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

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.