Thursday, September 22, 2016

Felting Bowls

Well from roving to felt the ability to construct in layers has me hooked.  On a whim and a challenge, I purchased a bowl felting kit at Quilt Con 2016 in Pasadena, CA.  This summer I packed my bags and textile supplies and spent a week at a friend's cabin in the western Sierra Mountains.  Lo and behold I forgot the bowl felting kit.  Having all the other supplies I ventured forward anyway. The process of felting is fairly basic and with rudimentary skills I was able to create a bowl.  The key is having a foam to felt onto.  Once the bowl is felted, design elements can be added using stitch.

Wool and Silk Roving
Detail of hand stitch

More Details

Felting Materials and Tools can be found at local craft stores or on-line.  A favorite site is

Always hold the needle at the top just below the bend at the top.

·        NEVER do any punching without keeping your eye on the needle. Ends are sharp and you could cut yourself.
·        Always hold the needle vertically to the surface you are working on to prevent breaking the needle. The needle is more efficiently felting when held vertically.
·        Do not apply pressure with your finger against the side of the needle at an angle or you could break the needle.
·        Place needles back into the plastic sleeves and in the bag they came in.
·        When layering fibers, always alternate the direction of the wool from layer to layer, going opposite directions. First layer vertically, next layer horizontally and repeat if more layers are required.
·        Do not use needles on wet wool. They could rust and they tend to break more easily.
·        Needle felting should always be done on a piece of foam 2” thick by  8" x 6”, a brush matt, or using a Styrofoam form. Always place foam on a firm surface while working.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Teaching Needle Felting at the Desert Quilter's of Nevada Annual Retreat

Joy! Joy! Joy! I taught The Art of Needle Felting and Stitch at our annual quilt guild retreat to phenomenal students. The class presented the basic techniques of hand needle felting. Most the students used felted wool for the foundation, while an other student choose silk with a backing of wool felt.  At the class mid-point, the students displayed their work.  Each piece was unique and we discussed the processes used.  At the close of class, the students were ask to share their work and to talk about what they learned. 

Working in a group using similar techniques and materials creates a common thread of understanding.  The synergy of the whole truly benefits the individual.  While some pieces were further along in the process than others, the resulting work was amazing!  Take a look.

Class Art Work

Felt Art 1

Felt Art 2

Felt Art 3

Felt Art 4

Felt Art 6
Felt Art 7

Felt Art 5 on Silk

Felt Art 8

Samples made for class.

Felt Art Landscape

Sample Class Pattern ~ Passion Flower

Sample Abstract

Sample Abstract ~ Felted Only

Sample, felted with eco-dyed silk organza on wool then stitched