April 13, 2008
If it’s April, we must be needlefelting
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!
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!
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!
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 is working on an adorable bird! So incredibly cute!
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 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!
updates as they become available!