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13
Nov
12

Tuesday Tip: Armatures

Run Red Run Needle Felt ArmatureSometimes, a felted design might have extensions or extremities that stand out from the body of a piece — arms and legs, for instance. It is possible to construct them totally from wool, but to make them rigid, positionable, or weight bearing, an armature solves the problem.

I’ve had some projects where I’ve had to use an armature to make it work.  My Daredevil horse never would have been able to stand on those spindly legs without one. An armature is a simple frame of twisted wire that acts as a skeleton for a sculpture. A trip to the local hardware store will get you all the supplies needed to build one: a pair of needle nosed pliers and wire in a gauge appropriate to your project. Pipe cleaners or chenille stems can be used instead of wire, but I find them to be a little too light duty for my needs; they support less weight and tend to break easily.  I usually felt some core wool around the wire, being careful not to stab too hard so I don’t break the felting needle.

Not every project is going to need an armature, but incorporating a skeleton into your work can sometimes be the answer to realizing your design goals.

11
Sep
12

Tuesday Tip: Needle Felting Pad Part 2

Run Red Run Needle Felting Pad Tuesday TipMy Tuesday Tip last month was about getting yourself a felting pad. This month, I’ll give you a tip on how to increase the life of your felting pad and speed up your workflow!  Cover your felting pad with a sheet of craft felt to make them last longer.

I just recently read this tip on The Needle Felters Workshop and decided to try it out.  Sheets of felt are really inexpensive (I got one for 25 cents!) and can be found at your local craft store.  If you use a pad, you know that needling colored felt results in tiny fibers of those colors being embedded into the pad. Not only do those fibers make your pad look junky, but they’re easily transferred to your other felting projects and you don’t want those looking junky. The sheet of flat felt is great at keeping all those fibers out of the pad, and that means less time cleaning the pad and more time for felting! That also means I can just replace the sheet when it gets icky, and the pad lasts longer.

07
Aug
12

Tuesday Tip: Needle Felting Pad

Run Red Run Needle Felting PadHello again and welcome to another Tuesday Tip, my fledgling series of semi-regular-leaning-toward-sporadic posts designed to help answer all the questions I asked when I was just starting to needle felt.

Today’s tip: Get a felting pad, you’ll need it.

The one that I use is a high-density pad, and believe me, it saves my lap and table from being repeatedly stabbed by needles. I like the foam for a few reasons: it comes in a variety of sizes, it provides rigid support for projects, while allowing needles to pass through wool with little resistance. You can get your hands on high-density pads at Living Felt or Felt Alive Needle Felting Supplies.

You can also use the brush-like Clover Needle Felting Mat. I have the small one and liked it, but the size is really pretty limiting, which makes it great for very small projects. Since I started, my projects have grown in size, so I mainly use the foam pads for my too-big-for-the-mat projects.




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