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...

create animated gif
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 www.FeltedChicken.etsy.com

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 www.felt4uart.blogspot.com you will see something of my early felting experiences in the article Curious Conversation.

Recently I was host to Phyllis Hoffman www.phylstudio.com 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 team...to 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, http://1000artisantextiles.com 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 : http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=51283

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 ( www.vantidesigns.etsy.com) . 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.