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Wednesday, 4 November 2009

WIYWW.....[what's in my workroom wednesday]


I have been asked to blog a little about what my embellisher does so [as it is what is on my work desk this morning] I thought today would be a good day. If any of you has done hand felting this just does the same only much quicker and of course it only does flat felting and wont make the little teddies I make by hand. There are no needles to thread as none are used.







The machine has 5 very sharp barbed needles that push fibres from the fabrics/wool used through into the material below. On the outward stroke the needles just slide out as the barbs only point downward so these fibres are left in the material. This locks the two fabrics together and no sewing is required. Natural fabrics lock together best but it claims it can be used on most fabrics and trial and error teaches you which are best to use...I'm still learning. The effects are amazing. You can use fabrics, wool rovings and threads so it's possible to 'paint' pictures in threads.
I was bought 2 amazing books for my birthday and these have inspired both Twiglet and myself to explore the possibilities. We are really loving every minute of our Monday fun days.




For those who have asked to see my little hand felted bears they have all gathered on my ironing board for a photo shoot. Several have already found new homes and at time of publishing this blog these are waiting for new adoptive parents. I never make two exactly the same but if I sell one that is really wanted I am happy to make a similar one. Just shout. :-)
n.b. these were not made on the machine as their tummies were just too fat to fit under the needles :-)


p.s. Oops, as Elizabethd pointed out, I have not put the price of my bears.....they sell for £10 each and average about 3" sitting height. They are keepsakes/collectables and unsuitable for children to play with. They are made from wool rovings, details are stitched on after making and they have beads for eyes. Please email me if you are interested in adopting one.
p.p.s. They are all house trained :-)

17 comments:

Twiglet said...

I love those bears - bet they loved posing on that warm ironing board!

Elizabethd said...

They do look sweet! But you didnt put prices??

Wipso said...

Oops sorry Elizabethd. My little hand felted bears sell for £10 each. A x

her at home said...

That is amamzing Wipso now I really want one of those, better add it to my long list!! Love the bears too and very good value!I haev a friend who makes felted sheep from rovings so I know how much work goes into them!!

bayou said...

WOW! What an artist you are! I would like to lift my finger for the pink one, please with the butterfly. I'll meet you in the armchair, ok?

Julia Dunnit said...

Other peoples WOYWWs are just too interesting. That machine is amazing, even if a little scary to me!! The Hug of teddies, assembled for a photo shoot - too too adorable...the expressions on their little faces..adorable. I don't even know what a roving is Wipso...

Yvonne said...

How fab are they .. little cutie teds. Just adore the faces, you are one talented lady!
Thanks so much for your comments, i think i will never come out when i go in , lol

Carmen said...

How gorgeous are those teddies. I still can't quite get my head round how it all works, you are a very talented lady. The doggy is my favourite I think :P

muddyboots said...

ooh, lovely, you don't do black & white cows do you?

Wipso said...

Hi Muddyboots....My motto is "I can do anything" so I will have a go at a cow and see how I get on. Watch this space :-) Do you want life like or a character cow?

Linda Elbourne said...

I love your desk and that machine is amazing ... I don't even know how to thread mine ... those bears look fab ... must have taken you ages and ages to house train them all!

LadyBug said...

OMG!!! what little sweetie they are!!! I love the paler blue sad one at the front. has anyone offered him a home yet? must email you!!!!! he needs to come and live with me! I'm sure I can hear him calling my name!

Wipso said...

LadyBug...noone has adopted him as yetand I have to admit he is one of my favourites. Look forward to getting your email. A x

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Oh they are absolutely gorgeous, soooo cute :) I have done hand felting (as well as having an embellisher) but am no good at doing figures :(
Anne xx

Kaz said...

Aawww those are just gorgeous, you're so clever. Lovely to have a description of what your machine does xx

Felted House said...

Thanks so much for posting about your embellisher - I'd heard of them but had no idea exactly how it worked!
And what lovely bears, they look great all sitting together.
Louisa xx

Calico Kate said...

They are lovely Wipso. I admire hugely your patience!
CKx