I'm wondering if it is possible to stiffen wool? If I wanted a wispy airy look to an item where there is just a bit of loose wool only attached to the base but I want the wispyness to maintain it's shape, I wonder if fabric stiffener would work? Or perhaps a diluted glue?
Wow! Great idea about the beads! I was using masking tape and a sharpie. Sharpies are NOT as permanet as they claim.
Bobbie, I'll have to try your holding method. So far I use the index/middle finger grip. No trouble yet, I'm wondering if I will have the same control with your method. Sort of a chop stick hold. I'll have to try! Looks like your hold may result in less broken needles.
By the way, really great photos.
When I switched to needle felted wool fiber, no matter how firmly I'd needled the surface, the surface always fuzzed up after applying the pencils. Re-needling the areas sometimes changed the look, so I went looking again.
Yep! Just about ruined my first little NF mini-bear...thus no pics yet! I'll keep the little guy to remind me of hopeful improvements in the future. Anyhow... because colored pencil does not work well with NFing, I'm wondering what to use as highlights for my current NF bear which is a very dark blue, almost black. Not sure if there are any markers out there that will work.
Ah... just rethought that I may need to use lightly applied acrylics. (???)
The center is needled to the firmness that I've found in other "very firm' pieces I've bought online and the ends were needled to my firmness.
Thank you for the sample Bobbie, it really helped me understand what you mean by "firm" and also tells me I'm on the right track.
Bobbie, I can't believe the difference in how well the wool felts if you fluff it up with the carders!!!
I have read and read trying to figure this out, it's probably just the forest for the trees syndrome, but I can't understand why fluffing wool before felting would make it compact better. To me, it seems the more compact to start with, the closer you are to the final result. I have seen tuts where they suggest rolling something into a tight ball and then start the felting.
For my third felt, I have used a wire armature and built up with layers. I don't have carders, but I have been taking pieces and lying them vertical and horizontal and then start to felt.
I was just reading Bobbie's tut in TB&F. Thanks Bobbie!
It is mentioned to use a fiberglass screen to cover the foam to prevent bearding. I'm running across that problem and wondering if sara wrap would work? I'm not at home right now or I would try!
I'm not exactly sure what the fiberglass screen looks like or where to get it.
Wondering what everyone else uses?
She/he is a sweetie. Not sure what sex it is. The landlord won't allow any other pets so I have my birds. Funny, birds can be more destructive than cats or dogs!
Jodi, Luca the Red Belly is quite the character! She is now 2 years old and talks a bit. I have to be careful what I watch on TV. Too much cussing and she picks it up right away! :redface: You might notice in my avatar she has lost some of the red in her belly area, thus I'm sure she is a girl. The males keep all of the red on their bellies and face area. The larger pic is when she was only 6 months and had not gone through many molts to lose the red.
I'm pretty new to this forum, but I am a HUGE fan of your Puddles. I have a few birdish ideas I hope to accomplish someday once I hone my skills. Anyhow, I hope to own a Puddle someday! I'm a big bird fan too!
From the photo, I think she looks great. From the angle of the photo, I don't see any problem with the eyes. The only thing I see is perhaps the neck adornment might be a little "heavy" looking for the wee bird. But still adorable!!
Thought I would put a face to my name thus my avatar. Sorry I don't have anything fancy to show yet!
Anyhow, I received the stainless steel grit from Sassy to weight I'm guessing the bottom of my current bear's feet so he will stand. My plan is to cut the following muslin sack into two very small pieces, sewing three sides, adding the grit then sewing up the fourth side. My concern is that the seams long term will not hold the grit, or I may weaken the bag as I needle felt around and over it.
Here is the muslin:
This bear when finished will probably stand 8 inches. He is wire armatured but I am thinking of string jointing hm as well to insure his legs stay close to his body.
Thanks for any input.
(Ask me how I know about keps!!).
I'm afraid to ask, but I'm going to....
How do you know about Keps? Please tell me they don't live in carded fleece! When I first ordered fleece on Ebay, right around the time I received it, I started getting some sort of itchy bites all over my legs! Probably a coincidence I hope!
Interestingly enough, there are scientists that are researching procedures to create an aritificial 'weakness' in the fiber at a particular point in the shearing year, so that the fleece will be shed with only minor 'tugging' on it.
How interesting! I spent a good time this weekend researching the different types of fibers, wool, alpaca etc. I think I'm just starting to get a grasp of it all!
As far as poking until it feels like balsa wood, I haven't gotten to that point yet, although the piece I'm working on now does seem much harder than the first piece I did. Do you achieve this "sensation" with a coarser needle such as a 38 or not until you start with the 40 or 42?
Thanks again for all your info.
Will be sending you a PM shortly.