At the textile fair I picked up a few of these batts from Wingham Wool Works.  They are from Estonia and are the product of various sheep over there.    I have to say they make needle felting a great deal more fun than stabbing a ton of Merino roving.

This wool just goes quickly into shape and its just nice and fluffy and great to play with.

Sorry this is not a very good photo, I seem to have had trouble taking these, did some yesterday and they were just as bad!  But here you are, one little robin, bob bob bobbing along .   Here is a side view, the wings are not separate, I just used the needle to enhance the shape, quite a performance getting them the same size, but it was very enjoyable making this little bird.

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We have hair!

At last, we have hair!

I trundled off to the textile fair on Saturday – and Sunday for things I had forgotten – and bought my little witch some hair,  even the handbag has hair!

Now all she needs is some transport, still having problems with the brush end of the broom, but hopefully by this evening she will have a souped up  XKR of a broom!.

Sewn n’ stuffed!

At last I have finally sewn and stuffed this doll.  Actually this is the bit I hate most.  I have been trying very carefully not to catch the edge of the front in any of the seam.  It is impossible to pull them out when finished, and it looks dreadful too.  So today I punched 6 strands around the edge backwards, meaning that the loops were on the wrong side of the material.  Thinking I could sew right up next to them avoiding the actual loops on the doll, then when it was all sewn I could just pull the 6 strands out leaving a nice seam with no caught up loops.  Clear as mud – thought so.

Didn’t really work as it left quite a large white gap between the front of the doll and the backing material.  Pulled the 6 strands out, and it left some lovely holes for me to stitch in right next to the front loops.  Went crazy with the iron pushing the loops away from the holes and crossed my fingers So this is the back and you can just see right at the top a tiny little bit of white  where I have sewn the two pieces together.  I love the background material the little leaves are edged in gold, which I think is quite nice for this doll.  She also smells wonderful as around half her filling is lavender.

Little Miss Pumpkin Head

What do you think to this little lady ?  Do you think she needs hair, was thinking of green a la witch hair.

She is made out of merino roving, and started out as three pumpkins and then by accident I just piled them up on one another and Miss Pumpkin was born. So, what do you think, hair or not?

Oh she does have a pumpkin handbag, but not loaded the new pics yet, will do that when I have decided about hair.

Hi, well here is my new Klass and Gessmann weaving frame.

Looks good on the picture, wish it looked that good on my desk.  Unfortunately there were very little instructions that came with it, and this is the first time I have ever wanted to use something  like this.  Please can anyone help me? How do I warp it, what do I use to warp it?  Looks pretty simple on the picture, not so simple for the complete muppet who bought it – ie me! Looking forward to your suggestions…

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