Thursday, July 09, 2009

Needle felting is addicting!

We just received some beautiful needle felting scarf kits from Pagewood Farm. Barb and I saw them at TNNA and fell in love with them. Last night I took home the "Reds" to give it a try. Inside the kit are instructions, a gorgeous silk scarf, and lots of fibery goodness they call "tinkerbell fluff." It looks like this:
Mmmm. Pretty. I grabbed a Clover Felting Mat and another Clover Felting Needle Tool (one of the girls broke mine a couple of months ago - whoops!) and after dinner gave it a try. It's really fun, and completely addicting!
I was worried about poking those needles into that lovely silk, but that's what you have to do to get the fibers to adhere to it. The directions even say to needle felt onto the parts of the silk that have no fibers - this gives a "faux nuno" appearance of crinkled silk. And it's lovely!
I don't think you have to be super artistic to make this scarf come out looking wonderful. I was worried at first about placement of the "fluff" but after a while I just started throwing it on the silk in a less contrived manner.
I stayed up WAY too late to finish this scarf. But I was having so much fun, and there's another project I want to start tonight, so I pushed myself to the end. I know it doesn't look like I'm having fun here, but exhaustion was starting to set in! And I went for another 2 hours after this! I think the overall time it took was about 4.5-5 hours. But look at the finished product. Totally worth it! We have 8 colorways in stock now, and we are already reordering since they take 4-6 weeks to get.

1 comment: said...

Saw the scarf at KY--picture does not do it credit. Colors are absolutely gorgeous, looks like it was well worth your staying up late!