Saturday, July 12, 2008

More experiments with needle felting

Soooo, what have I been doing??? I've been playing with my new needle felting tools. And these pieces are what I've produced. Again, keep in mind here, I'm a total newbie to this medium, so I'm just playing around and having fun. In the first photo, I used yarn for rug punching on a piece of fabric. It looks better up close than in the photo. In the second photo, I used yarn unraveled from a cotton sweater, felted on a piece of muslin. I like the way this turned out.

The third photo is a scan of the back of the first photo. And the fourth photo is of wool yarn unraveled from a sweater. It rather looks like a rug, and I'm thinking someone could actually make a rug with this technic, although it would take hours and hours to complete a decent sized rug. Right now, I seem to be into using unraveled yarn from sweaters. Well, I'm new to this technic, and just playing around for now, and using what I have on hand.

In fact, I bought the sweater for this fourth piece at a yard sale yesterday. And then today, went back to the same yard sale to buy two more sweaters at half price, for 25 cents each. I haven't unraveled the yarn from those yet. And when you unravel yarn from a knitted sweater, it ends up being all kinked up. And I'm wondering, if I wash the yarn in the washing machine, if it will come out straight, like regular yarn? Does anyone know if that works? I do have some specialty yarns for my art, but don't want to use those yet, until I get more proficient at this technic.

It does seem to be rather addictive though, and I can see me getting a lot of good use out of these new felting tools!!! And that is a good thing.


CafeArtiste said...

Thanks for sharing your felting experience! I, too, have been wanting to try that out (did you get inspired, as I did, with the July/August issue of Cloth Paper Scissors?). Glad ot know JoAnn's and HL are carrying supplies. I just won a bid for some roving on eBay and some felt backing, but I lost the clover needle auction. However, now that I know some local stores have it, I'll go use a coupon.

Question: Did you use regular fabric backgrounds to felt into?


Val Foster said...

Answer to Andrea's question

Hi Andrea. Yes, I used just regular fabric for all the felting I've done so far. Hope that helps.