I was feeling a bit stuck about what I might post about today, it’s not that I’m not making anything, more that I’m knitting things which take time, and learning… which takes even more time! I’m really enjoying learning to felt, at first I thought I might just do needle felting, then I realised that when you’re needle felting you’re often making ‘things’ and I wanted to make pictures, so needed to learn how to make felt to needle felt pictures onto…. (any felt experts, feel free to correct me there, but I struggled to make a nice big piece of felt with a needle!!!) So I rang my Mum who I am just SO lucky to have, and said that I wanted to learn how to felt and did she have bubble wrap and sushi mats, netting, oh, and some fleece? (he he) and of course, within a day, she has packed me a felting kit complete with books and everything I might need. Except the fleece, because her sheep are Romney and Romney wool doesn’t felt particularly well. What an awesome Mum.
I’ve been having a try each night, making one smallish piece to see what it’s like the next day, how I can improve, what I need to change…. I learned after Mum gave me some of her merino fleece, that merino is the best thing ever to felt with, it just happens almost instantly! I used the first piece I made (which almost fell apart) to needle felt a heart onto….
I loved the way it looked, until I decided to try refelting it last night which changed it quite a bit. I still rather love it, but am going to stick to needle felting things onto the felt, then leaving it alone!
As I was taking pictures of this, just then, I had an inspired moment to introduce you to Sid! Sid is the latest newcomer to our household, I found him at one of my works in the donations garage, lying face down on the concrete with his arms and legs sticking out in all directions…. I snatched him up off the floor and claimed him, and brought him home to add to our fugly toy collection, who Ted belongs to, and a collection of others who I can’t believe I still haven’t introduced you to yet!
For an old Teddy, Sid is in very good condition, his paws and ears are still velvety, and he has a full coat of fur.
He is sitting on KB’s armchair still, with the heart next to him….
They look so nice there together, I’m going to leave them there all day. KB and I will get home tonight and she’ll say something like “can’t you ever tidy up after yourself?” as she puts Sid back with all the Teddies…. (It’s not about the mess, she likes all the Teddies to sit together so they don’t get lonely)… She is the most patient person I’ve ever met, considering she likes things tidy and put away, but if I put things away I just need to get them out again in about 10 seconds, so tend to keep them on hand!
OK, well I’m off to continue with my crafty goodness! I have 4 hours until I need to go to work and I’m planning to make the most of them! OH… guess what…….
FOUR people have signed up for my crochet classes which start on Feb 21st…… FOUR!!! I’m so excited and terrified all at the same time! I have a maximum number of eight, so we’re halfway there! As I’m getting things ready for these lovely beginners, I did a stitch breakdown for them and have cut and pasted it here on my blog, it’s just below the header, on the black bar, saying step-by-step stitch guide, so if anyone is confused by a stitch in my patterns, they can click up there and see what the heck I’m talking about!
Thank you for popping in today! Wishing you all a wonderful and crafty weekend!
Lots and lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX