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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January 3, 2008

Planning for 2008

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:21 am by lizalee

The Crafty Chix are planning our events for 2008.  Here are some inspirational links that I sent out to the group to get us going.  Maybe you’ll see more of these . . . maybe not!  🙂

Crochet Project

Needle Felting:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolenzo/111625908/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolenzo/12776982/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/laurenalane/811393866/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/karent/66708920/ ** My suggestion for a project for the day **
http://www.flickr.com/photos/22687338@N00/1544864324/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/doodlebugdezines/485790445/

Freezer Paper Stencil Inspiration:
http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=freezer+paper+stencils&s=int

Sewing Project Ideas:
http://whipup.net/2007/12/18/tutorial-bunting-flags/ (A hot item in crafting lately)
http://melissagoodsell.typepad.com/day_to_day/2007/11/day-2—christm.html
http://www.lazygirldesigns.com/blog/?p=913
http://moonstitches.typepad.com/photos/tutowlrial/index.html
http://prettylittlethings.typepad.com/lori_marie/2007/08/doggie-cozy.html  (We can all make doggy sweaters to torment Ruby!)

Christmas Project Ideas:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=211686.0
http://www.designspongeonline.com/2007/11/diy-wednesdays-modern-paper-ornaments.html
http://belladia.typepad.com/bella_dia/2007/12/little-miss-pin.html