I placed some little pictures of critters that I had traced on to wash away interfacing. It is very fine, not good enough for embroidery work. It felted right into the fabric mostly or just pulled off as I worked up the the edges of the bunny. I was surprised how quickly each animal worked up. Important to plan colours that will show up. Looking forward to my next project.”
– Susan Nelson, British Columbia, Canada
Cherie Davidson of Darlin’ Girl Creations really made our day with the little video she posted of her Swatch Binder! We are always telling people to save back little samples with their label… and look what she did!
“I’ve finally started my fiber samples catalog/inventory binder! I’m excited to be able to flip through this and know what colors I need to re-order. Once I can move into my studio space, I’ll coordinate these with my wool bins and containers for quick inventory checks.
Oh, the wonderful bliss that comes from organization…and wool displayed…”
– Cherie Davidson, Oregon
etsy: Darlin’ Girl Creations
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.
Last year I shared my wool and yarn basket hung out for birds to line their nests; I repurposed a hanging plant basket that is normally lined with moss. Over time, it got kind of messy and even a bit weathered.
So this year I decided to try my initial impulse, which was to use fishing net and create a little ball of nest goodies for the birds.
It is hanging in the same tree as our bird feeder and bird house (on branches you cannot see) and we are hopeful to provide nice
and cozy nest materials for our bird friends.
I am happy to report that this year in the neighborhood, I found an abandoned nest that had fallen due to winter winds lined with a little tuft of fleece ~ amont other things :=)