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17 Oct

Freebie Friday: Cobwebby Scarf

BOO!

Did I scare you? No? Well, maybe the Internet isn’t the most effective place to give a Halloween startle. But you know what is truly scary? The fact that we’re giving away this FREE PROJECT and you haven’t started it yet!

scarf closeup This short yet luxurious cowl-like scarf can be made as cobwebby as you like and will still keep you toasty-warm when there’s a chill in the air. The swirling flowery design is the same on both sides, so no need to worry about a spooky breeze turning it inside out.

This project is one of many found in Carnival of Feltmaking: Easy Techniques and 26 Colorful Projects for You and Your Home by Gillian Harris, inspiring you to capture the carnival atmosphere of bright colors and cheerful patterns with stylish felted projects. Gillian draws on inspiration from the carnival atmosphere, featuring a diverse range of 26 brilliant accessories and home items, like:

  • a plush rose-trimmed evening bag
  • a luminous eight-panel lampshade in a medley of patterns, accented with felted flowers and ribbons
  • a heavenly nuno-felted heart-shaped cushion
  • a dazzling tropical-inspired knitting needle case
  • variegated vintage-style plant baskets decorated with either a floral or oceanic pattern
  • a sweet and adorable strawberry deerstalker hat for baby

Plus, Carnival of Feltmaking contains an overview of equipment and materials, and step-by-step breakdowns with close-up photographs of all the major techniques used in the book, including wet felting, 3D felting, needle felting, fine cobweb felting, and more.

The exuberant projects in this book showcase Gillian’s vibrant style and creativity, making this is an excellent resource for both newcomers and more-experienced fiber crafters looking for exciting inspiration.

And this isn’t the first time we’ve featured cool felting projects! Discover how to make Fabric Pumpkins , a Needle-Felted Pig, and a stylish Spectacle Glasses Case in case you missed these posts the first time around.

And be sure to check back here on Sunday, when we’ll be giving away 20 copies of Carnival of Feltmaking. Or if you just can’t wait, buy a copy now!

 Carnival of Felting

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5 Aug

How-To Tuesday: Needle-Felted Pig

I am not the craftiest of crafty individuals. My skills with a needle are typically limited to my ability to hold still during my annual blood donation. But once in a while a new craft comes along that challenges me to up my game. I present to you: needle felting!

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This technique involves sculpting shapes from unspun wool by manipulating the fibers with a special needle until they interlock and become dense. There’s really no limit to the cute little treats, animals, plants, and toys you can create by jab-jab-jabbing at some wool for less than an hour.

I decided to make a tiny pink pig with the materials I had on hand. It seemed like the easiest project for a beginner like me, since it only requires two colors of wool.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 felting needle (these are  sharp, barbed blades that you can find at a craft store)
  • 1 toothpick (for holding the wool in place to spare your fingers!)
  • 1 foam cushion (to use as a workspace and to absorb the needle jabs)
  • wool roving in various colors (pink and dark brown for my piglet)

What to do:

Tear off enough felt to make the pig’s body, and roll it into a loose ball with your hand. Then take your felting needle and poke at it repeatedly. You’ll notice that the longer you jab at it, the tighter the fibers become.

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Once you’ve needled the body, it’s time to make its little snout! Tear off a small piece of wool and press it against the larger piece using your toothpick. Jab at it until it sticks, and then needle it into a snout shape. photo 3photo 4

Next, make his eyes! Tear off the tiniest two pieces of dark brown or black wool, pin them to the body, and keep on jabbin’. (Definitely use your toothpick for this–your fingers will want to get in the way.)

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The ears can be a little challenging because you need two pieces of felt that are roughly the same size. So, rather than pulling off two pieces of felt, I just pulled off one piece and split it in half. Then I did the same thing I did for the eyes.

And voilà! What do you think of this little guy? He’s not the prettiest pig at the party, but he’s mine all mine.

That'll do, pig.

Want more felting ideas? Buy Carnival of Feltmaking by Gillian Harris at your favorite retailer.

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CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING Thursday morning, Astoria, Queens. Accessorizing with a lovely temporary floral tattoo she learned to make from DIY Temporary Tattoos: Draw It, Print It, Ink It by Pepper Baldwin!

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

Father's Day is less than three weeks away -- Sunday, June 19th in the U.S. -- just enough time to start prepping for what would make dear old pops feel loved....What dad, what MAN, wouldn't want to get a bright red tool box full of homemade BBQ, bacon, and chili flavored chocolate? Or a handmade Paracord hammock? Does he play golf?--hand dipped tees? Does he like to hike? Enjoy nature and the great outdoors? How about homemade beef jerky? Or does he enjoy watching sports--Remote Control Cookie? What about beer? One of the coolest new items coming out of Japan is a Frozen Beer Slushy Maker by Kirin Ichiban that perfectly pairs with the DIY black and tan soap! Scroll and click for more homemade DIY Father's Day gift ideas sure to make pappy happy! Hashtag #SMPCRAFT #DIYFATHERSDAY!

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