We Heart Felt

Needle Felted Beads by Elizabeth Carls

I am on a Felt Lovin’ Craze!

Elizabeth Carls has some fabulous felting tutorials on her blog. Both for needle felting beads (above) and for wet felting beads as well. She is a super talented crafter and blogger you will have to check her out if you don’t already know her.

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I recently got back some of our alpaca fiber that we had sent to be processed into felt sheets. These sheets can be used for needle felt backings or for sewing or a variety of other crafting purposes. We had them processed with sheep’s wool for a blend of 30% wool and 70% alpaca. The result is that they feel TO DIE FOR! I used 2nds and 3rds, aka neck and leg fiber.

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**Lesson Learned: The white has noticeable debris in it. I can’t tell if it’s because my white animals are just the messiest on the farm (Murphy’s Law), or if it shows up the most, or what. I have a few guesses. The main one is that my white alpacas are my finest one and so most things stick to the finest fibered alpacas. (Think velcro)

…Interesting...

Comments

  1. Love felting here too!

    Though, you know, I LIKE the debris in the finished product…maybe I am weird, but I think it makes it look natural and it has character and CHARM to it…NOT BORING! :o )

    So what will you be making with yours?

    Can’t wait to see!

    Lisa

  2. Thanks for the links!
    I took a felted hat class at Fiber Fest this year and now I am hooked! I’ve made five hats already using the needle to wet felt technique with a resist. It’s amazingly fun and I wish I had learned this skill sooner.

    Now to find time to felt, spin, knit, Certified Sort fiber and prep fiber on my drum carder (oh, I solved the drum carder dilemma. Wait for a future FAF post on that one…)

    Thanks for sharing and looking forward to seeing what you create with those felted sheets. Jody from Lana Bella Alpacas in Ohio takes the sheets and cuts them up and sews them together to make gorgeous mittens, shoes and hats.
    .-= Wonder Why Gal´s last blog ..Fiber Arts Friday – Spit Test =-.

  3. eastlandgrl says:

    interesting, thanks

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