. In Which Catherine *MUST* Share Her Excitement

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In Which Catherine *MUST* Share Her Excitement

Category: needle felt

Dearest readers, lend me your ears (eyes?), because after a year of eager hope and subtle pestering our store finally has….~**~these~**~

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Over the past year+ that I’ve been needle felting  I’ve tried a lot of different kinds of fibers, but none of them have been able to give me as satisfying a result as the roving from Bartlett Yarns. This roving has a lofty, squishy feel, but is extremely easy to work with. A little goes a long way with these babies, so much so that I still have almost as much in my half-pound bag of Midnight Blue that I originally purchased almost a year ago (and yes, believe me, I’ve been using it wherever I can with my projects)! I’ve found that they work best as an over-layer on a sculpted piece or by itself with flat felting particularly because of what I find to be its most appealing quality: the flat, smooth surface you can get with less stabbing.

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I love these, I love these, I love these, and it is genuinely an extreme effort for me not to hoard them all for myself. They’re a real pleasure to felt with, and I could not possibly recommend them more than I already do.

 

 

 

 

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Where I Start From

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It’s no surprise that I take a lot of inspiration for the work I do from nature and history, but the place I probably get the most from is other artists around me. In this post I would like to share a few of them, and hopefully inspire some of you as well! Be sure to click on the images to go to their pages.

 

 

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Caitlin T. McCormack (crochet)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Leigh Martin (knitting)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sara Renzuli    (needle felting)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Alexander Petrov (needle felting and sculpture )

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mister Finch (soft sculpture )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Amanda Louise Spayd (soft sculpture )

Did You Guess?

Category: needle felt

It’s Sunday again, so did you guess which part of your felting supplies we were missing? If you guessed ‘felting surface’, you’re absolutely correct! Even if the piece you’re felting seems really dense, needles can still slide through it in its entirety like a knife through butter, so it’s very important to have a surface to take the stabbing instead of your hands or lap.  There are several kinds of felting surfaces that you can find. Each one has their own pros and cons, so let’s take a quick look at them.

Foam Blocks

Pros: Foam blocks are some of the most common surface you can find, and often times the cheapest.

Cons: They’re very light weight, so while this is good if you’re on-the-go it’s not so good if you want your piece to stay in one place. They also break down quickly over time and are not (usually) eco-friendly, so you’ll have to throw them out and buy new ones.

 

Felting Mats (brushes)

http://www.dickblick.com/products/clover-needle-felting-mats/

http://www.dickblick.com/products/clover-needle-felting-mats/

Pros: Felting mats don’t tend to slide around as often and are more durable than foam blocks. They’re also very useful when doing flat felted pieces.

Cons: Over time the needles will end up splitting bristles and this will grab at your felt. If you want to make something with a smooth finish, this can be extremely frustrating.

 

 

 

 

Fabric Bags

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I’ve had my canvas bag since May of 2015

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This is the most damaged side, and still going strong! No tears, no rips, and no leaking filler.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pros: These bags (canvas has worked the best for me) are incredibly durable and eco-friendly. If you ever need a new one, all you need to do is recycle the insides into a new bag. They are also sturdy and not as likely to slide around.

Cons: They’re usually more expensive whether you buy one or make your own, but they make up for this by lasting for a very long time. Unfortunately, if they’re overfilled and stiff they can break your needles.

 

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Another pro, of course, is being able to have an adorable pattern that inspires you to work. Just look how happy this little guy is!