That felty feeling…

Morning!

Following on from yesterday’s post about some of the random things I’ve been trying my hand at lately, here are a couple more…

Firstly, teeny tiny bunting. It really is tiny too! The triangles were cut from 4mm thick 100% wool felt, and the letters needled felted on in merino wool. I then hand stitched each triangle onto baker’s twine:

  
I made this to decorate the packaging for my nephews 1st birthday present – here it is on the parcel:

  
Fiddly to make, but possibly something I could develop and include in my shop…!

And next, those of you that follow my alter ego on Twitter may recognise this little fellow:

  
He’s my avator, and I’ve grown very attached to him! He developed from this little doodle:
  
I decided to try and bring him to life in felt – again I used thick 100% wool felt, lightly stuffed his body, and needled felted his eyes and nose (and a tiny tail):
  
He’s now a permanent feature on my bag, and matches my phone case (which I had made by one of those online places – pricey, but I love having one of my own designs protecting my phone!):

  
I’d like to perfect his design and add a range to my shop – probably a teensy bit smaller – here are a few more animals I’ve doodled in the same style that would all work well in felt:

   
     So, who knows what noofings will pop up in my Etsy shop over the coming months…? 🙂

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The Craftbritannia sales fairy swap 2012!

Hallo people!

That clever old Rachel Elliot (aka FlyingCheeseToastie) came up with a rather good idea for a team challenge a while back. Us Craftbritannia bunch on Etsy are forever going on about the elusive Sales Fairy, and when one of us is lucky enough to be paid a visit by said Fairy (ie we sell something), we tend to shower our other teamies in Sales Fairy Dust in the hope that she’ll pay a visit to them too! Anyway, Rachel suggested we all make our own interpretation of a Sales Fairy, send them off to her, then she’ll randomly allocate a Fairy to each teamie and send them on. So todays wee bloglett is about the one I made…

It’s not a fairy.

The fact that it’s not a fairy can be blamed on Rachel for using the word ‘totem‘ in her brief, and Carrie for inventing the Lurker Stick (I think it was Carrie!). The Lurker Stick is a virtual stick that can be poked into corners to coax out buyers that may be hiding.

I’ll just pause here to say that us Craftbritannia lot are really quite sane and normal, despite how this sounds…

So, I wanted to make a sort of totemy-stick thing, but had no idea how or out of what. The idea came all of a sudden one Saturday afternoon, so I pootled down to the local hardware store, bought some dowl (which the nice man cut into bits for me), some double-sided sticky tape (all those childhood years of watching Blue Peter finally paid off!) then ran home as fast as I could and got started…

First I wrapped the stick in double-sided tape, and grabbed me a fibre thread pack from SpinningStreak





The next step was to peel off the coating on the tape and start wrapping the fibres round the stick…





…until I ended up with wooly-coated stick with dangly bits of spare thread at one end…





Now I was stuck. I knew I wanted dangly jingly bits, but wasn’t sure what to do next. Then Sir Terry Pratchett came to the rescue… Pratchett fans amongst you will know that good old song “A wizard’s staff has a knob on the end” – so what else could I do but attach a knob! I needle-felted a ball of merino, then wrapped it in some beautiful vegetarian silk from Sassalynne





Then I added some embellishments to the knob *snigger* (sorry!), threaded scrummy handmade paper beads from DesiredThings and little howlite skulls from BeadsYouNeed onto the remaining dangly threads and tied a little silver bell on to the end of each one…





And here’s the finished doodad!





All that remained was to write out the instructions… (thanks Rachel for this piccie! And I’ve just noticed I can’t spell ‘incredible‘!)





…then send it on its way!

After a few days, all the Craftbritannia Sales Fairies had arrived at Rachel’s place and were having a massive party…





…and now us CB teamies sit back and wait to receive our randomly picked Fairy, which all being well will bring us lots of luck on the sales front!

Massive thanks to Rachel for such a fab team challenge idea! I enjoyed myself hugely making mine – those of you that are familiar with the items in my shop will see my creation was… er… nothing like the sort of things I usually make, so thanks again Rachel for poking my old grey matter to come up with something different! And of course, massive thanks to everyone else who’s taken part in this challenge – hasn’t it been fun?! Hurrah for Team CB!

More pictures of all the Fairies can be seen on Rachel’s Facebook page.

So, there you have it!

I wonder which one I’ll get back?

Stupidbirds?

Oh deary deary me, it’s been an absolute age since I blogged – naughty stupidcats!

Things have been rather busy of late, amongst other things I applied for a new job (eeek, scarey!), got an interview for the new job (oooooh, even scarier!) and then… GOT THE JOB! I started it 3 weeks ago and am absolutely loving it… I might have to blog about it another time!

But before that, I’d like to share some of my latest noofings with you. The lovely CariadClay recently asked me if I could make her a little owl brooch, so I created a little grey hooty-beauty for her, and have since sold 3 more! Hurrah! Thanks CariadClay!

Since then I’ve also made a wee bluebird, and today I finished and listed a little snowy owl – here they are, hope you like ’em!

needle felted owls and birds

You can see the above items perched on shelves in my store here:

Tiny grey owl brooch
Tiny bluebird brooch
Tiny snowy owl brooch

That’s all for now, thanks for reading! x

Noofings and a busy weekend for Craftbritannia!

‘Allo everyone!

I’m getting rather excited – bought a felt-making book ‘cos I want to have a go at wet felting but wasn’t quite sure where to start – it arrived yesterday, and now I’m DESPERATE to have a go! Have to get a few minor bits of kit first though, bah!

I also received some 4mm thick 100% wool felt squares I’d ordered to have a play with – here’s the result:

I cut the keyrings and motifs from the thick felt, then needlefelted the motifs on each side, so they’re the same on both sides. Oh yes, I’ve also been playing another new thing – rivet pliers, yay!

On another subject, it’s been a busy weekend for the Craftbritannia team on Etsy – we started a
BNR
on Friday night, and it’s still going! 74 sales and counting! It’s open until tonight, so you still have plenty of time to join in if you like – or just stop by to chat!

That’s all for now! Maybe next time I’ll have my first attempts at wet felting to show you… squeeeeeee!