Friday, April 11, 2014

Preparing A Quilt For Dowel Hanging Tutorial by Debbie Bohringer of Inspired Creations By D

Have you always wanted to learn how to hang your handmade wall art quilt using dowels. Well, Debbie Bohringer of Inspired Creations By D has a wonderful tutorial showing you how. Enjoy!


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Sunday, April 06, 2014

Framing A Wall Art Quilt Tutorial By Debbie Bohringer of Inspired Creations By D

Have you always wanted to learn how to frame a beautiful wall art quilt? If you have then you'll be happy to know that Debbie Bohringer of Inspired Creations By D has a wonderful tutorial on her blog showing you how.  Enjoy!


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Copyright © 2011 -2014 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Debbie Bohringer of Inspired Creations By D,  Rock Garden Alpacas, and Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber. Debbie is a quilt maker, quilt pattern designer and alpaca farmer. http://inspiredcreationsbyd.blogspot.com/  Please visit her Inspired Creations By D Etsy Shoppe at https://www.etsy.com/shop/debbiebohringer .

Friday, April 04, 2014

How I Made My Needle Felted White and Multi-Colored White/Burgundy Rose Pictures by Linda Walsh of Linda Walsh Originals


Since my pink and multi-colored purple roses had come out so well I decided to create an all white rose and multi-colored white/burgundy rose using some of my sister's alpaca, Sunflower's beautiful white roving.


As I was used to the rose mold by now I had no problem putting the white rose together except I was still breaking needles. The needle felting needles do tend to break very, very easily. I ended up going through 2 more needles before I was finished with all my roses. If you're going to embark on a needle felting adventure be sure to buy lots, and lots of replacement needles as you are going to need them.


My sister and I had bought some 6" by 8" unfinished picture frames with 3 1/2" by 5 1/2" picture opening that I thought would look nice when finished with my white rose and multi-colored white/burgundy rose.  Once again,  I had decided that gluing them within the picture frame area and having them projecting out of the frame would be a nice way to finish these roses.

For these two roses, however, I wanted them to appear to be long stemmed roses so I needed to create a long needle felted stem for each.

I pulled a 6" long and 1" wide piece of the green felting that I was using for this particular rose's leaves and using the pen style needle felting tool and needle felting mat just kept rolling it and felting the green roving until I had a long stem about 5" long and about 1/2" wide that was pretty dense. Using the single needle felt needle I felted the leaves I had created for this rose to the left and right sides of the middle of the stem until they were secure and then I felted the top of the stem to the back of the white rose.

I thought my needle felted white rose would look nice with a light blue felt backing and complementary blue sponged frame so I painted the frame first with light blue acrylic paint and then sponge painted it with a combination of medium blue, lilac, yellow, and white acrylic paint.  Then I applied one coat of varnish.

I added the light blue felt backing and a small amount of batting to the 3 1/2" by 5 1/2" picture opening as backing for my rose and then hot glued my rose to the felt.


I was so pleased with the way the white rose came out that I decided to use Sunflower's white roving and some nice  burgundy colored roving I had previously bought to create a multi-colored burgundy and white rose.


I used the other 6" by 8" unfinished picture frame with 3 1/2" by 5 1/2" picture opening that I had bought for my multi-colored white/burgundy rose. Once again, I had decided that gluing it within the picture frame area and having it project out of the frame would be a nice way to finish this rose.

However, I wanted this rose to be more festive for the upcoming Christmas holiday season. So, I decided to back this long stemmed rose with dark red felt and finish the frame with holiday colors.

I pulled a 6" long and 1" wide piece of the dark olive green felting that I was using for this particular rose's leaves and using the pen style needle felting tool and needle felting mat just kept rolling it and felting the dark olive green roving until I had a long stem about 5" long and about 1/2" wide that was pretty dense. Using the single needle felt needle I felted the leaves I had created for this rose to the left and right sides of the middle of the stem until they were secure and then I felted the top of the stem to the back of the multi-colored white/burgundy rose.

I thought my needle felted multi-colored white/burgundy rose would look nice with a dark red felt backing and complementary dark red sponged frame so I painted the frame first with dark red acrylic paint and then sponge painted it with a combination of burgundy, Christmas green, Christmas red, and white acrylic paint. Then I applied one coat of varnish.

I added the dark red felt backing and a small amount of batting to the 3 1/2" by 5 1/2" picture opening as backing for my rose and then hot glued my rose to the felt.


I like how they both long stemmed roses turned out and will probably create some more of the roses as the mold is really easy to use and adding the long stem was just a matter of rolling and felting the roving. Once you get the hang of it that is pretty easy to do as well.


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Needle Felted Pink Rose and Multi-Colored Purple Rose Mini Pictures by Linda Walsh Of Linda Walsh Originals


Before my sister's visit for our needle felting craft adventure I had decided to buy some of the Clover needle felting applique molds I had previously seen.  One of the molds I had bought was the Clover Applique Mold, Rose Design.

While my sister was working on her free style needle felted landscape design I decided to try creating a pink rose using the rose mold.

The mold contained two large front and back sheets with instructions.  The two sheets looked a little cumbersome at first until I realized there were different languages on each sheet.  So, I had to find the English section.  While I can understand the cost effectiveness of doing this it's not the most user friendly approach and makes the instructions seem way too complicated.

One of the large sheets also contained basic punching text and pictorial information for the various sizes and pieces of their molds and how to use them with the roving which I found to be very helpful.

The instructions for using the particular mold were of a text and pictorial nature and once I found the English version they were easy to follow.  They recommended in the instructions using their molds with the Clover Pen Style Needle Felting Tool and either the Clover Felting Needle Mat Small or the Clover Felting Needle Mat Large.

I soon realized that some of the pieces of the the molds were pretty tiny so only the single felting needle or Clover Pen Style Needle Felting Tool would work. I had previously bought a large foam felting block but soon realized that the molds did work the best with the Clover Felting Needle Mat Large.

I had no problem putting the pink rose together except I quickly found out that the needles for the Clover Pen Style Needle Felting Tool break very, very easily.  I ended up going through 4 needles before I was finished with all my flowers.  If you're going to embark on a needle felting adventure be sure to buy lots, and lots of replacement needles as you are going to need them.


Wednesday, April 02, 2014

How I Made My Dimensions Needle Felted Snowman Kit - Article By Linda Walsh of Linda Walsh Originals



When my sister came to visit last year one of our objectives was to learn as much as we could about needle felting and working with roving.

I had bought two mini roving kits from Dimensions. One Dimensions Needlecrafts Needle Felted Character Kit, Snowman for making a snowman (shown above) and Dimensions Needlecrafts Needle Felted Character Kit, Penguin for making a penguin (also shown above) that I thought would be a good introduction into working with the fiber so we started there.

We just wanted to get the feel of the fiber and how easy or hard it would be to work with before we embarked on our free style hand creations and working with the molds we had bought. I took the snowman and my sister took the penguin.

The snowman was a no felting mold necessary kit that came with the wool roving (white, black, orange, and blue), felting needle, felting mat, embroidery needle, thread and step-by-step instructions.  It called for twigs for arms which were not included.

The instructions were easy to follow and warned that the single felting needle was sharp, which it certainly was as evidenced by the two photo's below where it actually drew blood on my finger.  This is definitely not a kit or craft for small children.  The needles are just to sharp and when you prick yourself it really hurts.

Basically, the idea was to form three felted balls for the snowman and felt the three balls together.  To felt the balls you rolled the white roving into a small ball using the guide they provided for their size and kept inserting the single felting needle into the ball until it was firm, round and the size required.  This is accomplished by holding the roving in your fingers and inserting the single felting needle into the roving while trying not to prick yourself or inserting the roving into the felting while rolling the ball on the enclosed foam board.  Again, the objective is to not prick your fingers which is easier said than done.



To felt the balls together you keep inserting the single felting needle through the top ball into the ball below it until the roving is felted together and will not pull apart. It's quite amazing how strong the roving gets and how well weaved it is when you've done this.


The next step was to form the orange carrot nose using the roving provided and trying not to prick yourself. I ended up creating several noses before I got one small enough to fit my snowman's head. Then you position the nose on the face and using the single felting needle gently felt the nose into the white roving of the head.

After this they wanted you to thread the needle and embroidery floss to create the snowman's eyes and mouth. I opted instead to roll tiny balls of the black roving and then gently needle felt them into the head for his eyes and mouth. I thought this would look better than the thread.

Next they wanted you to roll the black felt between your fingers to create two tiny buttons for his chest and then needle felt them into the middle ball. I created three black balls for this and needle felted two into the middle ball for his chest and one in the center of the bottom ball.


The blue ear muffs came next. Again, you rolled the blue roving into a small ball the size shown on the snowman pattern and needle felted them until they were firm. I pricked my fingers several times doing this.

Once they were firm the instructions were to needle felt them into the sides of the head for the ear muffs.


Following this the instructions called for using the enclosed embroidery floss to create the ear muffs band.  I opted instead to roll and needle felt the blue roving until I got a flat band that was long enough for the band. Then I gently needle felted the ends of the band into the top sides of the ear muffs that I had already felted onto his head.

The pattern suggested using twigs for the arms and gluing them to the sides for arms. I opted to use small cinnamon sticks for my snowman's arms and glued them into the sides for arms.


I was pleased with how my needle felted snowman came out.  It didn't look exactly like the Dimensions picture, but it looked good none the less and I was happy with it.


Both my sister and I felt that the two Dimensions kits were a good introduction into needle felting, getting used to using the needle, and working with roving. Everything came with the kit so there was no need to buy anything else just to give needle felting a try.

As mentioned, my sister needle felted the penguin from the Dimensions Needlecrafts Needle Felted Character Kit, Penguin (also shown above) so she'll have to blog about her experience with that.

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Dyeing Alpaca Fiber & Roving and Creating Carded Alpaca Fiber Batts by Linda Walsh of Linda Walsh Originals


I have been in love with needle felting creations like art dolls since they started becoming more and more popular several years ago. And, when my sister became an alpaca farmer I was definitely smitten. I LOVE fiber - especially alpaca fiber.

My sister who is Debbie Bohringer of Inspired Creations By D, Rock Garden Alpacas and Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber has been teasing me with fiber surprises all year. Several times now when checking the mail  hubby has brought in a package in from my sister. The packages are usually filled to the brim. When you open them they literally explode with the fiber trying to get out.

The last package she sent contained a wonderful selection of alpaca fiber she had hand dyed. They looked so pretty in the package. Almost too pretty to use...

So, when planning my trip to Rock Garden Alpacas and Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber last month she told me I was going to learn how to dye roving and washed fiber and learn how to create carded batts. If you don't know what carded batts are they are lengths and widths of fiber produced on a drum carding machine like my sister's which is shown below:


You can card natural washed fibers alone or in a combination of natural colors, card dyed fibers alone or in a combination of dyed colors, or add various other fibers like Angelina silk to natural or dyed fibers. The possibilities seem endless.

We decided to set several days aside for dying and carding our fibers. I should say we set several days aside to play and have fun. And, have fun we did.

I do not profess to be an expert on dying alpaca fiber & roving and creating carded alpaca fiber batts. The following is nothing more than a general summary of what we did and not intended to be a detailed tutorial on dyeing and carding.

When carding and dyeing fiber the first step is to process the raw fiber which involves picking vegetable matter like hay out, cleaning, and washing the fiber. Luckily for me my sister had already done that with several huge piles of alpaca fiber so we didn't have to do that.

Next on the list was to decide what colors we wanted to create and which dyes we were going to use. I was eager to create a flesh color for use in making my needle felted art dolls. My sister and I had gone to a fiber show in October and for the life of me we couldn't find flesh colored fiber at any of the booths so she was determined that we were going to dye our own when I came to visit.


My sister likes to dye her fiber using the microwave method. Suffice to say there are many ways to dye your fiber. Which you choose is strictly up to you.  The microwave method my sister used was easy to do and was very manageable. Once we decided the colors we wanted to create, the dyes and fibers we were going to use to create our colors we were all set.

The first step was to decide on the type and amount of fiber we were going to dye and then weigh it so we had an exact amount to use for the amount of dye we were going to use.  Then we immersed it in a pan of hot water.  As we were going to be dyeing several colors we decided to immerse enough fiber in the hot water so that we could split it into groups of four.

The next step was to measure the dye powder and dump it into squeezable containers that we could add water to. Once the dye powder was mixed with the water we squirted a small amount from one of the squeezable containers into the bottom of a small microwaveable container with a breathable lid and then added our measured wet fiber on top. We squirted the remainder of the dye onto the fiber until it was evenly spread and used tongs to turn the fiber over until the dye was evenly dispersed.  We did this for all the different fibers we were going to dye.

Next up was to microwave the fiber several times for a few minutes each time. We allowed for cooling time in between each of the cooking intervals and checked on the progress after each interval. The idea was for the liquid to go clear. However, depending on the dyes used my sister told me this doesn't always occur. If the liquid doesn't go clear you can always experiment with it an use it with other fibers you want to dye. Needless to say this takes a lot of time.

Once the fiber is dyed and strained you need to put it on a screen to dry. This also takes a lot of time and requires space to do this -  especially if you're doing it in your house.

We ended up with 12 different dyed colors of the washed alpaca fiber some using a basic dye powder color and some using a combination of several dye powders. We were trying different types of dyes and fibers to get the flesh colored fiber we wanted.




We had also decided to dye some roving and used a drying rack to dry the long roving strips.


Every few hours we'd fluff and turn the fibers so they'd dry evenly and gently pulled the roving apart so it would dry evenly as well. It's really quite amazing how a small wet pile of fiber turns into an enormous pile of dry fiber.

After our fibers had dried our next step was to process them using my sister's drum carder. We decided to process the purple fibers we had dyed first.


My sister likes to spread the fibers out on the input tray first and then slowly feed them into the carder.





Once the fibers have been processed through the carder you use a hook to gently cut the fiber and then slowly remove it from the drum.


My sister likes to process her fibers twice through the carder so we separated the first group into three long sections and slowly fed them through the carder again.


The end result was a wonderful thick batt of purple fiber.


As we were experimenting we decided to add some pink Angelina fibers to some of the purple fiber we had set aside from the first pass through the carder and slowly fed the combination through the carder for the second pass.




The end result was a beautiful purple fiber with speckles of pink glitter.

We continued creating our batts and combination batts until we had processed all the fiber we had dyed. It took a while to do all this but the end result was several wonderful batts of fiber to use.

And, best of all - out of our three attempts at different fibers and different dyes or combination of dyes we were able to achieve getting the flesh color for my art dolls. Needless to say I was a happy camper.


We had a wonderful time dyeing our fiber and creating our batts. Some of the colors worked out really well and some didn't work as well as we had hoped. However, that's the fun part of experimenting isn't it?

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