wooly wednesday: woolly tattoos

woolly tattoo on weaving

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woolly tattoo on coat

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woolly tattoo on mitten

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tater tats

Block Shop Textiles

Baby goat tails: Evergreen Lane Creamery, Fennville, MI

playing with bits and pieces.

heart_sheep embellishment

Crochet a little heart with simple twine. Needle felt a tiny heart with some hand-dyed wool roving. Add a bead or two; copy a vintage photo onto card stock.

Play. Stay warm. Mix it up.

hand dyed_sheep embellishment

Sweet sheepy sentiments. Gift to a fiber/sheepy friend. Smile.

another cushion: adaptation

I am inspired by the lovely ATSWIM – TWO BIRDS hand-work!! Perhaps slightly infatuated!!

Here is my very first adaptation/creation.

chair pad_sheepyhollow

The eagle has landed!!

chair_pad sheepyhollow

Another chair-pad option for Katie??! Her school apartment bedroom colors are gray and purple. (She’s coming home this weekend – WOO HOO!!)

chair pad_sheepy_hollow

This chair cushion is made with various hand-spun, farm-raised and store-bought wool/mohair yarn. I learned a lot from this project. It was fun; I think I’ll make more.

before / after (felted cushion)

I wanted to make Katie, my daughter, a chair pad (or meditation cushion, heehee) for her apartment bedroom desk chair.

I had THIS hand-painted wool roving in my wool stash long enough. Perfect!!

hand dyed roving

I cut a circular ‘resist’ from bubble wrap to place in the center (between the front and back) of the cushion. Here you can observe the initial layering of the wool roving.

fiber prep_sheepyhollow

Someone mentioned it looks a bit like ‘Cousin Itt’ from The Addams Family (a 1960’s television series).

For the reverse/back side, I used a natural colored gray wool. Here you can see the ‘chair pad’ is already felted… but, I wasn’t particularly happy with the results.

wet felted pad

 

Never fear!!! Remember, there are NO felt failures!!

pads X2

 

I cut it apart and now I have TWO 15-inch diameter circular cushions/felted mats to work with.

Rather than re-sew the hand-felted pieces back together, I opted to use recycled gray wool (which I felted/fulled in the washing machine) for the back. I was quite concerned that my little sewing machine would bog-down trying to sew the REALLY REALLY THICK (dense) hand-felted pieces!!! YIKES!!!  :(

But… it all worked out in the end. I also purchased a piece of foam cushion from Jo-Ann Fabric Store for the ‘stuffing’.

And, viola!!

hand painted hand felted _sheepy hollow

Katie’s new cushion (a belated Valentine gift); Dennis and kitty approved!!

Happy fiber’n!!