August 1

Try This – Dimensional Needle Felting

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Did you guess what this was going to be?  It’s an owl.

During the month of July, my “Try This” posts have featured kits.  Last week, I didn’t get my project finished, so this week I’m wrapping it up.

I don’t know if there are many things cuter than needle felted figures.  This kit is from Dimensions.

The kit includes molds, stencils, wool roving, a felting needle and pad and instructions.

The first step is to make the body.  This is done with the body stencil and the body mold.

You use the body stencil to get the basic shape and the body mold to get a perfectly formed body.

 

Stencils are also used to create the wings, feet and tail.

The two body sections are felted together.

The face and tummy felt is applied, along with the the wings and tail.

Other details are added…

and you’re done!  To me, needle felting isn’t difficult, but it is time consuming.  If you’d like to give needle felting a try but don’t know where to start, I’d highly recommend one of these kits.

Daily Inspiration

 

If one could make alive again for other people some cobwebbed skein of old dead intrigues and breathe breath and character into dead names and stiff portraits.  That is history to me!

George Macaulay Trevelyan

About the photo (taken July 30)…This old farmhouse sits just outside Fulton, Indiana, on State Road 25.  I pass it on my way to visit my daughter at Purdue University.  Situated on a rise with farm fields all around, it’s been for sale since she started at Purdue three years ago.  If I had a money tree, I’d buy this old beauty, fix it up and live peacefully and quietly in the country.

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July 25

Try This – It’s A Mystery

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Try as I might to finish, I started this week’s “Try This” project too late.  So, I’ll give you a peek.  Can you guess what it’s going to be?

Daily Inspiration

 

One of the greatest labor-saving inventions of today is tomorrow.

Vincent T. Foss

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July 18

Try This – Needlepoint Kit

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This month, I’m trying out some kits.  I spotted these Stitch & Zip kits and was intrigued.

The kit includes the printed canvas Stitch & Zip coin purse, floss, a needle and instructions.

What makes the kit super cool…no finishing required. 

Simply unzip, stitch and zip.

When you’ve finished stitching, the remaining canvas can be trimmed to 1/4-inch from the seam.  I’m thinking about stitching a piece of fabric to the  underside, so I didn’t trim my canvas.

 

The stitching caused the canvas to distort…just a little.  I’m considering “blocking” it to straighten it out.  I thought this kit was awesome.  Easy, beautiful and useful.

Daily Inspiration

 

Creativity is intelligence having fun.

Albert Einstein

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July 11

Try This – Embroidery Kit

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My July “Try This ” posts will feature kits.  I don’t buy a lot of kits, but every once in a while I see something tempting.  Dimensions has a line of these cute little kits, and I’ve wanted to try one.

The kit includes printed background fabric and shapes, die cut felt shapes, cotton thread, a needle and instructions.

This is a nice kit for any skill level.  The instructions are clear, well illustrated and easy to follow.

It uses four stitches…the back stitch, the running stitch, the buttonhole stitch and the french knot. 

The only thing I didn’t like was that the printed background and the printed shapes were on aida cloth, which has a loose weave and is often used for counted cross stitch.  I found it frayed easily and was difficult to sew through.

I easily finished this kit in an evening.  It is bright, cute and has a lot of interesting texture.

Daily Inspiration

 

All works of love are works of peace.

Mother Teresa

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July 4

Try This – Needle Felting Kit

 

For July, my “Try This ” posts will feature kits.  I don’t buy a lot of kits, but every once in a while I see something I can’t resist.  I’m starting with a little needle felting kit from Feltworks.  The lure of this kit was the 97¢ price tag.

The great thing about kits…they usually include everything you need, which makes them a great way to try something new without spending a ton of money on supplies that you may or may not use.

This kit includes a white piece of felt printed with a flower, white and black roving, a foam block and two felting needles.

Begin by placing the white felt on top of the foam block.  Then, place a piece of the wool roving in an area and push the felting needle straight down through the roving and into the foam block.

 

Continue poking the needle in and out of the roving until it is attached.

I filled in all the black spaces first.  I didn’t finish this project.  I’ll keep working on it and  show you the final product next Monday.

Because I own a large needle felting mat, I used that.  It is much nicer to use than the little foam block.

Last week, I finished up a month of making flowers.  One of the flowers I demonstrated was the folded petal flower.  Lynne, of Dip-Dip and The Bridge, made one of these flowers as a pin for one of her outfits.  Didn’t it turn out beautiful?  Thank you, Lynne, for sending me this picture to share!

Daily Inspiration

 

The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one’s country deep enough to call her to a higher plain.
 
George McGovern

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June 27

Try This – Flower Centers

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This is one of my favorite steps in making flowers…adding the centers.  Here are just a few ideas for flower centers.

 

Buttons

 

Yo-Yos

 

Another Flower

 

Jewelry

 

Pom Poms

 

Beads

 Daily Inspiration

 

People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.

Iris Murdoch

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June 20

Try This – Melted Petal Flower

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This month, I’m making flowers and showing you how special they can look, made out of different materials.  This week, is a little different; I’m making flowers and “melting” the petals.  You can use this technique on a variety of flower patterns as long as you’re using a synthetic fabric that melts.  Here’s the basic idea:

1.  For this flower, I used organza.  I cut 2 pieces 4″ x 4″, 2 pieces 3″ x 3″, and 2 pieces 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″.  You don’t have to be super precise in your measurements.  I used dark pink for the large squares, light pink for the medium squares and white for the small squares. 

2.  Fold the individual squares of organza into quarters, then fold each quarter in half diagonally.  Cut a deep curve across the open end.

3.  Open each piece to reveal a rough flower shape. 

4.  To melt the edges, I used a votive candle in a votive cup.  Make sure you have water on hand, in case of fire.  I made mine by the kitchen sink.  Carefully hold the edge of the organza flower piece towards the flame.  As it gets close to the heat, the edge of the fabric will start to melt and curl up.  Continue around the entire flower piece.  Go slowly and practice on a few scraps of organza first, to get the feel of the technique.

5.  Stack the flower pieces on top of one another, the smallest on top.  To hold the stack together, make a small tacking stitch in the center through all the layers. 

6.  Isn’t that a lovely little flower and fun technique?  I made two flowers to show you how each is unique.

This is a different pattern using satin, but same technique.

This carnation is made with organza.  Luvleescrappin has a great video on how to make this flower.

Next week, I’ll take all the flowers I made in June and add centers.

Daily Inspiration

 

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

Pablo Picasso

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June 13

Try This – Folded Petal Flower

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This month, I’m making flowers and showing you how special they can look, made out of different materials.  This week, a folded petal flower.  This is a fun and easy flower to make.  You may recognize some similarities to last week’s 5 petal flower.

Start by cutting out 5 circles.

To make a petal, fold a circle in half, then in half again.  To secure the petal, you can use fabric glue or make a small tacking stitch.  Make four petals.

Glue the petal wedges on to the fifth circle.  That’s it!  This would make a wonderful embellishment to anything that is handled because it has a nice sturdiness.  Here’s what it looks like, made from other materials.

Cotton

 

Netting (this flower has 8 petals)

 

Fleece

 

Vinyl

Since you’ll be able to see both sides of the material on each petal, make sure you like the effect.

I’ll be adding “centers” to all my flowers during the final week in June.  Something to consider when deciding whether to use glue or a tacking stitch to secure your petals…If you use a tacking stitch, your center will need to be large enough to cover the stitches.

Daily Inspiration

 

 A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.

Lao Tzu

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June 6

Try This – 5 Petal Flower

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Every month, I pick a theme and then post projects every Wednesday that you may want to try.  This month, I have a hankering to make flowers.  I’m always delighted to see how different materials make the same pattern look so different..  So, that is the theme for June…one pattern using different materials.

This week, I’m making a 5 petal flower.

 

Start by cutting out 5 circles.  To make the petals, fold the circle in half, then in half again.

Sew a running stitch along the curved edge and gather.  Knot-off the petal and make the next petal without cutting the thread. 

 

When you have all the petals complete, sew them together  to form the flower.  Now, let’s take a look at this flower in different fabrics.

Flannel

 

Cotton

 

Novelty Fabric

 

Silky Fabric

 

Chiffon

I’ll play around with flower centers during the final week of June.

Daily Inspiration

 

 If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.

David Carradine

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May 30

Try This – More Flower Loom Weaving

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This is the final week of flower loom flowers.  I found this wonderful website, Knitting-and.com, that had a ton of ideas for the flower loom.

I decided to try my hand at more woven flowers.  These were time-consuming, but enjoyable to make (once I got the hang of it).  They are nice to work on while watching television.

I think I’ll enjoy my flower loom for years to come.  I’m surprised at all the different flowers you can make.

Daily Inspiration

 

I don’t like standard beauty – there is no beauty without strangeness.

Karl Lagerfeld

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