Tuesday, 22 January 2019

felted horns

Following Gladys Paulus ' workshop I really got keen on felting horns,My grandaughter wanted large sheep horns goodness knows why.I sewed them onto a headband but they are so big they are difficult to wear.
then it was a unicorn for my daughter.
A cow horn hat and oxen horns which are of to Australia.

Masks with Gladys Paulus

Here are some of the fantastic masks that the students made.

workshop with Gladys Paulus 1

This was a brilliant workshop,Gladys is a well organised talented caring tutor.She started by telling us where we needed to be by the end of each of the 5 days.I found this a great help.The days started with her showing us how to proceed to the next stage.We were making 3D masks to our own design. I had decided to make a Griffon as they  are mythical creatures so no one would know
what it was supposed to look like! Gladys lending a helping hand with  someones dragon.

Mine didn't have horns but it was great seeing how to make them.
you do have to ensure that both sides of the mask are symmetrical.Not my strong point but we were shown how to  keep things in the right place by using a pin.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Making a felted wall hanging.

 I started by pre felting a long piece to use as the flaps.I also made the felt balls on this matting which really speeds up the felting process.It is sold as a mat for cars or doormats but its great for felting and doesn't wear out like bubble wrap.
I layed plastic under the flaps so that they would not felt into the base.I only wanted them to attach to the base in the middle. When they were attached  I removed the plastic and fully felted them.

When it was rinsed and dry, I sewed on the felt balls, and added a few embroidery stitches

Saturday, 21 April 2018

making a felted picture or hanging

This one of the ways I make a felted picture.
I cut all the houses out of prefelt which I had previously made.I then needle felted the doors and windows onto the houses.
 I laid out three layers of white wool as a base.White is best as it acts as a light base darker wools can migrate through.I then started to lay out the road.

 Then the sky with loose fibres then the hills in prefelt.
 The houses and trees were next after some gentle rubbing to keep things in place it was rolled until felted

When rinsed and dried I hand and machine sew the details in  

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

felted wall hanging

It has been such miserable weather, constant rain.I really need to get out and do some gardening, but the ground is waterlogged and as we have clay soil not easy to deal with.
So I had more time for felting so another wall hanging of quirky houses in a hilly landscape.
I needle felted the windows and doors before wet felting and it was hand embroidered once it was dry.I really like the colours in the sky and was pleased with the end result.
I had to hand sew the backing and sleeve as my machine decided to play up and has had to go for repair.
I also tried my hand at a large flower brooch it is about 10 inches across.Not sure that I would want one that big but they seem popular.Mauve is supposedly this years colour so it seemed to be a good colour to start with.My camera turns anything mauve to more of a blue hue but this photo is quite a good colour match

Monday, 26 March 2018

needle felted badges

Nearly all my felting is wet felting,but I decided to have a go at making badges.I wet felted the backgrounds then needle felted the designs,

 I embroidered a few basic flowers for detail.It is quite time consuming but enjoyable.
 So far I havent stabbed my fingers.!This picture was wet felted but the tiny sheep were needle felted once it was dry.