Needle-felt opportunity

9 Feb 2010
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I call mistakes "design opportunities!" I was working on a sample purse made from a thrift store sweater for a needle-felt class I was teaching the next day; I had almost finished needle-felting my design (all by machine, love the way the hand-dyed silk velvet needle-felts into wool!) and noticed a rather large hole just to the left of one of my yarn "tendrils". I was so dismayed, as the design had turned out so pretty, the colors gorgeous, but I couldn't teach a class with a big hole in my sample! What to do?...Then I remembered, I'd saved my dryer lint when I'd felted my wool sweater in the washer/dryer. I took a quarter-sized piece of the purple wool dryer lint and needle-felted it to the wrong side of the sweater-bag, in effect, "patching" the hole. then I took some lavender curly wool fibers and needle-felted little "blossoms" to the end of each of the 3 tendrils on the left, and voila! No hole in sight, and I liked the design even better. I'll upload a photo of the finished purse in a separate message, couldn't get 2 to upload here, thanks!

Vickie Clontz



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Anne lundy wrote
on 11 Feb 2010 12:34 PM

I'm so glad to see some needle felting, I have the machine, in my closet for over a year and not opened yet,  I love the colours it's all very beautiful, looking forward to seeing more. Where is the hole???  LOL

josi2 wrote
on 25 Feb 2010 11:25 AM

That was a terrific idea and SAVE!  Way to go.  I love the design and Love Needle Felting w/my felting machine (Viking) also.  I'd love to try some silk roving.  Do you have any idea if there is such a thing and where to purchase it?  Again, your piece in beautiful.  Josi

on 23 Mar 2010 7:36 AM

The hole is just to the left of the upper "curli-que", hard to see with the dark purple wool, but believe me it is there! There is definitely silk roving, I have some beautiful merino and silk mix roving in shades of turquoise and green, the silk adds a wonderful luster  to the piece. Silk is a very strong fiber, so it does help to have the needle-felt machine to coax it into place.

on 23 Mar 2010 7:37 AM

...and thank you so much for your compliments, I'm a true "fiber-holic" at heart! ^_^

on 27 Mar 2010 10:45 AM

There are no mistakes. There is just a new direction.