Wool everywhere.

March 10, 2016 § Leave a comment

I have a few wool related things I have been doing lately.

I have been needle felting, and dyeing and carding.

Today I carded wool for about four hours. I had several colours that I had dyed yesterday, and then a lot of undyed white.

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I’m planning on making some kind of lizard hat, so this is in preparation for that.
Annoyingly, I’m not quite sure what breed of wool this is. It’s from the batch of for fleeces I got from a farmer in Devon. He said the sheep were Oxford down and mule, but I have used mule before and I thought it was coarser than this. And it didn’t seem the same as the other fleece I was using, which I assumed was Oxford down. But maybe I was wrong.
It’s lovely wool anyhow. Nice and soft. I shall do some experiments to see how well it wet felts, and then I shall make some hats out of it!

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Here’s all my hand dyed wool. The orange already made the tiger hat, and I might make a leopard out of the yellow. Lots to do!

And then, following the experiment from my previous post, I decided to needle felt a face onto the strange thing I had created.

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And this little monster was born. He’s amusing, but I’m not sure of his purpose right now. My cat seemed to like him though.

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Sometimes experiments go wrong…

March 3, 2016 § 3 Comments

… But that doesn’t mean you should give up.

Today I made this –

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This was an experiment that turned out well.

I had seen pictures of other people’s felt, where 3D parts had been added on during the wet felting process. How do they do that? I thought to myself. So I did an experiment.

The spikes I made separately, leaving little tufts at the end, which I attached to the main body before the whole thing was properly felted.

The first time I tried this it went terribly wrong

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None of the spikes attached well, and the whole thing was a floppy shameful mess. However, I was determined that it would work, so I tried again.

In the second attempt I left longer tufts on the spikes, and rubbed the join with soap and bubble wrap before rolling the whole thing a lot.

And that time it worked! Woo!

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I’m not sure if I will actually do anything with this. I wanted to test the method before using it in a hat, without wasting to much wool for experimenting, so I made something small first.

I may well turn it into a monster!

We shall see!

The tiger has ears!

March 1, 2016 § Leave a comment

Finished today, despite having a cold. I like this one, but I can’t keep every hat I make. It will be appearing on etsy very soon!

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