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Felted animals

Last Fridayeve I got inspiration and felt the urge (finally) to felt myself an Ant. So Saturday I sat in my studio and started with making this: 

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A pen next to it, so you can get a clue about its real seize. 

I never made anythign like this before. Massiv 3D wetfelt, It turned out nice and quicker as thought (or was I so focussed I didn't notice time passing by???? )

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The Ant is a symbol for a hard worker, soicial in a  group, together and patience. It is also a very stong insect as it can carry up to 50 times its own weight.

I also wanted to felt a goldfish so also that one I made...

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maybee a little bigger as I should have made, but I love it anyway...

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I descided some embroidery would make it even better. 

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Hello!! how are you??? Blub blub

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The Goldfish: 

The gold fish brings good luck in the form of tranquility, wisdom and long life. It is one among the eight sacred symbols of the Buddha where they represent fertility, abundance and harmony with the flow of life.

I think I wil turn my studio into a felted animals zoo ;-)  

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A workshop

Today I gave a feltingworkshop for a good freind and her freinds. She dreamed of making her own slipper and finally we were able to find a suitable day. Her friends made a bag. We started inside, drawing a resits and cutting them out, layering wool, little felting already before lunchtime. The weather was super and we had lunch outside.

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We descided to work outside as well. :  

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after felting and felting the slippers and the bags were finished. 

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one bag needed a zipper , the other bag an innerbag and decoration (most probably buttons wil be added...)  and the slippers were  done , but could do with some leather for extra protection. They were all very happy with their results.

If you want to follow a workshop from me too, just contact me and we can set a date. 

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Vase and bottles

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Yes!! I think I found my felting spirit back :)  

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Which one would you prefer?  I'd love your advices.

left: with a lid, felt  cut away until the closure

middle: with a lid but felt heigh , only little seen from the glass

right: no lid/ closure at all.

Enjoy your Sunday!!

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Kids workshops

This afternoon I had 2 kids workshops. The first workshops was for 3 girls making a felted cover for a journal. I never made this with kids and also not in 1,5 hr. But in the worst case I'd sew the covers and deliver them later. Here are impression pictures. 

First I gave them 55 gram of fleece carded merinowool  and said to  completely cover the  plastic plate. 

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Then time to find some nice colors to make decorations on the felt, an initial, a flower, everything was possible.  

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And then time to felt, first with hand and then rolling: 

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the results, It is felted, but it can become best felt  if worked half an hour more, but the girls were not that hard working anymore and time was over. So rinsed them out and added them to the spinner 

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Had my sewingmachine ready, and normally id like them to learn to sew a cover them selves , but now I sow it for them. Using a short ribbon on the 2 sides to hang their lock on. These books were going to be used as diaries. 

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Soon after they were gone  the next workshop started: making a dreamcatcher. Results and my examples: 


I really feel good teaching the children how to make these, Seeing their smiles on their faces. 

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Completely done

Here they are my latest felted slippers, finally done with embroidery. Wished I could wear them as shoes, but what would my students think of me then???? 

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What shall I felt next? 

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