#277

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Fluff!
Well, now that secret Mother’s day business has bee taken care of, I have a short amount of time to do some playing around crafts before the next birthday rounds.
I found myself in a variety store today, then found myself buying two wire dog brushes. The other day I mentioned carding wool, and thought I’d pick up some brushes to try it, while I found them cheap.
Firstly, I tried brushing some yarn to make some felting materials with (this is the pink fairy floss looking pile.) I wrapped the wool around my hand and cut one end. Leaning the lengths on my leg, I brushed with the dog brush to get a pile of fibres. I had to use the fine needle, as the heavy needle wouldn’t go through the ball at all. I used acrylic/synthetic yarn, and to my surprise, it acted very different to the wool roving, or felt. I figured I had more colours in yarn, and it’s cheaper than wool roving, so it’s another way to gather supplies. The pink actually came from a ball with pastel pink, yellow and blue in it. Its much softer than the wool.
The darker ball of fluff was a mix of all the colours that I had in my pack- blue, purple, red, orange, yellow, and green. I don’t know why I thought it would seem more brown. Maybe from a distance, but I’m still thinking in paint mixing. It doesn’t seem so in the picture, but it’s rather purply, but you can still see strands of each colour in it.
Here is the video where I learnt about carding, and it’ll explain it better than I can.

#274

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Hey, I didn’t forget you guys, I’ve just been working on super secret mother’s day stuff. Shhhhh.
Good news, though. I found my missing wool! Look at all dem purdy colours and unfinished projects. Miiiight need to sort it out a little. I even found some beanies that I made, but just haven’t woven ends in.
As for the felting, it’s on hold, but certainly not forgotten. The kitty burglar’s partner in crime tried to steal my red wool roving, but was caught, red handed. It is now red and white wool roving.

#250

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Today was a massive comedy of errors, mainly ending in injury for me, so I didn’t end up doing too much. It started out ok, with the craft market across the road, I bought a couple of fat quarters for hexagon making, but got too excited and didn’t wash it first. I’ll have to make it into a decorative piece, or risk washing it after its sewn and all the bright lovely colours have the chance to run and make a one colour brown quilt. Curse you impatience.
When I got home I gathered together die cutting supplies, and plopped myself in front of the tv for a while. I got to try out my new cutting plates, which seemed a bit different than my original ones, but work just the same.
I did a little bit more knitting, as much as I could with a sore arm (thanks to my larger cat jumping on it.) The picture above shows how weird it looks, but it is a lot more purple than that, as the yarn is purple, blue and pink. It’s strange that using just two stitches can create so much variation in both look and width…
What I also find strange is that us in Australia call yarn, wool. But wool is a type of yarn, and you can have acrylic wool, which is contradictory. It’s a lot like the fries/crisps/chips dilemma, where Australia calls them both chips. Such a strange and confusing place with not enough craft stores.

How to #1

How to needle felt! Kinda.

Step 1: make sure its a day where you have loads you should be doing. I picked a day with at least 4 other things, and Christmas eve is a good one to choose.

Step 2: check your last tetanus date, may need to get it renewed after this.

Step 3: put youtube or something distracting on because poking a needle near your hand thousands of times clearly doesnt need that much attention.

Step 4: gather materials. Preferrably while the tutorial is playing so you miss important steps. Now, I decided on making a cat. Great and detailed for a first time project. Make sure you get the cheapest materials with a limited colour palette. I chose one forcing me to make a blue cat.

Step 5: begin stabbing wool and fingers with a slightly rusty needle, since you bought the cheapest one. Make some shapes of varying density.
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Step 6: accept that your fingers will be forever blue due to bad materials,  reminding you that you are a cheap person.
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Step 7: Get bored and regret picking something this tricky as I first time project. But continue because the pictures were cute.

Cut ears out of pre bought felt to save some sanity.

Step 8: get angry at poking your fingers so many times- you’re running out of tissue.

Step 9: ok, its starting to look cute. May not be a total failure. Poke yourself a few more times.

Step 10: search for some beads, but not too hard, only until you find something that’ll do, like bicones…

Step 11: and you’re done! He isnt perfect, but I love him.
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He’s cute 🙂

Phew. I need a nap after that.