wooly wednesday: beads and bobbles

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Wet felting (playing with wool) is my go-to THERAPY.

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Is that a sheep in the bath tub??? Why YES, it is! (Ugh! Laying over the tub is difficult on the chest!)

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My apprentice, Luna, inspecting my ‘work’? I don’t know if she loves the wool or WATER more???!? Rub-a-dub-dub, kitty in the tub!

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The ‘finished’ wooly product: my Shetland wool with my friend Chris’s Lincoln raw wool staples as fringe. I haven’t decided whether to needle felt a few sheep on it… or not? Hmmmm…

Cheap therapy for the heart and soul!!

forced blooms

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Mindless wet felting; playing with wool to create Spring blooms!

No real ‘method’ to my felting madness. Grab a wisp of this and that hand dyed wool roving, layering as you ‘stack’ colors. The more layers/wool, the thicker your finished piece.

If you’d like additional texture, add little pieces of scrap yarn or wool snippets to the mix, before felting. Working over the kitchen sink or dishpan, rub a little (hand made) soap onto your hands (or directly onto the wool). Alternate hot & cold water and a little rubbing action/elbow grease. An old vintage wash board works well and suits my purpose!

Blot with towel and air dry. Once dry, embellish with a few beads, buttons or embroidery stitches. Add a pin-back and viola!! Sweet blooms!!

Oh, happy day!

 

Doilies?

I have a collection of doilies, some that are crocheted by my mother (who will be 90-years-old on Feb 9th) and others (some mass-produced) that I have accumulated over time. I was ‘inspired’ to DO something with them. I often sharing quickie projects that are easily accomplished by beginners,¬†both children and adults.

This little cutie (found on pinterest) has always tickled my fancy! It is a lovely ‘project’ on its own merit. They are very sweet simply hanging in a window or gathered together in a sheepy garland!

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But, since I have an overflow of farm-raised wool fleece at my fingertips, I came up with the idea of sandwiching (is that a word?) a crocheted doily between layers of wool and then wet felting them together. The wool and crochet lace/yarn provides another interesting facet and layer of texture. And you know I’m all about texture!!

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I think I’m most fond of the black-faced sheep.

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Naturally, you may embellish to your heart’s content… whatever little trinkets you have on hand in your stash/junk drawer. Buttons, ribbon, found jewelry bits, rusted hearts, beads, notions and so on and on. You may use felt for the face and legs detail, or needle felt a 3-D head for some sheep?

This time, I actually used a little clay to sculpt a head and hand-painted them with a little art paint. I stitched a vintage button to the ‘body’ and then glued the clay head to the button. But, you decide… they are your creations!

What a sweet gift for someone special on St. Valentine’s Day?? I love ewe sheep (with needle felted heart danglers)!?

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Perhaps, a flock of colorful/hand dyed wool and locks would make a fun decoration for the sheepy-themed Easter tree?? Better get busy now!!

Happy fiber’n!