the jerk of the felt berry world

Thejerk 

{Note:  Please read here before judging our nickname or questioning our animal love.}

Since learning the simple technique of making little felt berries on Saturday, I have done little else with my spare time.  Thoughts of hot soapy water and felt berries have been dancing around my head and I sit down with gramma's huge bag of raw wool every chance I get. 

I am quickly learning which wools work for this process and which ones do not.  I have some lovely dyed kid mohair that doesn't work, but I am hoping to add it to some needle-felted objects.  I would like to learn the technique of needle felting as well.  Can anyone recommend good, books, tools, or resources for such endeavors?  I would also love any ideas or uses you may have for my mohair!

While I sat creating more this afternoon, I remembered the wool lady at the local farmer's market telling me I could make yarn out of my dog's hair (who is some kind of long wire haired terrier also known as "the jerk") that swirls around my feet and gathers into drifts in the corners and chair legs.  So I grabbed some from the mound that I had swept up earlier in the day; adding a little alpaca fiber for good measure, and rolled up this little felt berry with attitude.  Anyone who has ever met Tinsel can tell you it is near exact likeness and sums up so much of his personality what with the jerk-like hairs sticking out stubbornly and the fact that since this picture was taken it has turned into more of a felt peanut.

Please share any felting wisdom you may have!

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6 Comments

  1. Posted December 14, 2009 at 4:43 pm by nicole | Permalink

    very green of you! my mom’s aunt used to make tree ornament animals every year using her dog’s hair/fur. what a funny memory!

  2. Posted December 14, 2009 at 6:23 pm by rae | Permalink

    i can show you some needle felting too…just the basics, but enough to get you playing!

  3. Posted December 14, 2009 at 8:29 pm by elizabeth ~ so wabi sabi | Permalink

    that’s being resourceful!
    I recommend getting some felting needles, some thick foam to serve as a work surface, and just start stabbing at it…the wool that is. oh yeah, have some band aids at hand too. have fun!

  4. Posted December 14, 2009 at 10:25 pm by Annette | Permalink

    OMG this is SO funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That unruly jerk ball! HAHAHAHA!

  5. Posted December 15, 2009 at 12:53 am by heather | Permalink

    i love your dog!

  6. Posted December 16, 2009 at 1:24 pm by Andrea Kidssweet | Permalink

    Thank you so much. I show the beautiful pendant you recently sent on my blog today. I’m wearing it as my lucky charm.
    http://escleali.blogspot.com/2009/12/creative-gifts.html

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