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My Felted Pumpkin

In art, art of felting, Felted Pumpkin, felting, felting project, Halloween Craft, Holiday Decor, roving on September 29, 2007 at 8:38 pm

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This is my felted pumpkin.  I took a hunk of loose wool batting and then three shades of orange and a couple of shades of brown roving’s.  First, I started rolling the batting into itself to form a ball. With another hunk I wrapped in the other direction.   Next, with all the oranges and a little brown roving I pulled them into an inch or so wide strips.  Finding what I considered to be the centers of my ball, top and bottom and using a felting needle I punched the end of the strip into the bottom center and then wrapped it completely around the ball to the top, repeating the needle felting and back to the bottom.  I blended the colors as I moved around the now magical pumpkin.  Once all the all the ends were fixed I began to needle felt the entire pumpkin smoothing as I went. At one point I thought of wet felting and decided “NOT” As I worked, more ideas took shape on how to form and make this an awesome pumpkin.   I used a heavier needle and began felting in the edges to make it look realistic.  Constantly shaping the pumpkin with my hands as I went along and here is a perfect pumpkin. 

Now it was onto the stem and leaves.  I took brown, burnt orange, orange and grey-brown and layered strips of colors together and then wet felt the stem.   For the stem I used soap and warm water and rolled the roving between my palms.  At one point I doubled it because it got to thin.  I raised it in cold water and rolled it in a towel.  Not waiting for it to dry I needled it into the top of the pumpkin and shaped it.  The leaves are needle felted with crisscrossed roving in several of the above colors.  Once I needle felted them enough to make a good piece of fabric I cut out the leaves and needled the ends of the leaves into the top of this cute pumpkin.  That’s all folks! LOL

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Felting, Koi and 85 Degrees

In about me, art, art of felting, Blogroll, felted purse, felting, felting project, purse, roving on September 21, 2007 at 8:50 pm

Today in Ohio, it is in the 80’s and I decided I had to felt and get the items outside to dry plus take some pictures near my Koi pond. So I have to show you some pictures of my Pond and Koi and I want to point out that some of the guys are 2 feet long.   As soon as I walked out they know food is near and it you have ever feed Koi, you know what that means.  They gobbled everything up in a sec and still wanted more.  If I over feed these guys that pond get cloudy.  We try to feed them well during the summer months because they have to stay out during the freezing winter months.   We keep a pump going during the winter and there is always a hole where the water runs in so they get oxygen.

Now back to felting.   I did several small projects today and they are dry and ready for completion.   I finished up a felted Business Card Case and I love it.  No better way to show the world that you are a felter than slipping you card out of a felted holder.  This holder can carry 25 or more cards and just screams “I am felted” and what better way for a crafter to show their work. 

Pictured below are pictures of my pond, Koi and project.   My faithful Buda is one of my favorite models. LOL

 

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In Uncategorized on September 4, 2007 at 8:25 pm