Sunday, 27 February 2011

Treasure Me: Inspiration for Chicken and the egg

Treasure Me: Inspiration for Chicken and the egg: "I had to share this fabulous photo of one of my mothers chickens. They really make me laugh and are so smart. Not long after she got her 5..."

Inspiration for Chicken and the egg

I had to share this fabulous photo of one of my mothers chickens.


They really make me laugh and are so smart.
Not long after she got her 5 Reds, they discovered they could go into the house through the cat flap.
It's not uncommon to see one or 2 wondering around the living room before they are put back outside.
We found this one happily making herself comfortable on the couch.
Gotta love them!

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Treasure Me: The chicken and the egg

Treasure Me: The chicken and the egg: "I have been wanting to felt a chicken for a while and finally got around to doing it. I`m super happy with her and have a feeling she`ll be ..."

The chicken and the egg

I have been wanting to felt a chicken for a while and finally got around to doing it.
I`m super happy with her and have a feeling she`ll be the first of many.




Thursday, 24 February 2011

Treasure Me: A perfect day for making things.

Treasure Me: A perfect day for making things.: "It looks like it's going to rain all day today which inspired me to felt a mermaid scene on my blue egg. I was debating doing either cherubs..."

A perfect day for making things.

It looks like it's going to rain all day today which inspired me to felt a mermaid scene on my blue egg.
I was debating doing either cherubs or mermaids on it and the weather today helped me decide.





However , my plans for working on my jewelry this week are on hold after my 'child' emptied all my beads and findings on the floor. Ahhhh!.
I`m slowly making a dent in sorting them all out so I can get to work again. 

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Treasure Me: Needle Felted Easter Egg Tutorial - Part Two

Treasure Me: Needle Felted Easter Egg Tutorial - Part Two: "I made a few different colors Now for adding a surface design. I got my inspiration for this egg from the design on a cookbook cover th..."

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Needle Felted Easter Egg Tutorial - Part Two

I made a few different colors


Now for adding a surface design.

I got my inspiration for this egg from the design on a cookbook cover that is shown in the photo.  I think it will look great on the green.

We will be using a variety of colored wool and our Size 40 triangle needle which is finer and great for detail work.
1. Get all your supplies ready and the image of the pattern you like.



2. Take a small piece of the wool (a little goes further than you think) and start attaching it with your needle. I usually start in the center to keep the wool in place, then work on the outline of the shape so this doesn't move. Then I can really work on attaching the wool securely.



3. Keep on adding to your design. Here you can see the flower I am copying.




4. Shading really adds depth to your design. Here I have started to add a deeper blue to some of the petals. Simple work over the top with your shading color, leaving some of the 1st color showing.



5. Start adding detail to your design once you have the basic shape applied.




6. To add lines twist a piece of wool with your fingers until it looks like string. Then simply lay it where you want it to go and start attaching it with your needle. You can twist it very fine for really intricate detail.



7. Keep on following your design.




8. Here is an example if making fine lines.






9. Fill in your design until it is how you want it to look.





10. When you are finished go over the whole egg with your needle so the background color is flat with your design. 
Tip - You can carefully trim any stray fibers with a pair of scissors



And thats it.

You can put any thing you like as your design. I sometimes copy a design I like or simply make one up.



Friday, 18 February 2011

Treasure Me: Needle Felted Easter Egg Tutorial - Part One

Treasure Me: Needle Felted Easter Egg Tutorial - Part One: "This is a perfect beginners project You will learn how to make a basic shape, layer colored wool over the top and finally add pattern and su..."

Needle Felted Easter Egg Tutorial - Part One

This is a perfect beginners project You will learn how to make a basic shape, layer colored wool over the top and finally add pattern and surface design.

You will need.
1 size 38 star or triangle  needle felting needle (this is used for most of the shaping).
1 size 40 triangle needle felting needle (this is used for adding detail)
1 foam block to work on.
A variety of colors of wool roving.

In Part one we will make the egg shape and cover it with a color. You can make it all out of one color if you prefer.


1. Take some wool for the core for your shape.



2. Roll the wool on your foam block, tucking in the ends as you go.
Tip. the tighter you roll the wool the less work you have to do with your needle.




3. When you have a basic oval shape start poking with your size 38 needle to bind the wool fibers to each other.







4. Keep poking with your needle until the egg starts to firm up and take shape,  holding the wool while you work.








5. Taper one end by poking more times than the other end with your needle so it starts to take on an egg shape.





6. Once you have something like this you are ready to add the colored wool.

Skip this part if you have chosen to use all one color.



 7. Start wrapping the colored wool around the egg, attaching it with your needle as you go.



8. Wrap again length ways to make sure the egg is totally covered.




9. Keep working with your needle until the fibers are all meshed together and your egg is firm and in shape.




You are now ready to start Part 2 and add your design.




Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Welcome

Welcome to my blog. A journey of my latest arty experiments that I hope you will all enjoy.

 I will be posting some Free Tutorials very soon on beginners needle felting. The first project is a Needle felted Easter Egg. You can learn how to make a basic shape and explore surface pattern.

There will also be a Free jewelry tutorial on how to make fabric covered beads. This is great for using up left over scraps of fabric. You can use the beads for all kinds of thing. I have some jewelry made from these hand made beads in my etsy store.