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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Felt Bag Finally Finished!

She is more subdued in real life (reminds me of shades of blueberries) and meant to be a sturdy enough to hold lots of goodies when my eldest daughter, Andrea, and I attend the Houston Quilt Market next month to promote "Making More Needle Felting Magic." I looked for months to find a suitable lining but never found one so I opted to felt the lining and let it hang over the edge with a little decorative needle felting and stitching to dress her up! The straps were felted and then stitched to a fabric backing so they won't stretch when carrying a heavy load.

Felting Progress

This is my crazy patch quilt still in progress. I've used up ALL the scraps from my felt vests and some Harris Tweed wool fulled wool scraps as well - I brought these back with me from the factory in Stornoway so they lend wonderful memories of that visit. The next step is to add some machine needle felting (alread added a few flowers here and there), hand embroidery and beads.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Felt Patchwork and Curls

I'm making a patchwork using up all the scraps leftover from my last two vests - the colors seem to really complement one another - it's a work in progress so I'm not sure what it will end up being! But as you can see, I dyed some curls this past weekend for my etsy store in some of the same tones - they remind me of Fall which is in the air here in Maryland this past few mornings. I also dyed some blue roving and curls - still drying.

New Very Sheer Felt

This has to be the most sheer felt that I've made to date. I wanted something that would be "floaty" but covered with wool at the same time - there are three pieces and enough to do some sort of long vest. Things I learned: I rolled all three pieces at the same time, however, the back seems to have shrunk more than the two fronts, so I'll rewet it (when I get some time) and stretch it. I may just do something very simple and stitch it at the shoulders and below the arm for a couple of inches - anchoring it with something fancy. It will look great over jeans with boots and a turtleneck! The color is just scrumpteous - the background was a deep pink gauze that I dyed some time ago and the wool is in variegated pinks/reds purchased at the MD Sheep and Wool - only problem is that is ran like crazy and I had to make sure that I had plastic everywhere! after all the soap and water, it seems to have gotten much better. There are also pieces of hand dyed velvet and some silk fibers embedded in it - delicious.