November 6, 2019

A New Look!

In an effort to spend less time on my iPad, I decided to simplify my blog page. The blog name has changed to be all-inclusive of what keeps me busy, and I plan to continue following my favorites on the Reading List page. Commenting hasn’t changed, so feel free to let me know you were here. Being a minimalist at heart, this feels good!

October 31, 2019

Needle Felted Doll

About 6” tall, she is dressed to party. I have learned a lot, but clearly not how to make shorter arms!

October 27, 2019

Papermaking Session

I realize there are only 3 sheets of paper, but that’s enough for me these days. The tan sheet with a deckle edge was made from a mixture of cotton linters, junk mail, and a couple drops of green food coloring (which oddly doesn’t show). Wanting to get back to basics, the two white sheets are 100% cotton. The dark specks in all three sheets are bits of dried fall leaves added to the blender mix. I’ll use all three of these papers in homemade note cards.

October 25, 2019

Needle Felting Continues

Just finished this 5” needle-felted Gnome who has been charged with bringing good luck and watching over the treasures in the earth of our yard. I think of flowers, bulbs, and visiting wildlife out there. However, the newest member of our family, our 45 pound rescue dog, Seamus, is convinced the treasures are moles. He has dug relentlessly trying to find one, but so far the Gnome has protected them all! 

October 20, 2019

For the Spooky Season

I was going through some of my older projects today, and these 3 dolls asked to be taken out of storage for the Halloween season. They were made during a time when I was obsessed with making stump dolls. I always inserted sage in their stuffing for good vibes and polished river rocks for weight. I’ve missed dollmaking!

October 15, 2019

Needle Felted Macaw

This 6” Macaw was completed last night and photographed today. I’m happy with it, but I got so enthused that I overworked my hands. I had to get out the heavy duty brace this morning. My urge to create is so strong I often forget about common sense! :()

October 14, 2019

Fiber Art Experiment

Except for the blue and yellow in the sky, this image was created with strands of silk from Silk Hankies and Alpaca wool roving. I painted the sky with acrylics on a 9x12“ canvas, then used Mod Podge to attach the silk and alpaca. It was hard to get the fibers to stay in place as they stuck to my fingers, but I persisted to push them around until a voice said to stop. Thankfully, Mod Podge dries slowly enough for me to do that. It was fun, and “it is what it is”. Never afraid to post my “Mehs”.  ;)

October 13, 2019

Tea Bag Box

I found this unfinished 3.5” wooden box with a drawer in a craft shop for 99 cents. It cried out to be covered with tea bags, so that’s how I finished it up. I allowed used tea bags to dry, carefully emptied them, then attached them with Mod Podge. The reddish tint is from herbal tea bags. It worked well and was fun! I didn’t have a plan for how to use this until I realized it belongs in my kitchen!

October 1, 2019

Dry Needle Felted Toadstool

I’ve decided I like dry needle felting more than wet felting; and since real toadstools are all over our property right now, this seemed like a good subject. It’s about 4” tall.

September 24, 2019

Just for Fun!

Going back 2 posts shows my first wet-felted piece of wool cloth. There was a 2nd smaller piece that I didn’t post, and I had them sitting together on my desk when a familiar image jumped out. I took both pieces to my sewing machine and just had fun. I think this elevates my work from kindergarten to 2nd grade. Lol!

September 23, 2019

Next Needle Felting Experiment

I spent the last few days browsing the Internet and YouTube for anything that might help me learn more about needle felting. There is a lot to learn about different methods, instructions, use of color, and it’s all fun no matter how it turns out. The white border across the bottom of this 12”x18” piece wasn’t really intended. It was left-over from the white alpaca roving that I used for the background, but I may leave it there because trying to remove it now could be a disaster. This is very strong wool cloth!

September 20, 2019

An Experiment

I remembered when Katy of  “The Red Tin” blog used wool roving for wet felting, so I decided to try it. After following some instructional videos, here is a finished piece. I really wasn’t trying for a landscape, but I wanted to use numerous colors and the suggestion of a very vague landscape resulted anyhow. I’ve learned how to place the roving for a desired look, so anything  could be planned. But I think I will have more fun if I allow the process and colors to surprise me. This is about 9”x11” and very strong wool cloth after much wet agitation by hand. It was fun, but now I’m tired. The image reminds me of kindergarten art!

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!