Monday, November 23, 2009

More Coasters/Trivets

I made three more sets of coasters and trivets. The final set is in the washing machine spinning out and then they need to be blocked. Both of these sets will have thread sketched flower motifs. The set not pictured is maroon and will be Griz themed for my friend we go to the games with.
It took me all day to do these and my back is a bit sore. I need to get a higher table for felting! I'm going out of town for Thanksgiving and then on to a playoff game this weekend. So I won't be blogging again until December. I hope all you US readers have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I am thankful that I have found so many online fiber friends and appreciate all your kind comments.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Felted Christmas Ornaments

Here are a couple of Christmas ornaments that I'm giving as gifts this year. I've got 6 more to make. The ball is wet felted around a whiffle ball with a jingle bell inside. I then needle felted the decorations on the outside. I need to add a small loop for hanging but otherwise they are complete. I have completed another set of coasters but I can't show those as they are for my sister and she occasionally reads the blog so they will have to wait until after Christmas until show and tell.
We watched the Grizzly/Bobcat football game today and the Griz won! They are undefeated and will be going to the playoffs. Go Griz!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Leaf Coasters Finished

I finished up the leaf coasters. They were all stitched with FME. You can see all them up close below.

I have joined a group of people from all over the world in making a fabric book. We are swapping book pages, there are 14 of us in all. If you'd like to follow our adventures, go visit our new blog The Story of the Traveling Pages. We just got started and the first page isn't due until January but we're introducing ourselves and getting started on planning our pages. So go check it out, it's going to be great fun. I'm not sure what's going on with blogger but I can't get these photos to behave themselves.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Dyed in the Wool

Here's what I've been doing today. This is a pretty lousy photo but I dyed lots of wool today. I needed to dye some for my prize give away. That's the blue green to the left. Then I needed some for Christmas gifts. I tried to dye some maroon to match Griz colors and I did a very poor job.

I had felted these coasters last week and now I dyed them green. I've been meaning to experiment with using thickened acid dyes for surface design and finally got around to doing that today.

I thickened the dye with sodium alginate. And then used a foam brush to put it on stamps...

and stencils.

Here's one close up. This one is stenciled. This is before steaming.

Here they all are before steaming.

And after steaming and rinsing. It worked!! Now I'm going to do a little stitching on these. This was great fun and even though you can't get a lot of detail on the felt, it still gives a good imprint if you use a chunky stamp or simple stencil without a lot of detail.

I had left over thickened green dye. So I did some leaf printing on an old wool blanket. Boy was that messy. I will do further work on this later. It's steaming now. I still have leftover dye. I put it in the refrigerator. Remind me in 6 months to get it out and throw the science experiment away.

Here are some Wensleydale locks that I dyed as well. Some are blue/green and the others are the same green that I dyed the coasters with first.

Here's a close up. They are drying. Now I have lots of dyed wool to hopefully get through all the Christmas gifts I am making. After Christmas, I always say "I'm not making all those Christmas gifts next year," but somehow, I always find myself in November and December busy making gifts. Why is that?

Sunday, November 1, 2009

And the Winner Is...

Congratulations to Textile Traveler!! I used the random number generator and you were lucky number 13! Please let me know your snail mail address and I'll send you out a blue and green woolly goodie package per your color request. Thanks everyone for leaving such lovely comments. It's nice to hear from you all.