Felted Warrior Birdies

Some images from a new series of card-size images mounted on card stock.

The title — “Warrior Birdies” — combines a sense of mirth and grit — helpful qualities during this pandemic, a surreal chapter of life. Spending time evoking these gentle images has been a comfort to me, and I hope seeing them brings you comfort, too.

These have been a joy to craft. The birds sort of appear from pre-felts I’ve fabricated, cut and layered, and I add the details — and then they sort of come to life, each one with a different personality. I hope you enjoy the images. Some from this series will be for sale in a few weeks. I’ll post images at that time of the ones that are available. If you’d like info, please let me know via email: aspangborn@gmail.com. Thank you!

Published in: on September 11, 2020 at 9:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

Felted Cards Kit

fullsizeoutput_3058An array of materials and Instructions.  Please send me a message or an email (aspangborn@gmail.com)  if you’d like to know about availability of Felted Card Kits and get on an emailing list for updates.

6O6dczx+QHGyHBixiQSDjgThe first (bottom) layer, 11″ x 20 ” to create yardage for at least 5 cards, made from a carded batt with merino and silk and other soft fiber, very thinly placed in overlapping wisps.

tkzODxenQyONwzY6rg2jFwThe middle layer, again very thin, placed perpendicular to the bottom layer.  Merino top in different colors, some CVM roving, and some Harlequin fleece, for variety in color and texture that will influence the surface.

G7ghlg6tTmq%6gPQxotUDwThe top layer, a combo of batt, fleece, and merino top, placed thinly and perpendicular to the middle layer.  As I place fiber I’m thinking about how I want the edges to look, and how each layer might influence the others.

fullsizeoutput_3057Still dry, surface design in place for 9 cards, with silk fibers and fabrics, snippets of my pre-felt yardage, various kinds of curly wool locks, some of my hand-spun yarn.  I’ve used very subtle wisps of merino fiber on top of the surface design elements here and there to “veil” them and help them adhere: wool felts to wool, so sandwiching surface design elements between some wool is a way to insure that careful placement will stay in place.

iS9Hg7p+Qv++Jm4nAqRJdwCovered the yardage with a screen, wet it with soap solution, pressed it down, removed the screen, and gently rubbed the entire surface until the elements started to adhere.  I also made a little roller from a separate piece of bubble wrap, rolling it up jelly roll style with the bubbles side up and securing both ends with string — I rolled this little textured roller on the surface to further coax the surface elements to bond.  Once they seemed semi-attached, I rolled up the yardage in the larger bubble wrap and secured it with stocking leg ties, as shown in the image.

fullsizeoutput_305bThe yardage after felting.  Due to the thinness of the layout and minimal processing, the finished size is 11″ x 16″, a loss of just a few inches in length.  This yardage will be cut into card-size images, and any leftover bits will be used as pre-felts for future work.   I plan to add some embroidery and perhaps a bit of beading to some of the card images, and will post some of the finished cards.

 

Published in: on July 24, 2020 at 4:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

Felted Rose Pin Kits!

While at home during this challenging time of disruption, I’ve been crafting some kits for making felted rose pins, because I love the whole process and because others enjoy this peaceful and creative process, too.  The kits contain everything you need: all fibers, embellishments, beads, pin backs, bubble wrap and screening material; plus printed instructions and an emailed pictorial;  and I am available to help as needed via email.  Please email me at aspangborn@gmail.com for details.  Thank you!

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Published in: on April 22, 2020 at 2:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

“Rhubarb” Themed Felted Mat

Finished Mat…87146080_3142172649128521_5948999587267084288_n.jpgCarded Batt from which mat was crafted…

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Published in: on February 22, 2020 at 12:42 pm  Comments (2)  

Felted Reversible Scrunchable Cowl

mXG9AAe3RYOOQ%sCN5XjIQMade of soft and lofty Rambouillet, with silk fabrics and fibers, and little Blue-Faced Leicester curly locks; very light-weight, like a hug.

tPpK09OARyKCrFrbw1hSNQImage shows the cowl “un-scrunched” — but it’s very scrunchable!  A versatile and cozy seamless piece, it’s reversible, too; and can be cuffed to show felted dots and/or various surface embellishments on both sides.  Please send me an email (aspangborn@gmail.com) for more information.

Published in: on January 25, 2020 at 8:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

Felted Bookmarks

79088802_2961722207173567_4255237998108475392_n.jpgMerino, silk fibers and fabrics, lots of curly locks, and snippets of pre-felts I’ve made — assembled and wet-felted, then ironed flat; whimsical , softly glowing and soft as velvet; some for shops and some for gifts.

Published in: on December 5, 2019 at 2:44 am  Leave a Comment  

Mimosa Theme Nuno-Felted Scarf: Image of Completed Piece


A few folks have asked for some images of the completed “Mimosa” nuno-felted scarf. Here are some images. Enjoy, and happy felting!

Published in: on October 23, 2019 at 12:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

Winter Sky: Carded Batt for Art Yarn

Published in: on September 26, 2019 at 9:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

Felted Mat with Dots & Curly Wool Locks

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Published in: on August 29, 2019 at 9:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

Carded Batt Set for Spinning Art Yarn: Poodle Skirt Theme

A blend of merino, Cormo, silk fibers, and Cormo/BFL fleece; plus some silk fabric strips, the colors inspired by 1950’s fashion item: poodle skirts — to spin into art yarn.

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Published in: on May 20, 2019 at 10:05 pm  Leave a Comment