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.

We’re now in Wilmington!

It’s been a busy and fun couple of weeks since we moved from Durham to Wilmington, NC. We’ve met really interesting people at Cape Fear Games, Elite Innovations, the Community Action Center, meetups, and at the Shire of Seareach, SCA, demonstration (shown below).

SCA Chainmail Demo

We’ve also set up some of our own meetups. Instead of creating another needle felting meetup, I’ll be adding these events to our Costuming, Cosplay, and LARP meetup, since felting is an ancient fiber craft that will fit in nicely with our SCA and LARP activities. You can find all our Wilmington events, and others we like, on Nettie’s Shared Calendar for Nerds and Newcomers.

September 1, 2015, our new Etsy store will officially open and offer needle felting supplies and tools, since we seek the best prices for ourselves and hope to pass on the savings to fellow artists. Please visit us and let us know if you have questions or suggestions.

Happy Felting!

Building a dinosaur armature

We’ve merged our news section with our new, tiny tool library blog, since we also carry needle felting tools to skillshares; however, this is still the best place for a few works-in-progress, and we had the perfect opportunity this month. I’ve been really busy sculpting a few Halloween pieces, so I couldn’t build anything for our monthly needle felting exchange and decided to ask Jeff to make an armature to contribute, so I could still participate in a small way. Jo T., the recipient, left the choice (this month’s theme is dinosaurs) up to Jeff, and he decided to make a triceratops, his first dinosaur armature. As you can see below, he’s designing it as he goes. There just wasn’t enough space and pulled wire for all those ribs 🙂

Triceratops armature work in progress

Needlefelted Autumn Cottage Lantern

We are soon visiting my parents to celebrate my dad’s birthday, and I made a lantern for my mother. We started out using our regular, 14-gauge, aluminum fencing wire, but then Jeff had the idea to use a mini (7.5 oz) soda can. The pre-felt I had on hand turned out to be too thick for the haunted house effect I first had in mind, so I went with a warm, autumn cottage one. The LED candles are perfect for a gentle, glowing effect that can be seen in daylight. I’ll use thinner felt for the haunted house I want to show well in darker areas.

Needlefelt autumn cottage on can armature