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  • Cabled cushion « a life of fibre – Angela Barrow
    spare piece of yarn in a contrasting colour which you can thread though every few rows whilst the stitches are still on the needle If you then make a mistake you can then unravel the last few rows without it going further Although this was suggested for use with lace knitting it was extremely useful with cables Being a beginner with cables I couldn t always determine which way the stitches were twisting the lifline meant I could pick them up again all facing in the correct direction A favourite part of finishing a project is choosing buttons from Duttons for Buttons and I think these suit this project particularly well I have more of the black Jacob which I m knitting into a second cushion not a cable this time but still textured Tags cable cushion jacob knitting One Response to Cabled cushion Kate Sutcliffe says March 11 2016 at 9 30 pm Wow Love the cables well done you xxxx Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply Name required Mail will not be published required Website Subscribe to my blog Join my mailing list to receive latest workshop dates and felt news or My Flickr Photos Hints and Tips Tutorials Tutorial Felt cord making Tutorial 3D Pod Tutorial Nuno felt scarf Tutorial Trollen weaving Tutorial Seamless Felt Handbag Tutorial Seamless Felt Notebook Categories Book Review Curlew Diaries Featured Maker Felt United Felting General Metaphor past workshops Spinning tutorial Search blog Good stuff Andrea Graham Arlene s felt Attic 24 Cash en Els Clasheen Felt Alive Feuer und Wasser Fiona Duthie Foxglove Felts I live I love I craft I am me Irit Dulman LoveFibre Rabenfilz Renata Felt Studiofelter Tanglewood Thicket Terrie Kwong Threadborne Vilt a la kim Vital Temptation Wildy Woolly I m a member of Felting

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  • cable « a life of fibre – Angela Barrow
    the internet was to use a lifeline which is just a spare piece of yarn in a contrasting colour which you can thread though every few rows whilst the stitches are still on the needle If you then make a mistake you can then unravel the last few rows without it going further Although this was suggested for use with lace knitting it was extremely useful with cables Being a beginner with cables I couldn t always determine which way the stitches were twisting the lifline meant I could pick them up again all facing in the correct direction A favourite part of finishing a project is choosing buttons from Duttons for Buttons and I think these suit this project particularly well I have more of the black Jacob which I m knitting into a second cushion not a cable this time but still textured Tags cable cushion jacob knitting Posted in General 1 Comment Subscribe to my blog Join my mailing list to receive latest workshop dates and felt news or My Flickr Photos Hints and Tips Tutorials Tutorial Felt cord making Tutorial 3D Pod Tutorial Nuno felt scarf Tutorial Trollen weaving Tutorial Seamless Felt Handbag Tutorial Seamless Felt Notebook Categories Book Review Curlew Diaries Featured Maker Felt United Felting General Metaphor past workshops Spinning tutorial Search blog Good stuff Andrea Graham Arlene s felt Attic 24 Cash en Els Clasheen Felt Alive Feuer und Wasser Fiona Duthie Foxglove Felts I live I love I craft I am me Irit Dulman LoveFibre Rabenfilz Renata Felt Studiofelter Tanglewood Thicket Terrie Kwong Threadborne Vilt a la kim Vital Temptation Wildy Woolly I m a member of Felting and Needle Felting Forum Archive April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 Older entries April 2016 March 2016 February

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  • cushion « a life of fibre – Angela Barrow
    done in naturals I ve used white Cheviot Manx Loaghtan Black Welsh Mountain and grey Jacob all available from Adelaide Walker For someone who likes colour I ve surprised myself with how much I love this cushion cover Yes it s love love love Random shapes and sizes of pre felt again stitched with a very plain stitch in a soft grey wool yarn At one end of each stitch I ve added a french knot which has really brought the stitching to life It s added greatly to the decoration and is a bit like adding a wool bead it gives texture I ve also cut small discs of pre felt and appliqued them to the patches The photo above shows it ready for final felting I left the edges irregular as I thought I might cut it down later but again I ve left it irregular as it really seems to suit crazy patchwork Here it is after felting On this occasion I ve added stitching using embroidery thread in caramel dark brown and chestnut None of them are difficult stitches you don t need to be an accomplished embroiderer to achieve some pleasing results The edge is blanket stitched in a brown wool yarn It didn t look finished untilIi added the blanket stitch With so much going on elsewhere the edges looked too plain Still no buttons beads or fringing added but there s no reason not to except for the time it takes I d love to make more of these but not sure when I ll find the time at the moment There s something about adding stitch to my felt work that seems to slow the process down a little and yet the pleasure it gives is immense Tags crazy patchwork cushion Posted in Felting 3 Comments Patchwork and applique cushion 2 Monday October 7th 2013 I promised to show another cushion but what I m actually showing is one side of a cushion The other side is in natural colours and I should have photos for you tomorrow Meanwhile I began by randomly cutting up and stitching together various pieces of Merino pre felt part made felt in crazy patchwork style It s definitely a style where the more you put on the better it gets I ve not only chosen to show my stitching but also to use contrasting colours of wool yarn to stitch with to add to the general craziness The photo above shows it stitched and ready for final felting I ve cut out motifs and circles from past projects and appliqued them to the cushion You don t want to pull the stitching so tight you make the felt form ridges but it needs to be tight enough to stop the pieces separating during felting Some pre felts have patterns carded wool or plain colours and at least one has Ramie fibre added I made it larger than needed so I could cut a neat edge if

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  • jacob « a life of fibre – Angela Barrow
    meant I could pick them up again all facing in the correct direction A favourite part of finishing a project is choosing buttons from Duttons for Buttons and I think these suit this project particularly well I have more of the black Jacob which I m knitting into a second cushion not a cable this time but still textured Tags cable cushion jacob knitting Posted in General 1 Comment Jacob pot Friday January 20th 2012 Just before Christmas I was asked to make a pot in Jacob wool similar to the Devon one below Here it is Jacob wool tops with added Tussah silk fibres I can show you now because it won t spoil anyone s birthday surprise anymore Tags 3D wet felt handmade jacob Posted in Felting 1 Comment Little brown pot Sunday July 17th 2011 I m on a roll More felt made that I like oh so much it ll be hard to part with it In this pot I ve used grey Jacob fibres on the inside and black Jacob on the outside Yes I know it looks dark brown it is dark brown but in the sheep world black sheep are usually actually a very dark brown and not a true black Jacob is a British wool fibre that takes longer to felt than Merino but it has a lovely texture and the natural dark brown colour is lush The sheep themselves are mottled white brown black I adore the shape of this pot and have to admit to sitting cuddling it this morning You may have noticed that it has a glass inner I prefer to model my felt around glass or ceramic vases not because it gives a defined shape but because I can t bear to make vases that can t be used This way I can recycle pots and vases which have passed their best and upcycle them into a new usable art item Aren t the coloured curls gorgeous They re Blue Faced leicester Most people are familiar with Wensleydale or Teeswater curls which are much larger and longer but most have never used BFL fleece These have been hand dyed and I think they give fantastic texture without stealing the show as the bigger curls are wont to do Too good not to show them twice I ve heard rumours of these being available at a local supplier soon and will let you know if this happens I highly recommend giving them a go What s more they still have a lustre to them Tags 3D wet felt british wool handmade jacob vase vessel Posted in Felting 2 Comments Subscribe to my blog Join my mailing list to receive latest workshop dates and felt news or My Flickr Photos Hints and Tips Tutorials Tutorial Felt cord making Tutorial 3D Pod Tutorial Nuno felt scarf Tutorial Trollen weaving Tutorial Seamless Felt Handbag Tutorial Seamless Felt Notebook Categories Book Review Curlew Diaries Featured Maker Felt United Felting General Metaphor past

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  • knitting « a life of fibre – Angela Barrow
    yarn turned out more like arran than double knit so the finished scarf is a heavier version which I knitted on 5mm needles If I d remembered I would have measured it but I forgot Here it is being blocked Knitting not being my best skill I did struggle a little until I d got a couple of pattern repeats under my belt and I understood it a little better It looks lovely with my sheep shawl pin from Harry And it looks equally at home worn as a scarf rather than a wrap The back shot allows you to see the pattern fully A close up of the ends The best bit my friend really loves it and I feel inspired to do more knitting Tags finnish wool handspun knitting Posted in Spinning 2 Comments Meet Borge Friday December 26th 2014 A while ago I spun some Norwegian wool in grey white and a very dark brown I then spent some time pondering what to do with it and eventually it spoke to me it told me it wanted to be a bear I ve never knitted a bear before but an easy pattern from Jeni helped me on my way and I set to Knitting it hasn t been too difficult but I did have a little mishap with sewing up one of the legs with the result that Borge s right leg has a bit of a club paw Not sure what I did wrong but I m sure my great niece won t mind a bit The camera has picked out the eyes quite well but the truth was that the black eyes didn t stand out from the dark brown until I used the white to highlight them I m quite pleased with how the variegated wool has worked out too Borge has a dark stripe across his lower face which makes his muzzle stand out and stripes across his chest and tummy which make him look as though he s wearing a striped jumper Borge is far from perfect but is quite good for my first ever bear and I m pleased with him His name Norwegian of course just like the wool I used Tags bear knitting Posted in General 2 Comments My first shawl Thursday August 21st 2014 I ve had this yarn in my stash for a while it s one of my first handspun yarns that I thought was usable and is a green and turquoise Merino and silk blend Being an early yarn it definitely has areas which are thick or thin and even some which are over twisted but it was still usable and I had a goodly amount Initially I tried it on 4mm needles but the knitting was dense and didn t have the drape I was looking for so I restarted on 6mm needles which were much better especially when I encountered a thick bit The pattern is not a particularly difficult one in fact

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  • a life of fibre – Angela Barrow
    be a lot more of this in my textured vessels workshop on 30th April Tags texture vase vessel Posted in Felting No Comments Birthday garland February 20th 2016 At Christmas I like to make a garland for the house it s lovely to bring greenery and light into the house This year January felt quite grey so I thought it d be fun to have one for the January birthday we celebrate It was quite a simple affair made purely of ivy intertwined with a set of fairly lights A green garland wasn t enough though so I made an elephant garland with some of the lovely papers that my Daughter has amassed for her crafting Every elephant has different papers on each side and a different paper for it s ear Pink sequins for eyes It s a short crowded garland and I love it so much that it s still there even now long after the ivy garland faded Perhaps I ll leave it there until Easter and replace it with an Easter tree Tags elephant garland Posted in General No Comments Ruffle Scarf Workshop February 18th 2016 A week on Saturday the 27th February I ll be running the ruffle scarf workshop Due to illness I now have a couple of spaces available if anyone is interested Perhaps you d like to see what you d be making First sample is this scarf which I blogged about here I loved this one with the double ruffle and subtle grey and white colouring but yearned for something with a touch more colour Black Merino with fiery red oranges on the edge and down the cnetre I experimented by including some spots of pre felt If you saw my spotty table runner you ll know I cut a lot of prefelt circles so have plenty to play with on future projects Photos have been a few days in the waiting as it was sunny when the scarf was wet and wet when the scarf was dry Depending on how quickly you lay out you ll be able to make a single or double ruffle scarf Details and booking on my workshop page Tags ruffle scarf Posted in Felting No Comments Winter trees February 16th 2016 Recently I visited a local primary school to teach a group of nine year olds how to make felt The teacher had chosen the theme of winter trees and the kids set to with a will Not all of the pieces were captured in this shot but enough for you to see a good selection Only one person chose to do a complete silhouette and I really like the starkness of black on white There s something of an apple tree in this but actually it s a berried holly tree What impressed me was the use of different colours to add shading and life The pine tree was my favourite of the day it has real presence who wouldn t want to shelter

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  • Book Review « a life of fibre – Angela Barrow
    I have three When my Mum in law died I inherited a book on British breeds and their wools published in the 1970s by the British Wool Marketing Board BWMB It was very interesting and so I was pleased when I discovered that the BWMB had a new book available The book begins with background information on the history of wool role of the BWMB and classifications Beginning with the breeds producing fine wool it works it s way through each breed showing clear pictures of the sheep and the fleece It gives brief information on origins characteristics location and main uses It also covers handle colour fleece weight staple length and micron range I love this book it s so easy to use very simply and dearly laid out If you re interested in using British wool buy one now you won t regret it If you d like even more detailed information on the sheep you ll find a quick search on the internet will usually bring up a sheep breeders society with a wealth of information and photos I d also heard good things about the Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook so decided to obtain a copy of this too Not only does it cover sheep but it has information on goats alpacas llamas vicunas camels bison musk oxen yaks dog wolf cat and rabbits In all it covers more than 200 fibres It begins with background information explanations of systems for measuring fibres wool allergies and the marketplace It covers much the same information as the other book but has a more detail on breed backgrounds and uses for other sheep products e g cheese This has been written by spinners and contains information on fleece preparation dyeing spinning and uses in knitting crochet and weaving Not being felters it doesn t cover this aspect but is none the less very interesting For each breed there is a picture of raw wool clean wool spun wool and woven wool This doesn t only cover British sheep and has several breeds I d never even heard of before I ve used a number of the other fibres but didn t know a great deal about the animals and so have found this very useful I think it s a great book but if I had to have only one it d be the first one Perhaps I ll change my mind if I begin spinning Fortunately I don t have to choose Tags book review Posted in Book Review No Comments Book Review Monday May 16th 2011 Today s book is actually more of a booklet The Felt Industry by Peter Walter It s an A5 booklet packed full of information on the felt industry This is not a book for those looking for instruction on how to make felt or those looking for design inspiration Rather it s a book for those interested in knowing a little more about where felt came from how it was made

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  • Curlew Diaries « a life of fibre – Angela Barrow
    before Monday Posted in Curlew Diaries No Comments Moving on Tuesday May 26th 2009 I ve been quiet on the diary front but I have still been busy on Bart and trying to have a family life as well over the bank holiday Laying out the design took quite a long time because as you can see it is a large project Bart takes up most of these two tables During the laying out I decided that each flower should have yellow on it to help tie it together across the whole of Bart This was all very well and good but I didn t have sufficient yellow pre felt and had to make two more lots before I could continue felting and some green and some lilac Good job I d planned well not Bart matured during the design process and now has a hairy chest As I laid it out I had my first issue when I realised I d left the tree out which I had intended to embed between the layers Bart is such a strong shape that actually I began to think that it was probably for the best that it was omitted and that the more I pared the design back the better it would be A plainer stronger design would be more fitting with such a bold form Since then I ve been spending two to three hours a day rubbing all over to set the design in place When using pre felts it builds up the layers of fibres and that means lots more rubbing if you don t want the flowers to start lifting off when you begin rolling I d done a good job with the rubbing and I know this beacuse as soon as I did my first one hundred rolls the template began to buckle inside the fibres and it was time to cut it off Scary I cut the template in two and removed the plastic Imagine my distress when I discovered thin patches with the potential to become holes during the felting process If it had been a smaller project I would probably have risked it but I couldn t face it with Bart I d rather be safe than sorry This has meant me turning the felt inside out and adding extra fibres in the areas giving concern The two halves of Bart are now drying so that I can tack them together on him tomorrow Being dried first will allow me to control the weight of the fibres whilst I do the tacking after which I will then rub to felt the two halves securely together Troubles always begin when the felt comes off the resist it looks like Bart is no different to any other project Did I mention I m supposed to have him ready to hand over by next Monday Posted in Curlew Diaries No Comments Bartholomew Tuesday May 19th 2009 The chosen name is Bartholomew or Bart for short Sorry I can t remember who gave that suggestion but you know who you are well done Since Bart arrived I ve been doing a lot of thinking around the design and the practicality of felting him I had expected him to have legs and to felt those as well but the legs will be fitted later There may be a chance that he ll come back to me after his legs are fitted for me to felt them however it seems a slim chance given the timescales I ve spent about five hours so far carding fibres for the background felt and making pre felts part made felt for the motif Looking at the background colours I ve becomes uneasy about using the motif I designed last week and my gut feeling is that I should revert to a soft rounded flower shape Bart has such a strong shape in the form of his body that it really needs something different on him It was necessary to dye some more fibres and thanks to Yvonne for explaining that it was the use of magenta in the mix that caused my pink problem earlier Apparently it s a strong colour which is grabbed more quickly by the fibres and the blue is left behind at least I m not the only one it s happened to I ve also calculated the size of my resist for Bart and it will be huge 171cm from beak to tail and 89cm from head to undercarriage Bart will be the largest most oddly formed 3D shape I ve ever felted There s going to be fun ahead P S Katharine has confessed to crocheting a penguin holding a snowball and wearing a stripy hat To the right is a picture of Kate s crocheted guinea pig brilliant Posted in Curlew Diaries No Comments New arrival Friday May 15th 2009 I collected the curlew on Wednesday afternoon and thought if I held it you d get a better idea of the size of the bird As you can see he really is quite haughty and the names suggested so far include Bertie Dale Heath Julius Mooree Hector Bartholomew Cornelius and Dave There s still time to put forward your own suggestions I was disappointed to discover his legs will be added later as I d planned to felt those as well however it will make it easier to felt around Now I ve been able to take a good look at him I ve decided the best way to lay it out and achieve my design aspirations is to make it on one huge resist which I ll cut in half later and stitch back together on the bird This will ensure I obtain the flow and that colours don t look patchworked I ve also been working on the flower design to come up with my own stylised flower motif Initially I played around with a few traditional flower shapes but it wasn t

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