September 17, 2019

Needle Felting Again

I’m still enjoying needle felting, and here is my latest project. However, I can’t take credit for the design of this little guy. I saw a picture on the Internet and decided to try it. Like my owl, he is needle felted on a core of balled yarn. Someone had the cute idea to make his feet of red hearts, and I was able to duplicate them. I learned things about the process by doing this one, but I hope my next project will be more original!

September 10, 2019

A Needle Felted Bowl

I used an inexpensive styrofoam ball as a base for needle felting this 3x5” bowl. I don’t have a use in mind, but I’m sure I’ll find one!

September 6, 2019

Second Needle Felted Project

We once had two miniature Dachshunds, now long gone. But when I learned I could needle felt one, I had to try. The color isn’t exact, but this little guy reminds me of them. This 3x5” project took a few days in spurts, now onto the next project!

August 31, 2019

Dry Needle Felting

I’ve had to let go of some usual crafts and sewing, so I’ve been on a hunt for new ones that I’m able to handle. Dry Needle Felting was suggested by Kathyinozarks as something to try and a way to use roving that I already have, so I dove in! I ordered an inexpensive starter kit, followed a video on the web, and made this 3” barn owl. I really love doing this! If all goes well, my owl will have some friends joining him soon!

August 25, 2019

Prairie Points

I have always wanted to try making a quilt using “Prairie Points” for edging. When I recently saw a pattern in a quilt shop for this little topper, I had to buy it. I don’t mind rotary cutting, so I quickly had enough 2.5” squares to complete the project. I sent it to my daughter last week as a little gift, and she sent back a photo showing where she placed it in her home. It sits on the seat of this little doll bench which coincidentally was made by my husband. Perfect!

August 21, 2019

Still Silk Hankies -- Different Use

I‘ve enjoyed playing with the silk hankies in my last two posts, and I was looking for projects for them. Yesterday I noticed my recent papier-mâché bowl waiting for some decorating. I didn’t know if it would work, but I painted the bowl white, let it dry, then used Mod Podge to attach a slightly stretched silk hankie layer to the outside. The Mod Podge diluted the silk dye, but I think it now looks darker and quite Halloween-ish! 

Does anyone besides me see a vague outline of an 
unplanned animal on front of the pot in the photo above?

This is the other side.

August 20, 2019

Making Silk Yarn

Photos of yarn-making with "silk hankies" continued...gently poke through the center of the sheer silk in my last post with your hand.  

Grab on opposite sides 18" apart, pull outward slowly into a larger circle. Silk strands are long so go slowly and it won’t break apart. Watching the video linked in my last post makes this clear. 

Below are 3 strands I’ve made since last night. As a continuous yarn, it will be 234". Each hankie has many layers, and this is the result of only one sheer layer peeled off. Silk hankies go a long way!

August 18, 2019

Something New

In a specialty shop for knitters and spinners, I saw a package of hand-dyed “Silk Hankies”. I had never heard of this, and I didn’t know how it’s used, but I loved the silk’s delicacy and high sheen. It’s not pricey, so I had to buy it! Once home and after watching videos, I learned it can eventually be used for knitting or crocheting without spinning first. That really appeals to me and my hands. If you are interested, my photo below will make more sense if you watch this video:

The layers in the pile of silk on the bottom are as it comes out of the package. The sheer circle above is one layer of silk peeled off and ready for drafting into usable yarn. If this works, my next post will be a photo of the yarn. This stuff feels decadent and very special!

July 23, 2019

Papier-mâché plus Fabric

This finished papier-mâché bowl is randomly covered with colorful African fabric scraps. I used matte Mod Podge and spray varnish to finish it off. I learned that fabric should not be attached to papier-mâché with the same flour/water paste. It doesn’t dry clear, and images are not as crisp, but I decided to call it "artistic" and keep it anyhow. It will work for storing used tea bags. The last photo shows the bowl before covering it with fabric, interesting in itself!

July 19, 2019

Papier-mâché Project Finished

Here are my papier-mâché House Finches inspired by those that visit our bird feeder. Making them of papier-mâché was fun, but instead of painting them, I decided to do tea bag art. They are completely covered in used tea bags with a reddish cast in places from Red Rooibos tea. I dried, emptied, ripped and attached the pieces of tea bags with Mod Podge before a final coat of varnish. Then I added black seed beads for eyes. This was a longer project than expected, but I’m happy with them.

July 13, 2019

Suspense Lifted

Thank you(!) to those who commented on my newspaper/masking tape balls. I never expected that, but I didn’t consider a game of fun suspense. So, here you are, more masking tape. The wings, tails and beaks were cut from a cereal box before being taped on. Next comes the harder messy part, adding papier-mâché. I need some luck with that. Elizabeth, the masking tape is by Scotch, and I don’t recall where I got it.

July 12, 2019

Starting Over!

At the risk of starting a new project then abandoning it AGAIN, here is the first step. Newspaper is scrunched into balls about the size and shape of a chicken egg. They are then covered with masking tape. 

Then I made two smaller balls the same way, about the size of small walnuts. More to come, I hope!

July 1, 2019

Next Step

My cowboy got his first application of papier-mâché today. So far, so good, but the hardest steps are yet to come. I need a hat, outfit, face, hands and feet. Some of this may come about by cardboard additions, then painting. Plus, I’m going for bowlegged and paunchy. Lol! This may take awhile!

LATER UPDATE: I’ve worked more on him since this photo and decided I cannot make hands! So his pose has changed. My husband says he looks like Popeye the Sailor now, but I think he still has cowboy potential!

**FINAL UPDATE**: I’m completely over trying to make this look like a cowboy; or for that matter, anything else! But I have to keep trying to create, and I hope next time to share something successful.

June 30, 2019

Uh Oh!

To my regular visitors, I apologize that my last post showing air dry clay rounds is gone. Thanks for your supportive comments, but I tried painting them and didn’t like the results. Grade school clay work must be too hard for me now! So I’ve gone back to papier-mâché and hope to have either a pig or a bow-legged cowboy soon. This is as far as I’ve gotten on the cowboy — a 6” wire armature built up with scrap paper and blue masking tape. Next comes using papier-mâché to try making it look like something — fun!