Exciting Stuff…Felting and a little Woodwork!

Okay, so it doesn’t take a lot to get me excited, especially if it’s creative but I have itching to show you the Christmas card I designed for this year and also what Hubby made me that I mentioned recently.

I have said a couple of times that I have doing some more 3d needle felting and I am finally ready to reveal!

For my Christmas card I wanted to create a winter woodland scene out of felt.  I am still very much a beginner to this, having only made a basic owl and a tiger before. It was challenging and the creatures could be a lot better but I am happy with the overall effect.  The first animal I made was a rabbit.

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He was fairly simple as only needed a basic shape, faces I always find challenging but he is rabbity enough.

Next I made an owl, he again was a fairly basic shape and so not too difficult.

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Lastly I made a fallow deer.  She was a lot harder.  There was something therapeutic about taking a lump of fluff and jabbing it into a rough shape, gradually adding more fibre to get a basic body, then a bit of colour.

Even chopping her about to gain the right proportions!

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I was glad of those finger guards, especially when doing the legs!

I spent hours working on her and she is a big part of what messed my neck up so in the end I had to just stop.  There is still something not quite right about her but I have to tell myself that I am only learning and not be too fussy!

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Next I wet felted the background in white and cream, laying on rough strip of brown for trees,

I then needle felted a little more detail,

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made a base and a tree stump for the owl and put it all together.

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Then came the photography, Abi took the final image for me and I edited it to  give it a softer outline.

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I used Vista Print to do the cards as they have a half price deal on at the moment. This is the first time I have had my own design printed and it was so exciting when they arrived in the post (little things!!)

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Now on to what Hubby made me… an Amish style yarn swift.

Lately I have bought more yarn in a skein and even using my ball winder it was such a faff and I was constantly getting in a tangle trying to unwind the skein.

I had looked for tutorials on you tube, watched a couple (this was the most helpful) and then joined Hubby in the garage to make it.

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First we measured two 30″ lengths of wood and sanded them to smooth any rough edges.  It was 2″ wide by 1″ deep.

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Next we found the centre of both lengths and Hubby cut away a chunk half the depth of the wood and 2″ wide in the centre of each.

He then glued these together to form a cross and when dry he drilled a hole through the centre.  We then measured every 1 1/2 ” on each strut of the cross and drilled holes halfway deep to take the dowels (lolly/popsicle sticks).

Next Hubby cut a scrap of wood to a 17″ square for the base and drilled a hole in the centre.

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Hubby then put a bolt up through the hole in the base, added a washer and some nuts topped by another washer to lift the cross,

put the cross on the top adding another washer and a wing nut to hold it loosely in place and it was done!

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It works amazingly and makes winding your skein just so much easier, thanks Hubby!!

So that was my exciting things, maybe they don’t excite you but I am really chuffed with both of them 🙂

Have a great week and Happy Crafting!

Sharon xx

 

 

 

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44 thoughts on “Exciting Stuff…Felting and a little Woodwork!

      1. I’m just being honest here, it really looks very good. I am secretly envying the barn owl 😀
        About the skein winder, I really mean it: if your husband feels like making another one, I’ll gladly discuss a price with him!

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  1. Wow your needle felting is awesome! Great tip about the finger guards, I have often lost blood doing felting! Your animals are beautiful and there is nothing wrong with the deer that I can see! What a lovely card that makes.

    I love needle felting – it is just simply divine to work with and great for de-stressing with all that stabbing.

    How wonderful to have a crafty hubby to make things for you! that yarn swirl thingy, looks like it makes short work of wool winding. I love the idea of the Amish lifestyle, it is such contrast to my chaotic life.. but then I remember I love my electric sewing machine, and reading inspiring blogs.. sigh.. I could not do without those.

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    1. The needle guards really do make a difference, I have jabbed through them just once, not sure quite how that would have felt without them! I think the deer’s head is too big or something, I can’t work it out myself it just doesn’t seem quite right! Hubby is great, I love getting out in the garage with him 🙂

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  2. Sharon, what a great idea to make your own Christmas cards. I absolutely love the felt animals and the whole scene you have created! It’s quite impressive for a beginner (I have never tried felting before, so for me it seems quite complicated and very creative). That’s so nice that your husband can make things for your crafty needs.

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    1. Thanks Larissa, it’s the first year I have had my own design printed and I was really pleased with the result. It’s worth giving felting a try, it’s easier than you think if you just keep pushing past the ‘this is never going to look like it’ stage!

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  3. Oh my dear I am blown away by your felted animals and Christmas cards – how professional!!! The details are amazing! And your yarn swift, I’ve never heard of such a thing but what a handy hubby, he’s a keeper for sure!!

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    1. Thanks Allie, everyone is saying such lovely things which is reassuring as sometimes I don’t have a lot of confidence in what I make. Some of the felted animals out there are just incredible! The yarn swift is just brilliant, simple but so helpful. Hubby is great, it truly is a blessing to have such a handy Hubby. He works in home improvement so he has all the tools in his van too :-). Xx

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  4. Oh wow! A yarn swift is on my Christmas list and I KNOW I won’t get one, so now Mr H-L can make one for me! Your felting is just fantastic and I absolutely love the scene you’ve created – I bet it has pride of place when Christmas comes:)

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  5. Oh, your card is so beautiful, and perfectly unique. And as for your husband, I can only imagine his face if I asked him to construct me something yarn-related… Though he makes up for it when he brings me a cup of tea in bed-of-a-morning 🙂

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  6. You certainly have the right title for your blog because you do have such a creative family! Your winter scene looks amazing. Keep on felting – you have a talent for it.
    Lucky you to receive a yarn swift from your hubby. That’s VERY exciting! You are not the only one who gets excited by such things – I have had a yarn swift on my wish list for a long time but I am saving my pennies for a wooden one and not a plastic one. There is something soothing and tactile about wood that makes it a joy to handle, unlike plastic. I bet you have had some very speedy and orderly ball winding sessions by now! Such a simple design and yet they sell in the shops for an exorbitant amount. I don’t understand it. Finally, I am sorry to be late in responding to your blog posts- November has been a very busy and hectic month for me but now school has finished, there is time to catch up with everyone. Enjoy your Christmas preparations. xxx

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