Did you know conductive thread can be needle felted into wool?

I’d heard of sewing conductive thread into wearable electronics, and I go to Arduino/Pi Saturdays at Elite Innovations in Wilmington, NC, but I just learned we can snip up conductive thread and needle it into our roving or batts. Instructables has all sorts of DIY videos and patterns, including needle felting. Look for increasing, Instructables fiber art collections at WoolyBrain.

Be careful what you wish for…and how you ask for it

Jeff makes giant armatureI’m really happy that some friends from my favorite online needle felting group volunteered to test some new armature designs for us. I’ve also been working on a doll just for fun, to celebrate the season premiere of Jeff’s life-long favorite, Dr. Who.

Jeff, our armature maker, is very precise, and he researches and uses proper proportions when making a frame. We had a giggle this week when I miscommunicated my need for a body frame for (the 10th Doctor) David Tennant’s head.

I told him that Tennant is 6’1″ tall, and I showed him the head I’d already made. Proportionally correct, Jeff returned with a frame quite bigger than I expected!

Fortunately, our new horse prototypes will fit on a crafting table and are on their way to our volunteer needle felting experts for testing. Next test, a Pomeranian! It’s always so interesting to see how each animal has evolved differently or not. I’m saving images of armatures and skeletons on a Pinterest board for our reference and to share with you. Be sure to follow our boards and suggest your favorite needle sculpture pins.

Midsummer Meetup Planning

ewe and me felted sea starsWe had a terrific response to the release of our schedule for the second half of 2014. We added a short, late afternoon session to follow our usual mid-day Sunday gatherings, so that people with morning obligations or those who cannot make a three-hour meeting have another option. I was delighted to see that folks who signed up for the first session want to stay for the second.

Here is what we’ve planned so far:

August: (Mid-day) Beginning Needle Felting & (late-day) Needle Felted Bonsai and 3-D Landscapes

September: (Mid-day) Framing Fairy Stories (Armatures) & (late-day) Sea Softies

October: (Mid-day) Scary Softies and Felted Zombies

November: (Mid-day) Needle Felted Pumpkins and Gourds

December: (Mid-day) Advanced Needle Felting Reindeer

Helping Hands

needle felted hula dancerI tried out one of our people armatures today (it was taller than the one in the photo), needle sculpting my first human. Inspired by the leaf weavers seeking a Kiva loan I wanted to help fund (too late, but that’s good news, as it’s fully funded already), I decided to make a hula dancer with some pre-felt, also a new experience. I rushed a bit, so I am going to make another skirt with narrower fronds. The hardest part was the hands (don’t look closely), for which I really need to practice.

While I was searching for a link to the loan I wanted to fund, I ran across the video below that introduces the field partner, Negros Women for Tomorrow. This is also the group that assists many of the entrepreneurs which Guys Holding Fish help, since the field partner is located in the Philippines, which has a lot of fish-related small businesses.