Thursday, February 16, 2012
Guess what goes *click?*
My Big Black Beautiful Camera, charged and loaded! That's what.
Yes! After weeks of going around in circles trying to figure out where I left the charger for my camera, I finally discovered it at the bottom of an overnight bag. Where did I go overnight in the last month? (Don't worry.. that is a rhetorical question.)
Thank you for wishing the charger back home in my arms. And Miriam, I promise to remain on the look out for your wanderers. It was almost (almost) to the point where I was going to just order another one, and I even scared myself with the prices, looking online. Then I thought of one more seemingly unusual place to dig around, and thank goodness, there it was. Anyway, I will spare you all the details of my leaping elation, and ear to ear grins of finding-joy.
Do you know what else *clicks*?
Answer: me and wool.
We're in love.
Uh-huh. And we're gonna get married.
But we are having a long and romantic affair.
I felt I should share this with everyone, because being in love with wool is grand!
Back in November I hinted at my new romance with wool, and all the fun we were getting into, like making bracelets, and the felting balls, and soap. I'd long heard of something called needle felting, but it wasn't until about two weeks ago that needle felting and I discovered each other. Now I am even more woolly, woolly in love!
I found a seven dollar kit at the craft store. It included wool batting, a foam pad, two needles, and a 4x6 cut of wool with a printed butterfly, with simple directions. Because I was unsure of how difficult this craft might be, I thought the kit was an affordable, possibly helpful, way to get my feet wet.
Needle felting is super easy, people!
Probably you already knew this.
But if you have ever wondered, then trust me: it is not difficult!
I whipped through the butterfly, and Maria punched needles into the roving, too, and in no time at all we had a decent looking, fluffy butterfly. So then I sketched a gnome onto some cheapy acrylic felt I had in the stash. I was hesitant to trust my amateur skills on real wool. The gnome is felted with real wool, but on an acrylic base. He's about the size of a playing card. It took about... an hour? Maybe. I was so meditatively blissed, I hardly noticed the time.
Maria and I both fell in love, and Suki joined us, too. She made a huge starfish bow. Maria started the Benjamin square, the one I went overboard helping her with. It does take patience to complete an image, and get the wool strongly attached and felted. She and I have both been poked, once each. No tears. It's no less an issue than any other sewing, I guess, but I wouldn't do either without paying close attention to what I am doing.
I like making small images, because it seems easier making small projects of them. I am not sure what I would do with a 12X18 felted daisy. Actually, I am not sure what to do with a wallet sized daisy field.
My button closure won't hold this bag closed as well as it does on the smaller coin purses I made. Also, I really ought to adopt advance planning and design skills, since I don't know what is going to fit in here... just a scant bit narrow for crochet hooks... tiny oversights are disappointing. But. I am not crushed. Just eager to try again, play some more...
A Valentine gift for Maria... a little bunny coin purse. It will hold love notes and treasures, and remind her of our dear Joe.
All wool. No more acrylic. Wool feels so good, and it is easy to work with. I've been using discount bin scraps, and I found some shrunk-felted thrift shop sweaters, too. Those will be re-purposed soon! The wool holds warmth, and has a sturdyness that is really nice. Did I mention? It feels good.
This one is for me. Just little scraps and found bits. It only takes the littlest bits of wool roving to make a whoo friend.
Inside I keep all my important cards and id. I do have to remember not to shove this in the pockets of my jeans. The wool felting does get roughed up. Maybe I need to felt it better, or maybe I just need to be a kinder, gentler wool carrier.
Buttons, crochet, hand-stitching, wool and felting... all of it together, for me to play with, and my camera charged and ready, so I can share the fun?! This is a happy affair, indeed.