My latest felt project is a cute little hedgehog. Or hedgepig, which I like the sound of. Hedgepig. Say it with me, Hedgepig! I intended to make an owl, but when I had made the body shape and covered the back with dark brown wool, I looked at him, and it just clicked that he looked like a hedgehog. So I made him into a hedgehog. He is about 2.5 inches tall. He is a more cartoon-y style than I usually do. He is in the same style as a penguin I did last year, and those are the only 2 I’ve done in that style. I’ll be doing a post with pictures of that penguin soon! Thanks for reading! God bless, Rebekah
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So, it seems Chloe was not pregnant. As you saw in the last post, she made a beautiful nest, right on schedule, and even gained about a pound.
But. No babies!
I waited until the 40th day after the 31 day pregnancy to be absolutely sure she was not pregnant. After that, I took the nestbox out and rebred her. The new due date is June 24, 2014!
Poppy Felt Painting, Pt 2
Last time you saw the poppy field painting, there was almost no poppies in the field! Now I’ve finished the needle felting part, so I’ll post the photos of this process.
First, using needle felting, I blocked out the shapes of the big foreground poppies, and added shadow from the trees on the distant poppy field.
In retrospect I should have also filled in the bare white areas of the green field.
Here I’ve needle felted shading and more detail to the foreground poppies, reconstructed the the top right corner and right side, and added the midground poppies.
You could also embroider red french knots for the midground poppies instead of needle felting them.
Here I worked on the distant poppy field and hills on the left, adding a little shading, a few trees and defining some rows in the field.
Here I added poppies on the left side, added some green to the distant field, redirected the distant tree shadow, added a little lighter green to the dark trees, put some blue in the sky, and put some more poppies in the right side too.
Thanks for reading my posts!
God Bless, Rebekah
A nice interruption…
Poppy Field Felt Painting – Part 1
This is the recent felt painting that I’ve been working on. It’s probably the most complex painting I’ve done, although it doesn’t look like it when the wet felting is done.
The wet felting is only to get my base layer down, and then I add more layers and details with needle felting, also called dry felting.
This is Part 1 of the felting process, and when I finish the needle felting I’ll show that process in Part 2!!
First, the Supplies
For the felting process, you’ll need:
- Old towel
- Bamboo mats. Sushi mats or a bamboo window shades can work!
- Plastic netting. I used a plastic netted onion bag, or you can buy large sheets of dense mesh from felting supply companies.
- Very hot water and liquid soap.
For the felt you’ll need:
(I’m not very exact with wool amounts. Use what looks good to you! 🙂
- 2-3 handfuls of various green colors of roving
- about an oz. of white roving
- 1 handful of red/salmon colored roving
- few wisps of light blue
- few wisps of brownish grey
Here’s the photo I’m working from! It’s a great photo.
Now spread the white wool in vertical, than horizontal layers on the bamboo mats. This is your canvas, so make it the size you would like.
It’s okay if it gets thick, as it will settle down as you felt it.
Now for the fun part! Start laying down (painting) the basic colors on your white background.
Use variation in your colors, because that adds depth to the piece.
Now lay your netting down over the painting, (and like I said earlier, a clean onion bag works well.)
The layers by now are about 1 1/2 to 2 inches thick, but don’t worry, they will felt down!
Pour the very hot soapy water over the piece.
Gently tap, press, poke and generally agitate the wool with your fingers all over the painting.
The hot water “opens” the fibers, and agitating the piece locks the fibers together and makes it felt. Cold water “closes” the fibers, so you’ll rinse the piece in cold water when you are done felting.
If you need more soap, you can put some on your netting so it will foam all over the piece.
The more it felts, the harder you can agitate it.
You can be pretty rough with pressing, but be a lot more gentle with rubbing, because rubbing can move pieces out of place.
After the piece seems felted enough to stay together well, carefully roll it up in the bamboo mat and rinse and squeeze the piece under cold water. (I do this in the sink)
Let it dry on a towel, and prepare for Part 2!
Here’s what it looks like with the big foreground poppies partially needle felted on.
There’s more to come! I obviously still have to felt all the poppies in the field and add color to the sky, because I didn’t do it during the wet felting.
Thanks for reading!
God Bless, Rebekah
Shelter for Breeder Doe Cages
This is the shelter that I’m building for the wire cage I built in the last tutorial. I bought the black metal shelves at our local hardware store that was going out of business.
They were used as shelves for paint at the hardware store, so they are sturdy, and even better, stand by themselves!
I can put pans on the shelf underneath the cage to catch the droppings, while the cage hangs from the shelf above it.
Now we just have to put the roof on, and I can move Chloe into her new space!
Also, I can put another cage underneath for another doe when I need to.
Thanks for taking the time to look at this post!
Real Acorn Cap Ornaments
Here I’ve made acorn ornaments in three colors, with bakers twine loops in different colors for hanging. I’ve taken pictures of most of the process, but this is just a quick intro, not too much detail here.
Here are the supplies:
Also, (not pictured) I drilled holes in all the acorn caps for the twine to go through.
First start by felting a large-ish marble sized ball, depending on the size of your acorn caps so the ball will fit in the acorn cap comfortably.Next, string a loop of bakers twine about 2-3 inches long through the hole in the acorn cap.
Now glue your ball into the acorn cap.
Aannnnd…. the finished acorns!