Saturday, July 19, 2014

Newest Class

My students at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and I had fun fashioning flowers for our summer hats today!  We felted on backing fabric, then made several free- standing flowers, learning how to crimp and cup the flowers.  Next class, in November, will be on holiday ornaments!  Go to for more information.  Fall classes will be posted Aug. 1.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Needle-Felted Summer Flowers

My next needle-felting class at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond, VA is next month.  We will be creating flowers to decorate your favorite summer hat!  This is a one-day class on July 19.  For registration information, hours, fee and directions go to:
Classes fill up, so sign up soon!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Felted Rug

What does one do when one's long weekend vacation will be a total wash-out, rain all the time?
Start an over-ambitious, large needle- and wet-felting project, like this wool area rug!

I had some wool batts made years ago from some sheep not particularly known for their fleece (but it was inexpensive!  And it wet-felts exceptionally well).  I made pre-felt in autumnal colors and cut out leaf shapes, making a stencil from a scan of my colored pencil drawing of sassafras leaves:

This project will take me ALL summer!
Keep needlin'!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Starting a Rug

I am starting a small area rug, using some deep brown felted batting I had made a few years ago.  I recently drew (using colored pencils) a loose circle of sassafras leaves in their autumn colors.  I thought  this might make a beginning pattern for an area rug (or wall hanging) repeating the circle swirl outward to the edges of the rug.  Here is the drawing:

Next, I scanned the drawing just to get some cut-out patterns for the leaves I would use.  Then, I made some pre-felt in autumnal colors and began to cut out the leaves, pictured below. 

Here are some of the cut out, pre-felt leaves.  The next step is to needle-felt them into place on the background, then begin wet felting.  I need to do much more work on this, so stay tuned for updates!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Fast Felting Fun

Like most felters, I often have bits and pieces of wool around after making a project, and I sure have a large scraps bag.  One thing to do with these bits, that is fun and fast, is to make wet-felted spheres.  What can you use these for?  Earrings, bracelets, necklaces and jewelry.  Because I often make felted flowers, these can also be the center of unopened peonies. With a little practice, you can make them egg-shaped for Easter decorations.

The steps:
1. Take a bunch of lose wool.  Lightly form it into a ball shape by rolling it between your palms.
2.  Wet the ball of wool with hot water, and add a tiny bit of dish soap.  Continue to roll the ball around.  It will feel loose and squashy at this point.
3. While it is still loose and squashy, check for cracks or fissures in the sphere and fill these in with some fresh wool. I just wrap the fresh strands around the sphere.
4. Continue rolling.  As the sphere firms up, apply greater pressure to make it quite firm.
5.  Rinse.

To make balls of the same (similar) size, select equal amounts of wool.  If the ball is too large, keep rolling.  Too small? Well, it is hard to add more wool once the ball is firm.  Keep trying, and you will get the hang of it.

Keep playing with wool!  You will learn a lot about it!

Friday, February 14, 2014

My Student's Lovely Work!

Some stunning work by my students in my recent "Needle Felting with
Botanical Subjects" class at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond,

Lovely work, Kay, Kathleen, Susan, Joan, Gail and Celeste! It was fun,
and I learned a lot from you!

Monday, February 10, 2014


Finally finished my trillium wall hanging!