Friday, 19 May 2017

Using a spinning wheel.

This video on YouTube is a delight to watch for those of you who like myself find spinning wheels fascinating but never given it a go.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Wet Felting a trinket pot part two

Welcome back to part two of my wet felting tutorial. In part one we wet felted a pot now the pot is dry it is time to add the finishing touches.

Trouble shooting..... If you find you pot has any holes, it shouldn't have but don't panic if you do! Sometimes if you don't use enough wool this can happen. Just take some matching wool fibres and needle felt any thin areas. Unless you want to keep your holes! Holes can be very attractive and part of your design.
Also if you gently needle felt the whole pot it can help to stiffen up your pot if you feel it is not firm enough. The great thing about wet and and needle felting is that mistakes can be easily corrected and there are no rules!

To finish off my pot I decided to sew on some beads. I used some miracle beads. These fabulous beads glow and glimmer in the light so really a nice contrast against the wool.

Using a needle and thread I sewed the miracle beads on the yellow areas of wool.

I found some little blue/gold foil seed beads so added them on the blue areas. Again sewing them into place.

Finished pot ready for display or for putting little treasures in.

Below the finished pot taken with a flash to show off the miracle beads. Ooooo look at them glowing like fairy lights!

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and it inspires some of you to have a go! Remember my tutorials are just to give you an idea of what you can create, there are no rules so experiment.
 Have fun, KatπŸ˜‰
This is a Krafting with Kat tutorial

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

There's no place like felt! Cozy Classic new Wizard of Oz book!

Very excited my copy of Cozy Classics The Wonderful Wizard of Oz arrived today. Created by Jack and Holman Wang.  This beautiful book is aimed at small children telling the story in 12 simple words accompanied by 12 beautiful photos of needle felted scenes! The idea of the simplicity is to capture the imagination of both the child and the adult to use both your imaginations to tell the story. I bought a copy for myself as some of you know I am both a film and needle felt geek lol! I totally love Jack and Holman's needle felting and I have to say after the fantastic Star Wars trilogy this one does not disappoint in fact it is rather wicked like a certain witch featured in the book! Watch out Dorothy!

Here are a few images from the book. I got my copy from Amazon but it is also available via all good book shops.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Wet felting a little trinket pot part one by Kat Hazelton

You will need for part one:
Assortment of wool, the type you use for needle felting/wet felting. I used natural for inside and coloured for outside. Plus some curly wool for decoration.
 Soap or washing up liquid.
Bowl of soapy water.
Old cloths
Bubble wrap or plastic sheeting to keep you table dry.

Optional extras that I used:
A bamboo mat laid underneath to aid felting
Felting tool.

First make yourself a round waterproof resist. I made mine by using a plastic Ikea bag. I cut a rough circle. It doesn't have to be perfect! But if you want a perfect circle draw around a small plate or saucer.
Next lay out your table. I put a large towel on my table covered with a bamboo mat and big piece of bubble wrap. I find the textures of the bamboo mat and bubble wrap aid with felting. Fill a bowl with warm soapy water. I used shavings from a bar of soap but a little bit of washing up liquid is just as good. 
 To make the inside of your pot wet one side of your resist. This helps to stick the wool in place. Now layer your wool on one side covering the whole circle and plus an overlap. Gently wet with soapy water I used the sponge to gently soak my wool. Do not rub at this stage just gently press. When completely covered and you cannot see any of your resist gently turn over. The photo above shows what it will look like when turned over with the over lap showing. Bring the overlap into the circle, see photo below, and lay more wool to completely cover this side, again pressing and gently wetting with soapy water. Leave an overlap as before. At this point I rubbed my hand with a bit more soap to aid felting.

When its totally covered turn it over. Repeat pulling the overlap into the circle. Now slightly rotate your circle resist so you next layer of wool is laying in a slightly different direction. This will aid in the felting process. Add more wool, wetting with soapy water and repeat as before so both sides have two coverings of wool.

Once you have done your inside of your pot you are now ready to do the outside of your pot.
Rotate your circle resist just a little again. Taking your chosen wool cover the circle resist leaving an overlap basically the same process as before.

 Turn over and pull in the overlap

 Cover with more wool as before and turn over and again pull in the overlap. Remember to wet with soapy water and gently pat.

 Now your circle resist should have three layers of wool both sides. Two of your inside colour wool and one both sides of your outside pot colour. I now added some yellow curls of wool to one side to add some interest.
Gently wet, soap and pat under the net until firmly in place.

 Now it's time to get it really felted! Cover your resist with your netting. And gently rub in a circle adding more soap and water. Don't over soak it, if you do pat with a towel. You can use your hands to gently rotate the wool I use a felting tool to speed up the process.

Do this for 20 minutes and then gently turn over and do the same on the other side for another 20 minutes until felted.
To see if your pot is nearly felted pinch the wool with your fingers. If the wool is loose it needs more soap and rubbing. 
 Now I didn't need to roll my pot as it felted nicely. If however your wool feels it needs more felting either add more water and soap and rub under the net for another 20 minutes. Or roll it in bubble wrap. If you do this rotate the circle as you roll to aid the felting in all directions.

 Once your pot feels firm run it under warm water, then cold and then warm, then cold until the soap has gone. If you have trouble removing the soap add a little white vinegar to your rinse.

 Once your pot is rinsed cut out a little circle on the top.

 Now pull out your circle resist.

Stuff your pot with some old cloths to give it shape...leave to dry in an airing cupboard or on a windowsill.

Hope you enjoyed my tutorial please join me next posting on how to add those finishing touches to your pot!
Please excuse any typos I am currently using my mobile to do my blog! Lol! πŸ˜‰

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