Saturday, April 26, 2014
Felting and an old Project Re-discovered
It has been a long time between posts. Life sometimes gets in the way.
Hope everyone has had a very happy Easter.
Lilian loved the whole Easter experience this year. Here she is as the ‘Easter Bunny’. Once she had the ears on, she took the role of Easter Bunny very seriously and began hopping around our local shopping centre. Many people stopped her and asked if she was going to call in on them. She would just nod and twitch her little nose. It was very cute. She seemed to have boundless energy!
Before Easter I got a bee in my Easter bonnet and decided it was time to get the felting machine out of the cupboard and give it a whirl.
I was a little bit rusty on how to go about it and ended up breaking 3 needles in quick succession. Nonetheless, I did manage to make a couple of small items from the embellishing I did, and now have to embark on finding a local dealer to purchase more needles.
This first project was a case for my clip on sunglasses. The black lines are herringbone stitches done in six strands of embroidery thread and then felted through the machine afterwards. (Saw this on You Tube – so not my original idea).
Basically the projects were done using wool roving and embellishments of other yarns onto an ordinary old piece of acrylic felt.
Stage 1 laying down the roving
I do a little bit of hand felting to secure the wool to the background first
Then comes the fun bit of embellishing. One of the embellishments was this glorious yarn from Fibreworks (Kid Mohair Yarn) and then I used various other yarns and pieces of silk scraps etc.
A case for my new iphone. It seems I have a penchant for green lately
During a mad de-cluttering stage a couple of weeks ago I came across these very old crochet squares. They would have been started some 15 years ago probably.
I decided this would be the perfect project to do in the car as we are travelling along. Luckily I can read, sew, crochet etc as we are driving along without getting car sick.
So, I have done a couple of squares to refresh my memory and the wool, hook etc is packed in a bag ready to go.
There are a few trips planned over the next few months. This coming week we are going to spend a few days in a forest park about 3 1/2 hours north of here with our travelling friends. Should be loads of fun.
Here are a couple of favourite pictures of our last trip to the southern beaches of NSW and Victoria.
Lake at Eden N.S.W
Wilsons Promontary Vic.
Sculpture of Ned Kelly at Jerilderie bakery make entirely out of old bread tins – ingenious!!
Until next time……………………….. Dianne.