Walnut J Made Loom For Sale
Walnut J Made Loom, gently used. Asking $3,500, reasonable offers will be considered.
60” weaving width, 12 shafts, 2 beams, worm drive, raddle, piano style bench,
1 extra reed, weaving caddy, 2 leash sticks, 2 tie-on sticks
Buyer must pick up in Nacogdoghes, TX or pay for shipping.
Contact Patricia Day
512 858 4319
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I have been doing quite a bit of felting lately. I have been making some larger art pieces using a wet felting method and then adding detail and embellishing with needle felting. I find it to be quite strenuous on my hands and thought that I should investigate electric needle felting and embellishing machines. My budget doesn’t quite allow me to spend a huge amount of money right now, and also lack of storage and table space for yet another sewing machine led me to look at smaller hand held alternatives. I did some research but there doesn’t seem to be a lot of options available. I did find a Simplicity hand held needle felting machine that I hoped might work. I looked on YouTube and read reviews but again, didn’t find a lot of helpful information about this product.
But then I thought it might be worth a try. It seems like a simple enough tool – it holds 6 felting needles that go up and down. Needle felting is as easy as that, so this might work. It is portable and you can use it by needle felting onto a foam backing the same way as in single needle felting which is what I was looking for.
I ordered it and it arrived promptly as Amazon products always do. The box contains the hot pink needle felting machine, a pair of tweezers and a small Alan key for undoing screws when you need to replace needles. It doesn’t come with replacement needles so I recommend that you order some extras at the same time.
I first tested the needle felting tool on a piece of wet felted fabric that I had made some time ago and now use for testing new bits of felting techniques. The machine is quite simple to operate. Place the needle head on the area you want to needle felt and press down. This activates the motor and the felting needles move up and down on the fabric, similarly to when you are needle felting by hand. There is a clear plastic guard around the needle so that you can avoid getting your fingers acupunctured.
The On/Off switch is conveniently located on the top of the handle so you can easily turn the motor on and off as you pick up the tool to felt. I recommend that you switch this to the OFF position every time you put the machine down, to avoid accidentally turning it on if you press on it in error.
I am planning on using this electric needle felter on my larger felt art pieces so wanted to give it a good test run to see how it works before I use it on my other work.
I decided to see if it could be used to make a flat piece of felt from wool roving.
I laid out a thin layer of wool roving onto the felting foam vertically from top to bottom.
Then I laid a second layer horizontally above the first layer.
The third layer was again placed vertically.
I began to needle felt across the piece, gently pressing down and lifting the needle felter up to move to the next section.
I turned the piece over and felted the other side.
Then turned it over again and refelted with the needle felter.
I repeated this a few times until I got an even finish across the piece.
Then I added some additional bits of green merino wool to create the grasses in the picture.
To make the flowers, I used hand spun wool yarn and shaped these into a flower shape and lightly needle felted over these before placing them onto the picture. I continued to use the felter to fix these in place.
Though Simplicity really should have come up with a better colour than hot pink, I think this is a good product and I would recommend it if you are wanting to do some small needle felting work. Because it is a hand held piece of equipment I would think it doesn’t have a very powerful motor so would not be able to handle larger pieces of work. It seems to get a bit warm during use, so could possibly overheat if used for too long at a time. I recommend using it for about 15-20 minutes at a time and then turning it off to cool down. By then your hands should have a rest as well.
US: Boye Simplicity Electric Hand Held Felting Machine
US: Simplicity Felting Machine Needles
UK: Simplicity Hand Held Felting Machine
UK: Simplicity Felting Machine Needles
Etsy: Sami Felt Art – The Sun
I have recently become more active in promoting my hand crafted products and am using the online shops of Etsy and Folksy.
I have had Etsy and Folksy shops for some time now, but didn’t have a lot of products displayed on them, partly because I have also been working at a ‘real job’ so haven’t had a lot of time to devote to crafting. And also I didn’t realize that the number of items listed in your shop affects how many visitors you get.
I thought I would do a bit of research on how to succeed with Etsy/Folksy so did some reading. The advice that most sellers tell you is that you need to have a full shop. When you think about it, no one likes to go to a store where the shelves are empty. You turn around and walk back out rather than staying to browse.
The same principle applies to online shopping. So how many items do you need to set up a successful Etsy shop? The magic number from what I have analyzed is about 100 items. Activity starts to pick up at around 50 items.
For some time I had around 20-30 items listed in my shops, and had steady trickles of sales. Once I realized that more product is needed, I got busy and bumped up my work to about 50. I quickly noticed that I was getting more visitors, more enquiries and more sales. I am working my way up to the 100 item goal now.
The other important point is to not spread your products over too many categories until you have enough of each type of item to do so. When you set up your listings and organize them into Sections (Etsy) or Collections (Folksy) try to have enough items to fill up the page. If you haven’t yet made enough products then combine items into related Sections until you create more products.
Take good quality photos and size them correctly. Take photos in natural light or near a window. Take more than one photo of your product from different angles so that visitors can get a good idea of what you are selling.
The recommended pixel size for images for Etsy is 800 – 1000 pixels wide. Try to make the first image in your listing square, so that it displays correctly in thumbnails and your product doesn’t get cropped.
If you have the time, get involved in helping promote others in the Etsy/Folksy communities. What makes this type of marketing work, is people helping each other to succeed.
One way to do this is to create a Treasury List of your own. As you browse through Etsy and find things that you like, help to promote them by adding them to your Treasury list. Try to think of a theme for your list and a catchy title. You will need to include 16 items to your list.
Treasury lists are only active for a few days and then are replaced with other content.
If your products are successful in getting into someone’s Treasury do acknowledge it and thank them for adding you. If you have a blog add a link to their page so that you can promote their work as well.
Here is a Treasury List that I created recently.
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Here are a few Treasury Lists that I have been on recently.
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Wet felting with wool is so versatile. With a bit of wool, a length of bubble wrap, a spray bottle, some soap and water, you can make just about anything you can imagine. You can make boot liners, slippers, hats, pillows or a piece of artwork you can hang on your wall.
I use merino wool or corriedale for most of my felting work because I find that it felts quite quickly and evenly. I add other types of wool, silk, alpaca for added texture and colour.
To make a felted picture, the process is quite simple, though a bit time consuming.
Start by making a flat piece of wool felt. Put a large towel onto the surface of the table you will be working on. Using white merino wool, I lay down 3 layers of wool evenly across a length of bubble wrap. Gently pull the roving apart into short pieces. Lay these on the bubble wrap, overlapping each row of wool locks by about a third. Make sure that each layer is placed in the opposite direction to the previous layer so that the wool locks cross each other and intersect. I generally start by placing a layer from the top to the bottom. The second layer side to side, from the left to the right. And the third layer, working from the bottom to the top. Wool felt will shrink about 20-30 percent so make this piece larger than what you would like your finished project to be.
After the 3 base layers have been laid in place, fill the spray bottle with warm water and a bit of dish soap. Spray the wool lightly with the soapy water. Place another piece of bubble wrap over the damp wool and gently press down on the wool and rub it with your fingers and palm of your hand for about a minute. This will allow the sopay water to soak into the wool. Now carefully remove the top layer of bubble wrap. The white wool should be a bit flattened and slightly damp. This will make it easier to lay your picture onto the top surface of the wool roving.
To make a picture I start by drawing a cartoon on paper. I refer to this as I am ‘painting’ with the dyed wools.
I lay down the basic landscape of the picture using dyed wools, the sky, the land, the river, the grass. I make sure that all the white wool from the previous layers is all covered and isn’t showing.
The finer details, the houses and the boat will be added later. Now it is time to wet felt the piece. I spray a generous amount of soapy water onto the felt picture. Lay down the second piece of bubble wrap onto the wool and gently press it down with the palm of your hands.
Carefully roll up the wool in the bubble wrap into a tube and roll this back and forth with your hands for about 2 minutes. Then gently unroll the wool package and straighten out the wool felt. Then roll it back up again in a different direction and roll some more. The wool will move around as you are felting, so you will need to unroll it every few minutes to move it back into shape.
Keep rolling and rewinding for about 1/2 an hour, checking every few minutes. You will see when the wool starts to felt and the fibres will bind and come together. When the felt is at a stage where the fibres are staying in place and not shifting around, then it is time to take the wool felt to the sink.
Fill your kitchen sink with hot water and a bit of soap. Fill the second basin, or a large bowl with cold water.
Remove the wool felt from the bubble wrap and gently fold it into quarters. Then dip it into the hot water. Massage the wool in the hot water for about a minute. Squeeze out the excess water and then dip the wool into the cold water and squeeze out the excess water.
Unroll the wool and re-roll it in another direction. Put the wool felt back into the hot water and continue to massage and knead the wool. Then put it back into the cold water.
The action of the kneading, and the shock of the hot and cold water will begin to felt the wool. You will notice that the structure of the wool changes. It will start to harden and also to shrink in size.
Keep kneading, and dipping in hot and cold water. You will need to change the water in the sink a few times as it warms up or cools down.
Once you are happy with the amount that the wool has felted, roll it up in the towel and squeeze out the excess water. Then hang the felted piece up to dry.
Once the felt has dried, you can then add the details to your picture by needle felting the houses, the boats and other features onto your felted picture.
Once I have finished the needle felting, then I add windows, doors, accents and finer details to the design with hand and machine embroidery.
Facebook Event: Felting Workshop
Folksy: Cyprus Lighthouse
Etsy: Cyprus Lighthouse
More Felt Making Projects
How to Make Felt
Felted Cat Bed
Wet Felted Easter Eggs
Etsy: Sami Felt Art – The Sun
I got a hat block for Christmas – Lucky Me 🙂 This one is a cloche style of hat block made of styrofoam from Gillian Gladrag . These hat blocks come in 4 sizes:
|| 21 5/8
|| 6 7/8
|| 6 3/4
|| 22 1/2
|| 7 1/8
|| 23 1/4
|| 7 3/8
|| 7 1/4
|| 7 5/8
|| 7 1/2
Another good source for hat blocks.
Head and Hat Sizing
If you are not sure of your hat or head size, using a tape measure, measure around the circumference of your head. Place the tape measure across the widest part of your forehead, just above your eyebrows, around the tips of your ears and across the back of your head. Take the measurement with the tape measure snugly but comfortably around your head – not too tight, unless you like a very tight fitting hat. You may need a friend to help you with this.
The Punti measurement is half the circumference of the head, down one side – from the top of the ear to the centre of the head.
I am having fun experimenting with different methods of wet felting hats.
Wet Felted hat made with merino wool and alpaca.
Wet Felted hat made with merino wool and silk.
Here are some links for how-to instructions on making wet felted hats.
Wet Felted Vessel
Here are some detailed instructions for making a wet felted hat using a balloon as a hat form.
Instructions for how to felt a hat from Hat Shapers.
How to felt a hat using both needle and wet felting methods.
How to Wet Felt a Beret
Wool Felted Hats on Etsy
Wet Felted Cat Bed
Felted Posey Pot
Felted Easter Eggs
A few days ago, I was delighted to find this wonderful gift in the post. My friend Agathi the weaver, from Corfu, sent me this beautiful spindle. It is like the one that her mother used to spin fine yarns on. Agathis asked her son Mario to make it for me.
This is such a simple design, yet very functional and effective. I haven’t spun on this type of spindle before, so did a bit of how-to research.
Traditional Hand Weaving
A fascinating video of how to spin on a Greek or Russian style spindle. Rather than the method we are familiar with, of supporting the spindle on your lap or in a bowl, she holds the spindle off to the side of her lap as she spins.
(Start the video at about 2 minutes)
She holds the spindle at the top and twirls it in her fingers. The twist travels up the yarn to where she pinches the fibre that has been drafted. As the spin in the yarn builds up, she then winds the spun wool onto the spindle.
The video continues on to show a warping method of winding the warp onto pegs in the lawn.
I think it will take me a bit of practice before I can spin using this method, but am finding that supporting the spindle in a small bowl on my lap is quite easy to do. I think it would be lovely to also own a small bowl made of olive wood, to support the spindle. I must buy one when I next visit Corfu.
I started the spinning by attaching a leader thread of already pre-spun wool yarn to the base of the spindle. My spinning was quite thick, lumpy, bumpy at first, but with a bit of practice, it is getting better.
If you would like to own one of these spindles too – I am sure that her son Mario would be happy to make one for you.
Agathi doesn’t have a website, but you can contact her by snail mail or by phone.
Agathis Handmade Lace and Handcrafted Olivewood
phone: 26630 81315
Fleegle Spins on Russian Spindles
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Making a needle felted snowman is a good beginner needle felting project. You will learn how to form a ball using needle felting, how to make indents and shapes and how to join 2 needle felted pieces together.
Form a small ball with the roving.
Begin to needle felt the ball by poking the wool with the needle about 10-20 times.
Be very careful not to poke your fingers – it does hurt.
Rotate the wool ball about a 1/4 turn and continue to poke the wool.
Work your way around the whole ball, smoothing and shaping the wool as go around.
After you have worked your way around the ball a few times, the wool will start to harden and felt.
Hold the ball of wool in your hand and feel for any soft spots.
Needle felt these areas a bit more, so that the wool ball feels evenly felted around.
The wool will continue to harden and felt the more that you needle felt it.
Before it gets to a very hard stage – where it starts to get difficult to needle felt it any more – stop.
And make another slightly smaller ball for the head of the snowman.
When both balls have been needle felted but are still slightly soft and squishy you are going to join the 2 balls together by needle felting them at the neck of the snowman.
Put the 2 balls together, and needle felt them by poking the needle through both the head and the body.
This will joing the 2 parts together because the wool is being pushed through the head and into the body of the snowman.
Now it is time to form the face.
Needle felt small indentations for the eyes and mouth.
Take a very small strand of black wool roving for the eyes and form a small ball in your fingers.
Needle felt the eye into the indentation in the wool.
Do the same for the other eye and the mouth.
Make slightly larger indentations into the body of the snowman for the buttons.
Using black wool, form small balls for the buttons and needle felt these into the body.
Crochet a small hat with fine wool yarn.
Attach this to the snowman’s head by needle felting it into place.
Crochet a small scarf and attach this by needle felting it around the snowman’s neck.
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Needle Felted Ornaments
Felted Posey Pot
Wet Felted Eggs
I have been doing a study on Sami braid weaving and I noticed that the ends of the heddle woven braids are often finished with a simple braid technique of finger weaving or open braiding the ends. These types of braids are also used for belts, ties and bracelets and are traditional in Finland and other Nordic countries.
I thought that using bobbin lace bobbins for holding the warp threads would be a suitable way to weave this type of braid.
To weave a 2 yard length of braid I started with 3 yard length of warp yarn in 8 strands.
I attached the ends to the top of an art board with a jumbo paper clip to hold the braid in place while I weave.
I wound each yarn length around the neck of a bobbin.
This is a very simple twill type of weave that makes a flat braid, much like a shoe lace. I will be using this braid for lacing a pair of hand felted wool slippers.
Working from the Left to the right
Take the first warp yarn (your working yarn) on the left and weave it Over the next 2 warp threads
Then weave the working yarn Under the next 2 warp yarns
Then weave the working yarn Over the next warp yarn
Then weave the working yarn under the last 2 warp yarns.
Tighten the tension
Repeat the above sequence again starting from the left, weaving to the right.
Weaving Sami Braids- Video
Double Hole Rigid Heddle Weaving
Bobbin Lace Weaving
Beginner Saami Pickup Band Weaving Learn the basics of how to weave pickup using a Beaivi double hole rigid heddle loom.
Warp a Beaivi Loom Workshop Learn how to warp a Beaivi loom and how to weave pickup patterns.
Saami Music – Itunes
Binna Banna – Kikki Aikio
Áphi (Wide As Oceans) – Sofia Jannok
Ulda – Ulla Pirttijärvi & Ulda
The Kautokeino Rebellion (Music from the Movie) – Herman Rundberg, Mari Boine & Svein Schultz
Beaivi, Áhcázan (The Sun, My Father) – Nils-Aslak Valkeapää
This page last edited on February 29, 2016
by Paivi Suomi
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