Sunday, September 25, 2016

Mr. Fox- Part 2

Mr. Fox is looking a bit more animated now...


                                                      ...and I'm happy to see...




                           ...that the tail (engineered to help hold him 'upright')...


                                                             ...really works!!




                                                        Once he's fully dry...




                           ...I stuff him with commercial wool scraps and roving...




                                                ...and needle felt his eyes.


          (I don't want to add anything that can be pulled off by a baby and eaten!)




                                                          I stuff him firmly...




                                                             ...but softly...





                                                       ...so that little hands...




                                                      ...can easily grasp him.



                              I'd like to make a couple of other long-tailed animals..






                                                  ...for my 'Honey's toy box'!




Friday, September 23, 2016

Mr. Fox- Part 1

I fashion a 'fox' resist from foam underlayment...


                                         ...and cover it with lovely, hairy wool...

                                                ...in natural black and brown...



                                 ...wrapping the wool carefully around the resist...



                                              ...after each thin layer of fiber.



                                        Bubble wrap and painter's plastic resists...



                                    ...are employed to keep the tail (and muzzle)...

                                          ...from felting into the body of the fox.



                                           A thin layer of white wool comes next...



                                         ...and then dark wool is added in spots...



                                              ...to create Mr. Fox's markings.



                                                      As the felting continues...



                                 ...the wool begins to shrink and pull in on the resist.



                                   A small slit is made on the underside of the tail...

                                                 ...and the foam is removed.



                               Felting continues with the help of long, narrow tools.



                                                 Next time: the finished toy!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

"Taggie" Blankets For My Wee One!

From warm cotton flannel...




                                      ...Japanese double gauze fabric (so soft!)...



                                              ...and bright grosgrain ribbons...



                                         ...I sewed a couple of 'taggie' blankets...



                                               ...for my darling new grandson.



                                     Doesn't he have the most beautiful smile?!? :)



Monday, September 19, 2016

Red Bag With Complicated Closure- Part 3

The finished bag...




                                         ...drying in the cool Rocky Mountain air...





                             ...and modeled by the charming and delightful, Buff Palm.



                                    During felting, the wool yarn and pre-felt bits...



                                                ...'melt' into the body of the bag.



                                                          The bag interior...



                                                            ...with pocket.



                           The combination of a short loop (on one side of the bag)...





                                                ...and a long loop on the other...



                                             ...combine to form a 'complicated'...





                                            ...and secure closure for this bag.



Saturday, September 17, 2016

Red Bag With Complicated Closure- Part 2

The long cord is attached to side one of the bag...


                                     ...and, after carefully taking measurements...



                                         ...the shorter cord is added to side two.



                                                             During felting...



                                         ...the merino yarn and pre-felt additions...



                                               ...'become one' with the felt...



                               ...and both closure loops become integrated, as well.



                           As the rubbing and rolling continue, the resist is removed...



                                     ...and the project is oriented in various ways...



                                              ...and is even turned inside-out...



                                                            ...for further felting.



                                                          The finished bag...

                                 ...hanging to dry with my 'green pumpkin' project.



                                        Next time: the complicated closure in use!