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I’ve discovered felting

Right, when the last thing I needed was another needle & fiber-craft. I took a two hour course on felting. I went in completely ignorant of how to shape wool fiber or roving into all sorts of forms, came out being able to put together cute little animals and creatures.

The ingredients needed for a successful felting are the following:

1.) Felting mat (usually made of a thick piece of foam or a wide flat brush with thick bristles).

2.) Wool roving or fiber (that is washed, combed and processed).

3.) Felting needle.

That’s it… no glue, no wires unless you’re creating an armature or skeleton to make your felted creation bendable and pose-able… though this sounds tricky & fiddly and perhaps a bit dangerous. Because essentially when you’re needle felting you’re taking the felting needle and jabbing it over and over again into the roving bits to shape them. For example in both the owl and the Totoro figures below, the body is simply just a rolled up wad of roving that has been poked and shaped into a body form. The ears on Totoro and the owls’ wings are smaller clumps of roving shaped into the appropriate form. I didn’t cut those pieces out. I basically poked and prodded at them until the wool took the shape I desired.

This is such a simple yet rewarding craft… even children (who are responsible and responsive to safety instructions) can master this skill within an hour or two.  It’s a great introduction into fiber-craft.  Looks like I may not have to knit or crochet everyone a present this year.

Want more ideas for felted cutestuff?

My 2nd Totoro - completed in less than 1 hour

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I’m a knitter not a miracle worker

I love the old Star Trek’s for their kitsch value. I don’t ever think i’d knit a Star Trek sweater, but I was shuffling around the web looking for colorwork patterns and I ran across this…

http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/allpatterns.htm

I freaked out because I took one look at this chart and thought… who the hell would want to knit a sweater with Saddam Hussein on it….No, really… it looks like Saddam Hussein. I know it’s Scottie, but still. Maybe the mustache isn’t as full as Saddam’s.

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Kitsch, movies and knitting style

I just went to the dentist and came back needing a laugh so… I looked up one of my favorite movies on Youtube…Peter Sellers in The Party.

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61q20-uhFDw]

I’d love to knit that mini-dress in the clip. I wouldn’t love to wear it… just knit it.
I suddenly remembered this fantasy I had of creating knit-wear and projects from movies in the past. Though the legal implications of using studio imagery would be too hairy to bear. But still it’s a thought… vintage patterns seem present in the realm of ‘hip’ (god, that’s become a rather unfashionable term lately hasn’t it?) in some way shape or form.

I found this really neat “Tribe” for vintage fashion here. If you want to get some inspiration from what others are doing in fashion design.
http://vintagefashion.tribe.net/?current=tribephotos&set=y#tabs

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