Felt painting

Moy Mackay creates beautiful works of art using fleece, fiber and threads in her book “Art in Felt & Stitch”. It is filled with colorful felt paintings of still-life, animals and landscapes inspired by her home in the Scottish Borders. See how she uses various felt techniques to achieve her paintings.

Felt is one of the earliest fabrics and is older than weaving, spinning and knitting. The book itself is a work of art with the fiber colors jumping off the page in the numerous photographs. Four step by step projects are included with instructional pictures that are clear, detailed and inspiring and numerous. Also included are many examples of her finished pieces.

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Beautiful knitted flowers from Nora J. Bellows


Flowers make a great gift but, the book “Noni Flowers” is a beautiful gift in itself. “Noni Flowers” is authored by Nora J. Bellows. It is a book of 40 knitted and felted flower patterns and six projects to adorn and embellish garments, accessories, gift decorations and home decor.

The photographs by R. A. Sullivan are so well done that you feel as though you have just visited a florist or walked through the botanical gardens with Latin names provided. The flowers in all their detail are eye candy.

More about this book and a beautiful slideshow here.

Felt your cat

Crafting with Cat Hair is written by Kaori Tsutaya and translated by Amy Hirschman. If you enjoy wet and/or needle felting and have a cat, this book is for you.

Is this extreme? No more extreme than knitting with sheep wool or musk ox. No more out of the box than crocheting with Angora rabbit fur or using soy and milk casein for weaving, or spinning your dog’s fur.   Continue reading: 

Pantone set the colors for spring

When Pantone splashes a color, people swatch.

Pantone's Orange

Spring 2012

 

Whether you are a fashion designer in New York or a fiber artist in New Haven, you take the time to know the color trends. This spring, the color of the season is Tangerine Orange. It is out there and getting noticed. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®, says the pick of colors for spring 2012 convey energy, optimism and the promise of a brighter day. Here’s more

Knitting Daily TV was not picked up for this season

What to do about it…Knitters need to step up to the plate and write an email to audiencecare@cptv.org. Contact Connecticut Public TV and let them know you would like them to put Knitting Daily back on television. They have dropped this show from their schedule after many years… more

The modern quilt wrap in the photograph is a free pattern from Interweave.

Penny rugs

Penny rugs are felted flat round wool scraps made into coverlets, wall hangings and tablemats. Penny rugs date back to the civil war era. The name “penny” comes into play as coins were used as templates for the circles.

The felt wool circles were cut into three sizes and sewn together concentrically. Penny rug needlecraft recycles woolen clothing and old sweaters.

If you want to give it a try…you can learn to make a penny rug here.

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Felting techniques

                                                                                                                      Needle felting

Wool can be easy to felt. Probably even easier if it isn’t deliberate. There are several felting techniques. They are needle felting, recycled, wet and knitted felting.

Needle felting  is accomplished by using a thin barbed needle. The barbed needle tangles the barbs on the wool, locking them into place. You can make figures…if this interests you….the internet will show you how to make them. Decorative accents (flowers) can be added to garments or handbags.

Recycled wool sweaters from your local second hand stores or hand me downs are perfect for felting in the machine. They can be used to make new articles of clothing. Once an item is felted, it can be cut with a scissors and there is no fear of unraveling. Using a clothing pattern or making your own, you can then cut and sew the pieces together.

You can make bowls and scarves with the wet felt method. The technique requires wool roving or fleece. If you are interested check out felting-wool.

Then there is always knitted felting. This is great if your gauge is really off and the finished item is way to large. If this is your intention then, knit on oversized needles. With all that extre room, the stitches have an easy time felting with one another.

Hope one of these methods interests you. I would love to hear what you think and see what you make.

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