Archive for the ‘felting’ Category

don’t judge me by the color of my wool…

May 7, 2012

A needle felted pink bird that we all agree looks more like a Monsieur  than a Madame.  I guess  stance and beret make a man more than color… He is 5.5 inches tall, standing on a “soft rock” and his beret is an acorn cap.

soft rocks

February 29, 2012

My daughter went to Camp Juliette Low pretty much every summer of her childhood and teen years.  It is located in NW Georgia which has a geology of its own.  I love that area of Georgia.  CJL has a huge plane of flat rock that the girls gather on.  Not that CJL girls play with dolls at camp, but I think it would be such imaginative fun to have little dolls, tiny cars and houses on that dimpled, bumpy terrain that they call “soft rocks.”  (picture here) Maybe that is why I never went to camp…

These soft rocks are of a different sort.  I followed a tutorial by artist/blogger Lisa Jordan at lil fish studios,  here.  It worked like a charm and I tried to tell her so on her blog but those new captcha’s they have will not recognize my typed letters.  Very frustrating, Blogger.

Grainy picture taken by my son, Taylor, on his new camera at night with no light.  Amazing.

Update- I didn’t give you very much info on this post.  These soft rocks are covered in wool felt, that is what makes them soft.  The rock is still inside.  I think they would be great bases for my felted birds.  I embroidered them with the rock inside, it isn’t difficult.

? is for what the heck am I doing up here

February 7, 2012

I still have needle felting under my skin.  This is the result after combining that particular itch with watching a Nature show on PBS about bears.  My bear is struggling to stay upright on that ball.  I think he will keep his balance…


He is small, about 2.75 inches tall (including ball but not block), made of dark blue wool roving.  Details don’t want to show on that dark wool.  Guess I should have borrowed my son’s light again…


b is for bunny

February 6, 2012

This weekend had me lying down, bemoaning a cold and fever.  But a weekend when you are not able to do anything but read and watch dvd’s is not so bad…especially when you wake up Monday morning feeling much better.  I stayed upright long enough to start this needle-felted rabbit and finished him up this morning.  (One rabbit, photographed 3 times and photoshopped together. I did a good job with that, don’t you think?  Probably shouldn’t have cut off the rabbit’s tail tho’…) I think he is cute if I do say so myself, but I am not sure I have ever seen creatures more adorable then Gretel Parker’s felted animals.  What a treat they are!  Wish I could pop over to England and take a workshop with her!

My little guy is about 3″ tall (not including block).

fulled and felted hearts

February 1, 2012

We had a taste of spring yesterday!  How pleasant for us!  It is hard to believe it is the first of February.  I recall warm-daffodil-blooming-spring-like days in February, but I do not remember one in January.

Last year I wet-felted some wool and sat looking at it all year long.  I thought they looked beautiful (although I could have spent more time “fulling” them*), but I had no idea what to do with these small pieces of cloth.  (I did make a pouch for my camera with one piece, but my camera keeps slipping out…and I haven’t taken the minute to sew on a button!)  Yesterday, I decided to cut hearts from them to honor Valentine’s Day.

My walls appear a much more vibrant green than they are in reality!  Not sure I could live with that green.  The last heart is on a sculpture by artist Julia Evatt.  She just happens to be my mother.

Happy February, everyone!

*I looked up “fulling” to make sure I was using the correct term and found a interesting (to me anyway) explanation and history of the term here, if you’re interested.

Three Little Birds

May 24, 2011

Filling down time creating fun things but I can’t just create and then let them sit here.  This disarranged studio is filled to the brim!  So here are 3 little birds for sale in my Etsy shop.

Still trying to tie the blog with Etsy.  Well, I haven’t tried too hard but it is my excuse for not taking the time to figure it out!  I would rather make little birds!

Snow Day!!!

January 10, 2011

Last night it snowed.  Maybe as much as 6″ here in Georgia.  This is enough snow to keep {some of} us native Georgians in the house for several days (last time back in ’93 or so, we left the house after 3 days.  By that time I didn’t care if we ended up in a ditch!).  We just don’t have the kind of equipment it takes to clear the streets, but maybe after this year, we need to get it!  So today, while confined to where my feet could take me… I stared out the window a lot, took a little walk around the yard and sledded down the driveway without breaking anything.  I saw 6 deer prancing across my back yard and lots of little birds milling about at the feeder.  The birds inspired me to do this little needle felted towhee.  I tried for quite some time to make it realistic but finally just gave up.  I may need more practice for realism.

Here are a couple I did over the weekend.

What fun will tomorrow hold?

playing with wool

January 1, 2011

My name is Lauren Finley and I have an addiction.  I am addicted to whatever craft or medium of which I presently work.  Or in this instance I should say play because this is nothing similar to work.  And if you read my last post, you would know this craft is needle felting and the medium is wool.   In the words of Paula Deen, “this is so much fun, ya’ll”!

But, addiction is addiction and too much of a good thing ends up being close to bad.   I will put the wool away and get back to more pressing matters.  Not before I show you my latest little birdies though.

That was before New Year’s Eve.

This is after.

I hope you all have a very happy and prosperous 2011!

Note: All the little birdies are quite recovered and upright today.

Beginning Felting

December 29, 2010

I finally went and bought some wool roving so I could give felting a try.  I found a Martha Stewart clip online which showed Jenn Dougherty making these sweet little felt birds.  Only poking myself once with a very sinister looking needle, I did manage to create this tiny 2″ long bird which I think is just plain ol’ cute.

I also tried my hand at wet felting.  That needs a little more practice but I have some more roving…

Remember the lyric’s “I’ll go no more a-r0ving with you fair maid”?  I understand the origin of that roving but what is the origin of calling combed out wool tresses roving?  Anyone know?