Wednesday, March 22, 2017

DIY: All Things Needle Felted!

Hey, y'all! I'm currently on this magical thing called Spring Break. It's divine. Everyone should try a week off to unwind and unplug. One of the perks of being a teacher, y'all! I've decided to take this evening off from Facebook LIVE (I do hope you'll forgive me) to drown myself in clay project prep. I'm going full blown Clay Week next week with the kiddos and I need to wrap my mind around just what it is we will be creating. I'll be certain to share. Until then, I thought we could talk about All Things Needle Felted!

In case you've not heard I'm offering a FREE felting class right here! During my Facebook LIVE chats, I'll be walking you through several weeks of felting. Check the project listing below. With my friend Sue Bunch over at Back to Back Fiber, I've created a felting kit that contains all of the supplies you will need for four weeks of felting. Sue is offering the kit at $24.95 with free shipping for friends in the continental U.S. You can pick you kit up here.
Here's a little listing of what we'll be creating as well as the supplies included. 
And here's a little peak of what you'll receive. 

Just a reminder: You don't have to purchase the kit to participate! If you have the supplies at home then feel free to join the fun and use what you have. Also, you can purchase the supplies at any time, there is no deadline.

All videos will be archived! If you can't make the felting sessions LIVE, no worries. They will be archived on my Facebook page as well as my YouTube channel

I do hope you'll join the fun. Until then, I thought I'd take y'all on a walk down my Needle Felting Memory Lane (it's a long walk...I didn't realize I'd created so much).
My very first needle felted attempt was this sweater. I was so excited by the results that I quickly started stabbing just about all of my sweaters! 
Next up was this Put a Bird(s) on It sweater. Again, this was just a thrift shop sweater that I decided to bird-dazzle. 
I do recall this one taking FOREVER. All those little bits of flowers and things, whew! This was my first time to use yarn and I was really pleased with the results. You don't have to use 100% wool yarn for needle felting as I had originally thought. This sweater was inspired by an Anthropologie one that was way outta my budget. 
My sweet cat Asha was the inspo behind this sweater. Again, I just used an old sweater from my closet for this one. 
I had a dude awkwardly ask if he could join the "Naughty Kitty Club". Um, no. Needle felting on this lace material proved to be no more difficult than stabbing away on this jacket...
I'd had this jacket in my closet for some time...I thought it needed an artsy update. 
One of my favorite sweaters is this one...and it was so easy to make! In other news, when is Crayola gonna ask me to be an endorser? Between this sweater and that bag, I'm a walking advertisement! 
 Not all of my needle felting projects take hours. These quickies were made in a matter of hours over a weekend. I wore them during test taking week. 
I forgot about this sweater! This is how you know you've needle felted one too many items in your closet. 
I always feel foxy when wearing this faux fox sweater. See what I did there? I know, you don't have to tell me how punny I am. 
This sweater was another one inspired by Anthro. For the first time, I included wet felting (the buttons) and felted applique with the flowers. I also used yarn to create words for the first time. Check this post to see what is written on the back of this sweater. 
This sweater also included felted pieces from a sweater!
Now y'all know that I do get a lot of inspiration from artwork. Check out these fascinators inspired by famous works of art. 
One of the first dresses I needle felted was this van Gogh inspired one. Sadly, the lights have gone out on Starry Night as the lights no longer work but it was fun while it lasted! 
Oh, yes, the dress that MADE me wanna scream. This one took forever and turned me off to all things needle felting for a couple of months. It was worth it tho, I love this dress! 
The Kandinsky-inspired dresses were created when our local art museum, The Frist had a big showing of his work. I was so inspired that I made two dresses after his paintings.
My dream is to wear this dress to Giverny one day, how fun would that be? 
Jim Dine was a fun artist to explore when creating this simple dress after his heart-themed artwork. 
When el hubbo got me a needle felting MACHINE, that changed everything. Suddenly I could work on bigger projects with even thicker fabrics like this splatter paint coat
And this number. I love this coat but it was rather boring to create. I was glad to have the machine to help me tack everything in place. 

Whew! Believe it or not, I actually left a handful of other needle felted pieces off this here post just to save your fingers from scrolling. They're gonna need all the energy they can get for your own needle felting adventure. I'll be starting that free needle felting series here in April...and you can pick up your kit full of supplies right here. Thank you for letting me share (just about) all of my needle felted faves with you!
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9 comments:

  1. These wearable art pieces are simply amazing! Thank you for sharing your beautiful art with all of us. I truly appreciate your awesome art! You inspire me to be more creative!

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  2. All I can say is...WOW!!! Yes, I am also inspired and can't wait to take your class. I just read a post on the Art of Ed site talking about how Art Teachers need to do more of their own art. Well, I think I found my Spring project! Thank you, I can't wait!

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  3. So inspiring! :) Gotta get my needles out! ;)

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  4. Have you ever considered making patterns for needle felting like they do for embroidery. I'd like to make a fox stole like yours, but I can't draw at all.

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  5. This is amazing. You are one of the most talented and creative people I have ever met(online). I have purchased the materials and am ready to take your online felt classes next month. If I can learn just 25 percent of what you know I will feel like a success.

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  6. I've seen some of these pictures on Pinterest but had no idea you'd felted the pieces yourself. Color me impressed! My favorite is the jacket with the palette on the back.

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  7. B-E-A-U-TIFUL! So fun and a Needle Felting Machine???!!!! Please share the details of this magical contraption. What brand and model is it? Inquiring minds (or at least mine) would LOVE to know!

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  8. I started 3d needle felting last summer and I am so excited to check out what you have developed as a class....

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  9. free+shippingkidsThanks for your information, it was really very helpfull..

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