Category: Felting


2014 ~ October ~ Jean Hicks

Jean Hicks, Felt Artist, gave a lecture and slide
presentation of her felt fusion trip to the Altai Mountains
in southern Siberia (just above Mongolia/China/Kasakhstan)
in July/August of 2012. After traveling with felt artists
from Finland and Russia, Jean and her colleagues lived with
local shepherds in their yurts. They made felt with local
women, both teaching and learning.
Wonderful program!

http://www.jeanhicks.com
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Needle-felted peaches, felted purses and monster bags were among the many projects that Joanne Dailey brought in to share with us. We then spent a couple of hours needle-felting birds and  little animals using pipe cleaners for armatures, some of us made coasters using cookie cutters to shape them. I found  needle felting to be very addictive as the rhythm of the needle is most therapeutic. I also found a charming youtube of little animals for ideas @  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baCWwkfpokw&feature=related (you will have to paste this into your URL to get there).

Joanne recommends books like PURSENALITIES by Eva Weichman, Mason Dixon Knitting’s  THE BUTTON HOLE BAG and NONI, just pockets, #404 yellow/orange jacket for the  monster bag.

Mary Black honored us by bringing in her needle felted art. Wow!

May Potluck

Adieu until next Fall

At our May meeting we rounded up all the charming muse dolls and photographed them, purged our fiber goods through the  Plaid Llama sale and enjoyed a lovely luncheon thanks to all the devilishly delightful dishes brought by members and to a retro presentation by our hostesses, Karla and Sally.

This site will inform you of events and offer inspiring “Fiber Shots” throughout the Summer as well as sneak previews of next year’s program projects. So Grab the RSS feed and stay tuned in.

Oh, and don’t forget to face the Summer challenge of choosing a color you DO NOT LIKE and create an artful object to share in the Fall.

November Meeting

Valerie lead us in a damp but fun workshop onmaking felted flowers.  First a base shape is felted, and cut to the size and shape wanted.

Then, some additional fiber can be felted on to add detail

Flower base

resulting in a lovely flower!

Flower finished

Beads and a pinback need to be added.

Green flower

And they can be any color that amuses.

The best thing at Show and Tell was Heather’s amazing wall hanging. This is a hand painted silk warp, woven with a silk weft, that will be installed in the dining room of her client. The framework  will support it vertically and will give the effect of a  cascading waterfall. Sure hope we get to see some pictures of it in place!

Wall hanging

Heather is on the right, above.

Wall hanging

All we can say is, “Wow!”
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Fun with Felt

Felt mat

Patty does wonderful felting, both wet and dry.  I love this wonderful lion hotpad she made for me!

Felt mat close-up

Here’s a close-up showing the great detailing in the mane and features.  Patty started with a partly wet-felted mat, and a thin sheet of partly wet-felted yellow.  She cut the lion out of the yellow, then finished wet-felting it all together.  The outline was done with needle-felting.  Seaview is having a felting party in February to play more with this technique — this won’t be a regular meeting, but at a private home.  Contact us through this website or come to the  February meeting if you’d like to join us.

When you are doing wet felting, you need a solution of hot, soapy water. A technique Valerie shared with us at a mini-workshop in 2006 involves using small amounts of very hot water, and scooping up a little liquid soap to coat the hands.  Frequently remove the now-cold water from the wool with a sponge or towel, and reapply very hot water from your airpot/Thermos.  Scoop up more liquid soap, and scrub (gently) away.  Valerie said that you can use liquid dish soap, but she prefers the recipe below.

I like to call it Soap Goop,  and it’s from Pat Sparks’ book Fundamentals of Felting.  She calls it Cold Soap Gel.

Cold Soap Gel Recipe

1/2 cup powdered White King Soap, or 1/2 cup grated bar soap (can be homemade)

  . . . . . plus  . . . .

1 gallon very hot water (simmering) — The water must be soft or distilled. 

Mix well until all soap dissolves.  Allow to cool overnight. Ivory Soap works well for this.