Wednesday, 29 December 2010

A New Year

Lets see how this new year pans out!! I have loads of ideas and plans for new articles.
It seems that each time a new idea for a tut. pops into my head, it's followed by a couple more. So I have now started to write them all down, so that I don't keep repeating myself over and over in different posts.
Backing material will be one of my first posts, talking about what, and why!
Felting and embellishment materials will be another and yet another will be detail work- how to execute, what to use, etc.
So as you can see, there will be plenty to go at!
For now, I am going to have to concentrate on a few projects which are started and for one reason or another, have been shelved for a while.
I need to concentrate on putting more pieces on Etsy.
I have spent this morning, tidying and cleaning, washing and putting the house back to normal -
( what laughingly goes for normal in my house!!:)
I had my daughter,son-in-law and grand-daughters here for a couple of days, so begrudgingly, you crafters know exactly what I mean, I had to move most of my crafting stuff that was in the living area, into more secure places. The girls love doing stuff with Granddad, and I love showing them how to do things but it can get a bit frought at times , keeping your eyes on them and not having any damage done to children or things!!
I absolutely love having them here but boy! does it make you realise  how old you're getting! I seem to ache in places, I didn't know I had .
But we all survived and everything is pretty much back to normal, it won't be completely normal 'til Christmas is a pleasant memory, funny how you forget the dramas!
  I may not be posting everyday, so, if I don't get chance to post before it, I wish you all a very Happy New Year and that all goes well for you in the days and months to come.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

It Never Rains.....

And when it started it poured!! It only stopped about an hour ago and now it's started to freeeze!
This blog is sounding more like a weather dialogue than one about fiber stuff.http
If you would like to see what I have made and  posted on Etsy recently, please follow this link

Friday, 3 December 2010

Etsy Shop Items

Quick thoughts

The freezer conditions in my part of the world have finally started to ease  and instead of snow, we now have rain !!!Still at least you can get around better in rain than sheet ice, covered in snow.
I thought I'd give you a quick thought on What do I needle felt into??? Well......anything really is the answer.
Lets think about the needle.
Its pretty tough and very sharp, so it will PUSH fibres into all sorts of material, I'm not going to make a never-ending list now but ; foam, obviously, pre-felt(felted wool) , woollen garments, almost all fabrics,poyester wadding, etc.
So next we have to establish if the fibre , when pushed into ...whatever, is going to stay there and produce a stable enough article.
Well, lots of times the answer will probably be yes, stable enough anyway for the intended purpose but oft-times the article will be handled alot and then you find fibres coming out and the thing looks , just awful!!!
So the answer is to have some sort of material behind your surface material, into which your fibres poke and thus get all snagged up, fixing them much more securely.
I like to use Polyester Wadding which is manufactured in loads of different weights(thicknesses) and so its possible to choose the right one for the job. Most places that sell it on , say, ebay, have a chart giving weight and thickness.

I'll probably wake in the morning to find a load more snow, Hey, Ho!!!

Thursday, 2 December 2010

fiber talk: Two Lost Days

fiber talk: Two Lost Days: "I havn't a clue why but wednesday and thursday have gone without trace and not alot to show for their passing! I have at least got a full ta..."

Two Lost Days

I havn't a clue why but wednesday and thursday have gone without trace and not alot to show for their passing!
I have at least got a full tank of oil for the heating, which at the moment is an absolute Godsend, it is sooo cold here!! I put a plastic dish of water out for the wildbirds that visit my garden for food and within thirty minutes it had frozen over! Crazy.
I'll tell you something also got done, fabric necklaces and bracelets!
Oh! and I laid out the American iconography piece I'm planning.
I put a couple more items up on Etsy, a black and white butterfly on a purple background and an oil painting I did a while back, of a polar bear and cub, looks really cute!

So actually I did get a few things done didn't  I ??

Ok, back to needle felting chit chat, one thing I would like to point out is, that if it works for you and the piece you are making, go for it!!
There are those purists out there that would tie your hands behind your back with all the do's and  don'ts, just do what feels right in the circumstances.
One example is scissors!! 
It may be that there is only enough room in the area you are working on, for only a few needle strokes, so cut.!! And carry on. Few strokes, cut, and carry on. I liken it to using the crown needle when Re-Borning, or wig making.  As long as the fibre/s are secure enough- thats good enough! I tend to use a polyester fibre wadding as a back-up piece, when I know there are going to be area's like that, just 'belt and braces'- you feel happier knowing that there is a more substantial hold on the fibre but when those little scales get tucked in somewhere they can have quite a tenacious grip!! Have you ever tried pulling those stray fibres from the foam backing pad?? see what I mean??