Posted by: gourmetfelted | July 20, 2009

NEEDLE FELTING BLOG ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!! GOURMET FELTED

afghan hound 013 WELL , IT’S COMING ONTO A YEAR FOR MY FIRST BLOG AND IT HAS BEEN A FUN ONE!

I WANT TO MAKE A SPECIAL CELEBRATION….ANY IDEAS?

THE CELEBRATION COULD END ON AUGUST 21 WHICH IS MY ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY.

I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR IDEAS!!


Responses

  1. Hi…am trying to get thin whippet tails and legs…am failing!!! I heard you can stand in hot water to tighten…nut tried this and it didn’t work, any ideas at all? Thanks. Julie.

    • Hi Julie,
      Welcome to my blog. Yes you can use hot water and wet felt thin items but you need to add a tiny amount of saop and friction with your fingers to felt the wool. If you are using a wire armature, just wrap the tiniest amount of wool around it. Wet it with hot water that has a drop of dish soap in it. Then roll it back and forth between your fingers. Once in a while you can use a cold rinse to “shock” the wool and make it shrink further. Felting is basically like shrinking wool. Keep use the hot and cold alternating until the legs are as firm as you wish.
      If you aren’t using a wire frame, then roll up some wool very thin and wet it and roll it back and forth on a surface, using the hot and cold as described above. You can also trim off some wool to make the legs thinner on the thicker legs than you have done already, Could you send me a pic? I’d be happy to take a look! gfelted@verizon.net
      ~Gerry

  2. Hi I got a question,

    I bought this :

    Hi I bought Fine Alpaca and Tussah Silk Top
    Do I have to mix it with other fiber for my dogs.It seems too slippery to be used by itself.!
    Thank you, Simone

    • Hi Simone,
      Welcome to my blog! I would use a silky fiber like your alpaca/silk for fur as is. It is tricky to use silky fiber, as it is best to felt in tiny pieces at a time so it takes hours to add it all over a dog! Be sure to felt it in firmly so it doesn’t pull out. Then you will have to groom, shape , and trim as needed. The base has to be very firmly felted to hold it in. Happy Felting!
      ~Gerry


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