April 13, 2008

If it’s April, we must be needlefelting

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:04 am by lizalee

We religiously meet in January, March, May, July, September, and November.  Except, of course, when all hell breaks loose and we can’t meet and then we try really hard to be flexible.  So, it’s April and we’re having Crafty Chix.  Hey, whatever works!

Sadly, Lee couldn’t make it this time.  She’s waiting shoulder surgery and couldn’t make the drive.  We’ll have to work something out for this stuff because she’s going to be struggling with recovery for quite a little while and we can’t be without her!

Roving for needlefelting

The essential tools for needlefelting (because I’m all about the tools) are roving (ie. unspun wool), an exceptionally sharp needle or ten, a big, thick piece of foam, and a steady hand!  Oh, a supply of bandaids isn’t a bad idea, either.  You can see the corner of the band-aid box in the picture above!

Needle felting

Hummingbird in progress.  There are different kinds of needles — individual and group ones.  This one has two that are set in a wooden handle.  I recommend you get good at needlefelting before you switch to the handled ones — it’s easier to stab yourself when you are using multiple needles!

Jen

Jennifer, hard at work on a felted coaster.  Notice the careful placement of her fingers . . . accidental?  I think not!  Look in the lower right corner of the picture, see the adorable cat toy?  She put bells inside it.  Too cute!


Jody

Jody is working on an adorable bird!  So incredibly cute!

Jerryne

Jerryne is working on another coaster.  These were from an earlier crafty chix project (felting!).  She got an old wool sweater at a thrift store and felted it.  Then she stitched the blanket stitch around the edges.  For some reason, they have always made us laugh but Jerryne stuck by her guns and used them anyway.  Today, she and Jennifer needlefelted them and WOW!  They are gorgeous!

Ruby says it's hot!

Ruby wants me to tell you that it was HOT today!  94 degrees!  Whew!  But we had ac and cool drinks and we didn’t mind it at all!

Needlefelted coasters

Two of the updated coasters!  Stunning, huh?
Needlefelted bird

updates as they become available!

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4 Comments »

  1. Lee said,

    Whaaa! I am so jealous. It really looks like so much fun. Love Jody’s bird. We’re going to have to have a retreat or something on the Eastern Side so I can learn how to do this. That is, after my right arm becomes usable again. Mom

  2. Jen Miller said,

    I didn’t think it was going to be easy for me, but it was! Seems like one of the best features of needle felting is that you can create gradients with color that are really smooth and interesting, without too much effort. So this is particularly good for items that call out for one color changing organically into another. No sharp edge for me this time… 😉 We missed you Lee, because we can see how you might like this.

  3. Jerryne said,

    It was a fun project. . . . and a great day, except we missed Lee so much. The day was over too soon (as usual). I like Lee’s idea of a ‘retreat’ for all of us in Carson City some day. Ruby was with us, so we still have five gals present. 🙂 What is it we are doing next time? Wonderful pictures, Liza. Thanks……..

  4. amarkonmywall said,

    I am all over this post. I was in Michigan last weekend (anything to keep from posting) teaching a felting workshop to the ladies of the club. What a blast. We all needle felted little manatees and then everyone moved on to their own thing. In the afternoon we wet felted beads and small vessels. I LOVE working with this wooly stuff.

    So, where is the rest of the hummingbird? That had great promise. Photo please.
    I’m heading over to Egret…


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