Friday, 20 November 2009

Harper's Bazaar Gift Guide Features My Scarves

Hello everyone !

I have some very exciting news to share with you all. I found out yesterday that my felted scarves are featured in HARPER'S BAZAAR online 2009 holiday gift guide "Luxury gifts for women who have it all ". Click on the title and it will bring you directly to the gift guide.

Best wishes to all,


Friday, 30 October 2009

Fall's Needle Felted Harvest

Hi All!

I just wanted to put together a blog entry showing all of the needle felted goodies I made this year to celebrate fall! I love needle felting and I love sharing my love of it with others, especially with those who have an interest in learning how to do it. If you have any questions about needle felting please feel free to ask me and I'll do my best to help you! Also, all of the items shown below are available for sale in my Etsy shop; they are made-to-order (just for you!) so please allow up to a week for delivery. If you need them faster please message me first (through my shop) and I'll let you know if I can accommodate you. Blog readers get a 10% discount if the coupon code "feltingteam" is entered at check-out (discount sent via Paypal refund). Thanks for looking!

Needle Felted Pumpkin

6 Needle Felted Acorns

Needle Felted Balls -- Autumn Leaves Solid Colors Mix

Spooky Cat Needle Felted Mini Play Set

Needle Felted Autumn Leaves

Needle Felted Balls -- Autumn Leaves Marbled Colors Mix

Needle Felted Jack O' Lantern

Needle Felted Acorn Appliques

Needle Felted Balls -- Bark and Autumn Leaves Mix

Happy Halloween and Happy Fall to all!!!

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Jelly Fish!

Yea! I'm very excited to present the finished JellyFish! Just to give you a brief description of what he is...

JellyFish - This sculpture is made of thin sheets of Nuno Felt with white Romney Wool & White Tulle. He was then needle felted over a stiff wire armature. He has glowing "El Wire" inside his tentacles that glows bright blue in dim light. The "El Wire" runs on 4 AA batteries & the controllers are stored inside a drawstring pouch that is sewn beneath the mess of tentacles at the bottom, which also helps create a stable base. Once sculpted he was airbrushed with fabric & acrylic paints.



I love how the photos in the dim light turned out!! I like how you can see how the "El Wire" really glows. So neat!! I really wanted to make something... pretty, or beautiful. I wanted it to be all flowy & pink. I am happy with how it turned out. I will be listing him in my Etsy shop at some point today.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

My Angler Fish...

I just wanted to share my newest Felted Sculpture with everybody. This fish is my biggest to date - about the size of 2 basketballs!! I wet and needle felted Romney wool over a basic foam base. Then I painted & sprayed his color on using WashFast ProChem dyes. He has a working blue LED light in his "fishing rod" with the battery pack hidden within his eye socket. I'm super excited & proud of this piece!! I documented the whole process (3 weeks worth) of making it on my blog:

Angler Fish1Angler Fish4

Angler Fish 5Angler Fish 1

Monday, 3 August 2009

Needle felted dollies

Hi All,
I wanted to share my recent journey into needle felt/ paper clay hybrid dolls :) I've been messing around for a while with needle felted dolls but was never quite satisfied with the results, then on Etsy I stumbled over BlackEyedSuzie and ran out to buy some paper clay!
None of them are quite finished yet, but you can get the gist, I've started a dolly blog and I'd love some feedback.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009


I went to a friend's art show and then to a museum today and I felt so inspired. I dont have enough time to make anything right now, but by the magic of serendipity there were just 341 treasuries so I was able to create one of my own almost as soon as I'd got home. There's a few felted items on it so check it out:


Friday, 5 June 2009

Odds&Ends is One Year Old!

My Etsy shop turns one year old this month! I can't believe that it has been a year since I discovered felting, Etsy, and its vibrant community of artists. I have enjoyed meeting all of you and I'm excited about what the next year will bring!


Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Another treasury

Well it must be my week. Not only did I snag a treasury for myself but Ive also been included in somebody else's. Check it out:

Monday, 1 June 2009


I finally got a treasury, thanks to advice in the forums on how to snag one. Anyway, I've included a few members of the team in it so check it out:

Willow (WillowFelt)

Sunday, 31 May 2009

Nothing as good as etsy

I went to the spinners etc open day today and spent the whole time thinking I could find more interesting things on etsy. Consequently, after drowning our (my husband always has to tag along) sorrows at one of our favourite Asian restaurants for lunch, I came home and spent some money on etsy instead. Thanks to all those fibre artists out there who love to do their own thing. There is nothing quite as exciting as waiting for a parcel to arrive and the butterflies as you open it to see if it's what you expected! 

Louise (PixieLouFelt)

Saturday, 30 May 2009

ETSY - a life changing experience

I don't know what I did with my time before joining Etsy. It gives me a reason to create and to see what other people are doing out there. Suddenly the world seems like a much smaller place and I have never spent so much time at the post office.

Our local Spinners, Weavers and Felters Guild are having their open day tomorrow. A good reason to poke around and find more fibre to collect, use and just look at. When that's over there is the excitement of checking the shop to see how many people have looked.

Like a lot of other members I have  done dressmaking, embroidered, done stumpwork, patchworked, mosaiced etc and have now fallen for felting. I did a slipper class on Mothers Day last year and have been experimenting since then. I hope to learn lots more from the veteran felters.

Louise (PixieLouFelt)

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Last chance: deadline is 1.06.09

Sandra Salamony and I are co-authors of an upcoming book, 1000 Artisan Textiles, to be published in May 2010 by Rockport Publishers/Quarry Books. I obtained your name through the Felting Team page at Etsy, and would like to invite all team members to submit their favorite project(s) for consideration. Please take a look at our website, for more details. You will note that the while the deadline for submission is June 1, 2009, the selection process will begin earlier, and therefore, we encourage early submissions.

Also, please feel free to share this opportunity with your fellow textiles artists.

Thank you in advance for participating,

Gina M. Brown
1000 Artisan Textiles
(Creative fiber works in detail)

New treasury: please visit and give your 12 clicks :)

Sunday, 24 May 2009

International Day of Felt - October 3rd, 2009

Hi everybody,
just want to spread the word around about a fantastique big felters event: on October 3rd, 2009 - feltmakers from around the globe will celebrate the first annual International Day of Felt.
The theme for this year will be a slice of the colour wheel, yellow through red. For more informations :
Hope you'll be in!

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

The Mathematics of Needle-Felting

I'm feeling very Mathematical-like today. Inspired by my reading of Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time", I decided to figure out the Mathematics of Needle-Felting. I started by timing how long it takes to poke the wool 1,000 times.

Needle Felting Pokes

1 Poke 1/3 Second
100 Pokes 30 Seconds
1,000 Poke 5 Minutes
100,000 Pokes 8 Hours, 20 Minutes
1,000,000 Pokes 3 Days, 11 Hours, 20 Minutes
* *
1 Second 3.33 Pokes
1 Minute 200 Pokes
1 Hour 12,000 Pokes
1 Day 288,000 Pokes

After Posting my findings I had a friend comment & ask if I could figure out the ratio of "# of Wool Pokes (to) # of Finger Pokes". This is my response...

"I think the "# of Wool Pokes (to) # of Finger Pokes" ratio, for me, is actually the correlation between "Time of Poking (to) # of Finger Pokes". The longer I poke, the more I poke. It increases exponentially!"

I'll have to do the math & get back to you!!! HAHA - I'm a Geek!!

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Crafty How-To: Felt Spikes & Cords

I just wanted to share a new Crafty Tutorial I posted on my blog. This project is great for felters who want to make Spikes or Cords to add to their felted pieces. It's also super Kid-Friendly! Use it for a Crafts Day Project to make snakes, worms, tree branches, or whatever their imagination might create.

Here is a preview of my favorite part of the tutorial...

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Create animated gif

I just figured out how to make this GIF animation. It is a great tool to help illustrate process, use it on your blog too! I'm super excited, this animation makes me laugh (I'm easily amused)!!

Please feel free to comment & make suggestions to let me know what you think!!

Also check back in with my blog, I'll soon be posting pictures of my Spikes-in-Action. I used them in my newest Felted Critter!!!

Thanx - Chrissy P.

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Happy Goldfish Day!!

uhhh... I guess I meant to say Earth Day, but I'm just really excited about my newest Felted Plush!!! Here he is.....

Felt Goldfish 5Felt Goldfish 2

Felt Goldfish 1Felt Goldfish 3

I needle-felted him out of white wool, then hand-dyed him with non-toxic Kool-Aid. He was boiled in a pot of Yellow Lemonade Kool-Aid, then I sprinkled Orange on top to help create the blended colors. I also felted accent colors on top to give him personality.

This little Fancy Goldfish enjoys long swims near the beach & hanging out with his Origami Lily-Pad friends. He does have a slight water allergy, which makes it hard for him to meet other Goldfish. If you are interested in giving this guy a new home please inquire at

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Sources of Inspiration

Shalom from Israel.
My name is Elaine and I live in Israel and together with my partner Elana we started FELT 4U about a year ago.
I have been felting for a couple of years and if you read our blog you will see something of my early felting experiences in the article Curious Conversation.

Recently I was host to Phyllis Hoffman International Felting Teacher and my felting guru, for a five day Master Class of Felting. One of the participants was inspired by the Talis which is a religeous garment worn by Jewish men when entering the synagogue for prayers.
Inspiration comes from many sources and I would love to hear from my fellow felters where your inspirations originate from.

How about Sources of Inspiration as a topic to generate comment and discussion, or has this been done before on the Felting Team blog?


Wednesday, 15 April 2009

1000 Artisan Textiles

Dear all, I've received this convo today and forward it to the all of you.
Let's try!...

Sandra Salamony and I are co-authors of an upcoming book, 1000 Artisan Textiles, to be published in May 2010 by Rockport Publishers/Quarry Books. I obtained your name through the Felting Team page at Etsy, and would like to invite all team members to submit their favorite project(s) for consideration. Please take a look at our website, for more details. You will note that the while the deadline for submission is June 1, 2009, the selection process will begin earlier, and therefore, we encourage early submissions.

Also, please feel free to share this opportunity with your fellow textiles artists.

Thank you in advance for participating,

Gina M. Brown
1000 Artisan Textiles
(Creative fiber works in detail)

New Treasury!

Hello everyone! I made a new treasury, which features work by several felting team members as well as other textile artists.

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Friday, 10 April 2009

Another first treasury!

What can I say - I love orange and green together......
hi everyone! I just wanted to share with you my first Etsy treasury, some of my favourite items... I am not sure if i could bring this page here so this is the link :

Hope you all enjoy!

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Hi everyone! I am new to blogs and etsy.

I guess I'll introduce myself, my name is Mary, I was born in Toronto, and have lived in Athens, Greece since I was 14. All my life I have been making things, sewing, knitting, and lots of different crafts.

I recently discovered and fell in love with felting, both wet and needle. I am self taught and love to explore all the possibilities there are with wool. I love the luxury of natural products, wool, silk, bamboo, linen, cotton, and leather. My esty shop is vanti designs ( . Some of my favourite creations are :

I hope to make things people will love. Designing is something I do all day, whether on paper or in my head. My inspiration comes from the world around me, people, places, and nature.

There are many new projects that I am currently working on, among them are a few silver rings and pendants and a few handbags. My shop will include these in the near future, and I hope you will enjoy my new felts as well.

This is a wonderful way for us to share ideas, as many have contributed to teaching others on the internet I will try to do my part and help with more blogging :)

Happy felting!


Hi everyone, this is my introduction, I'm brand new to the group. My name's Willow and I'm from Manchester, England. This is getting a little AA so I'll try and be a little more personal now.

I started felting just over a year ago. I've always been into all sorts of crafts, and when my aunt told me that she and her friends were starting a craft group, I forced my way in. We meet once a month, and though we were originally intending to try a different craft every month, we were all so taken with felting that we've stuck with that for every single meeting.

I love both wet and dry felting, I tend to go through big phases of one and at the moment I'm very much into wet felting. I'm trying to work at big pieces to really explore a variety of methods and styles.

My Etsy shop is WillowFelt, where you can see the scarves I've worked on recently.

I'm really hoping that people in this team will be able to help me with some advice about how to boost my profile and sales.

Just to let you know a little more about me, in my non-felting life I'm a Creative Writing student, I'm doing an MA at Manchester Uni. I edit a creative writing magazine that I set up with a couple of people on the course, it's called Bewilderbliss. I'm also writing a novel about Madagascar. I have two blogs, one about readings and writing-based goings on in Manchester, and one just about me.

Tuesday, 31 March 2009

More about the"Fashioning Felt" Exhibit

I found this video on the Martha Stewart web site.  She takes viewers behind the scenes of the Cooper-Hewitt exhibit, "Fashioning Felt".  It's a great video!  You see how the large Yurt in the exhibit is made, and other felt making processes, as well as a good look inside the exhibit itself.
Have a look, and enjoy!   

Saturday, 28 March 2009

I Am The FeltedChicken...

HI EVERYBODY!! I've been meaning to make my introduction, so here I am.

My name is Chrissy P. I live in Hollywood California, and yes, I work in the movie business. My day job is working as a scenic sculptor where I carve styro-foam Movie sets & Theme Park rides. It's pretty awesome....

BUT... Because of a bad ecomony & possible actor's strike, I haven't worked in about 10 months. So I kinda fell into felting to satisfy my artistic needs. I started by sewing felt gingerbread houses as cheap Christmas presents. This got me interested in working with felt as a medium, and the rest was history!!!!

I enjoy making 2 different types of things-

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abc 3octopus 1

I have an unnatural love for reusable tote bags & love to gift wrap stuff, so I combined these 2 into making reusable gift bags. I like to call them (re)GIFT BAGS (get it... cause you can regift them!!!) It's a waste to see those tacky paper gift bags get all trashed & then you can't regift them, but they still cost you like $5.

ChocoVanCupcake 3 3pastel 3

And been a sculptor by trade, I also enjoy needle-felting. Finding this technique was amazing, because I love to make stuffed animals, but am really bad at creating 3-d sewing patterns. It's like heaven!!! I get to sculpt stuffed animals out of fiber!!! Dream come true!!! I have also just recently been experimenting more with wet-felting & it is also super fun!

So that's about it, oh, except that I love to drink boxed wine & my favorite food is toast. I'm fairly new to the whole crafty community, so please check out my Etsy Shop & Crafty Blog.

I recently posted a really detailed Tutorial on How-To Felt Easter Eggs!!! It's a great project for big & small kids alike! Learn to wet-felt wool over traditional plastic Easter eggs!!!

Thanx Felting Team!!!

Saturday, 21 March 2009

"Fashioning Felt" Exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

Hi all!

Just wanted to let you know that I just put up a new post in my blog about my trip to the felting exhibit:


Saturday, 14 March 2009

Your input, please?

Hi all,

I just posted a new entry to my crafting/needle felting blog re: a needle felted lamb that I am having difficulty making. I have posted pics of the two I've made so far, and I would LOVE some input from you all on which one you prefer, and why! Please don't be afraid to be brutally honest; that's what I'm looking for! Thanks in advance! :)

You can just click on the title of this post to get there, or you can go to:

Friday, 13 March 2009

NotSoShabbyChic: Introducing Myself (Finally!)


I am very new to felting as well as to blogging and to Etsy. This is a whole new world that has opened up to me in the last month and a half or so.

I got into felting as soon as I saw other Etsy sellers' felted items -- I just fell in love with it all: the toys, the handbags, the home decor, all of it.

My favorite technique so far is needle felting. It is the only one to which I have devoted much time. Below are a couple pics of some of my completed items as well as works in progress:

My favorite materials are wool in any form. I especially love the silkiness of mohair:

My favorite colors/color mixes are usually pink and green, but with felting I'm also enjoying using lots of different colors together, and bright ones too:

My biggest challenge when it comes to running my shop is sales. I am still fairly new and therefore not that many people know I exist yet. I do tend to do better with sales when I'm actively promoting, but lately I've been slacking. The lack of sales also tends to do a number on my self-esteem. :(

There are SO many other shops that I love!!! It will be hard to narrow them down! But I will try: (amigurumi, kawaii), (tatted accessories), (woodworking), (needle felted birds), (needle felted birds), (needle felted houses), and (sarcasm + bird paintings!!!!... best combo ever lol...).

The item in my shop that I would most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for me would be either my needle felted duckling or my needle felted rabbit:

My future plans concerning felting include doing more of it, getting better at it, and trying new things -- not just in needle felting, but also with other methods. My future plans with my shop include trying to promote it more and to also include more felted items.

Thanks for taking the time to read this! :)

--Rebecca (NotSoShabbyChic)

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Felting Exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt

I live in California, but my cousin who lives in New York City sent me an article from the New York Times, dated March 5, about a felt exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum titled, "Fashioning Felt". It offers both traditional and contemporary felt. The exhibit is on until Sept 7 so I may get there yet!     Be sure to explore the link "Process" for some wonderful pictures from Turkmenistan of women making a felt rug.  There is also a video on "Blog"


Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Introducing myself

Hi everyone!

Since I was invited to contribute to the felting team blog, here I am!
I would like to show everyone my work. I started making felt stuff when I moved to a different town. I always loved crafting, but just found about etsy a couple of months ago, and it actually changed my life! So I craft every spare time I have, just love making things, and seeing how lovely they look afterwards.