Tag Archives: wool felt

Felt Valentines Mailbox Playset

22 Jan

What’s better than a love letter?

Felt Mailbox Tutorial

 If you’re not following the Imagine Our Life blog you are definitely missing out!

Stephanie has made this sweet little felt Valentine’s Day mailbox along with letters, velcro stamps and envelopes .

Photo provided by Imagine Our Life

All images copyright Imagine Our Life.

What an eye for detail! Best of all her pattern and full tutorial is free!

Send a little love this year with Imagine Our Life’s felt mailbox pattern and tutorial.

Happy Valentine’s Day

~Andie

American Felt and Craft

Felt Friday – Southwest Chic

30 Mar

After years of living in the southwest I can tell you some of the Southwest color schemes never take hold, that weird putty peachy color BLECCH. As the area becomes more metropolitan I have noticed a kind of Southwest Chic taking hold and thusly (yeah I totally just used that word for the first time ever) inspiration for this weeks Felt Friday!

Southwest Chic Felt

Big Apple, Hay Stack, Nutmeg, Sushi, and Antique White Felt

Succulent garden:

Big Apple, Hay Stack, Leather, Sushi, and Antique White

American Felt and Craft felt Friday wool felt southwest

Dusty Trail

Carmel, Big Apple, Sunshine, Autumn Leaves, Penny

Wool felt from American Felt and Craft  Southwest Chic

The New Southwest

Clockwise:  Marmalade, Chai, Slushie, Beet, Chocolate, Leather, Skating Pond, Penny, Hay Stack, Teal, Grey, Autumn Leaves, Egg Yolk, Granny Smith, Sunshine, Big Apple, Sushi, Auburn, Monarch Butterfly, Wedding Ring.

Wool felt  Southwest Botanical Garden colors

Desert Botanical Garden:

Raisin, Granny Smith, Auburn, Chai and Beet Wool felt sheets

Southern Sunset American Felt and Craft wool blend Felt

Southwest Sunset:

 Marmalade, Egg Yolk, Persimmon, Auburn, Big Apple

American Felt and Craft store ad

Looking for inspiration for upcoming Felt Fridays.

Any suggestions?

Happy Crafting

Andie

Fall is coming I swear! Fall felt craft roundup.

29 Aug

Chances are where you are it’s hot…really hot! But fear not fall is coming.

Get into a fall state of mind with these awesome autumn themed felt crafts.

The Salt Tree's wonderful felt pine cones.

http://salttree.blogspot.com/2011/06/felt-pinecone-tutorial-victor.html

She’s done them in two styles too, a girl after my own heart.

Felt Fall Leaves

These amazing leaves from Rosina {ROSY ~ POSY} made for her nature table, they have the names of the trees they came from right on them! TOO CUTE!

http://rosinahuber.blogspot.com/2010/10/felt-leaves-for-your-nature-table.html

I see some of these in my future, what a great idea and a fun way to teach your little one about native trees.  I also think they could make some really cool felt coasters.

felt owls

Jessica Levitt of Juicy Bits shares this these adorable felt owl ornaments.

http://juicy-bits.typepad.com/juicy_bits/2009/12/131-give-a-hoot-for-the-holidays.html

You had me at rick rack…

DIY Felt Acorns Tutorial

A beautifully shot tutorial for felt acorns from Jessica guest blogging for The Cake Blog.

http://www.thecakeblog.com/2010/09/felt-acorns-diy.html

A few wooden beads and felt owls with these guys could make an adorable fall garland.

Of course you know what happened the last time I made one of those

https://americanfeltandcraft.wordpress.com/2009/10/29/something-to-be-thankful-for/

For the record we kept the garland.

~ Hope this keeps the heat at bay Andie

Wool felt questions Part 3: The difference between wool felt and felted wool.

25 Aug

If you’ve just joined us it may benefit you to know we are on part 3 of our 5 part series covering the most common questions about wool felt, so far we’ve seen aflow chart, solved a mystery and today we witness a MURDER… bum bum bum!

Question 3:   What’s the difference between felted wool and wool felt?

Felt (a noun) is created by agitating fibers either by using barbed needles or by getting the fibers wet and tangling them into each other to make a nonwoven felt fabric. Non woven fabrics including felt are awesome because they require no seams and are as user friendly as a fabric can get.

Wool Felt begins the felting process as wool roving or batting. Felted wool starts the process as a wool or wool blend woven fabric.

To make something “felt” (a verb) or “felted” (an adjective) implies washing a pre-woven, or knitted, wool or wool blend fabric in hot water to agitate it and force the fibers to lock making it impossible to untangle or loosen the fibers. Felting the wool fibers will make them contract and give you a  thicker fabric than what you started with as well as a bubbly texture.

To make this even more clear I have volunteered my husbands dress pants for this assignment*

Dressedin WoolSuit Pants 2006 – 2011 –

 These amazing wool slacks lived an wonderful long life. Ahh the good times, here they are in all their pin-stripy glory, so full of hopes and dreams.

Rest in Projects, my wooly friend!According to their owner Pants assisted in many aspects of business. Without Pants many deals simply would not have been made! In a world filled with Saggy Pants, Skinny Jeans and Culottes, Mr. Pants stood out from the crowd, a beacon of professionalism in a seemingly increasingly ill fitting world. The Pants spirit will live on in the lives of felted wool items for years to come.

Warning the following are actual pictures of a crime against wool taking place you may wish to avert your eyes.

Pants murder

Actual Crime Scene Photos.

As you can see from these photos Pants put up quite a fight, but in the end he was no match for hot water and Tide with bleach alternative.

Here’s a 9″ x 12″ sheet I cut after the felting process was complete, as you can see the felted wool still frays easily this could be because of a low wool content or  they could use another trip or two through the wash cycle to really get the fibers to lock. 

The difference between wool felt and felted wool.

Your felted wool results may vary based on the way the material was woven, wool content, or water temperature.
Most felted wools will not fray along the edges, and felted items have a beautiful thick bubbly texture to them.
This texture is the main reason to “felt” an object rather than just starting with felt.

Sure felt snobs will argue that felted wool is not a true felt because it started out it’s life as a woven fabric rather than as wool roving or batting. But since I am the only felt freak you’re ever likely to meet  you have my permission to call it whatever you like.

On a related note, I finally got around to making that felt bird!

wool Felt bird

Thanks Pants!

* No actual usable pants were harmed in the making of this blog post. 

~Andie

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