Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Funky Needle Felting Tutorial from Robin Joy Andreae

Here's my much awaited tutorial video. I hope you find it helpful :-)


Linda Wenger said... [Reply]

I can't find your Funky Needle Felting tutorial. Nothing appears.
I would also like to ask how you got your fish to look so smooth. I want to make some tropical fish for our dry aquarium, and I don't want them to look fuzzy under the light.

Susan in California said... [Reply]

I can't see your video either. Will check back later.

Robin Andreae said... [Reply]

Hi Linda & Susan. I think the video is working now.
Linda, I sew silk gauze over the felt for my fishes and people.

Mary Anne Komar said... [Reply]

Dear Robin, you are an wonderful teacher, he is a sweetie! Do your wrists ever get tired? Thanks Robin and look forward to more little videos.

Linda Wenger said... [Reply]

@Robin Andreae
Thank you so much for your reply to my question.
I'd never heard of or thought of sewing gauze over felting, and I can't quite get my mind wrapped around it. What kind of thread do you use, and how do you manage to smooth it around the contours?

Robin Andreae said... [Reply]

Thank you, Mary Anne & Linda.
Linda, the silk gauze has a lot of give to it. So I cut the piece a bit smaller and stretch it over. I try to keep my seams hidden. I usually place them on fishes near the spine and around the gill coverings. I use just regular sewing thread. I try to get the color to match. I like to over dye the silk, too. It creates a depth in coloring.

Linda Wenger said... [Reply]

Robin, you're so nice to let me pick your brain like this!
I imagine the silk has a little sheen to it, so maybe that is all I'd need
I saw recently that a friend used paste food coloring and vinegar to dye some wool. Would that work on the silk? I've never done any dying. Is over-dying done after you sew it on? How would you handle fish of multiple colors?

Simone Palmer said... [Reply]

Sorry,I can't see the Video eather.

Robin Andreae said... [Reply]

Hi Linda. Any acid dye should work. I'm not too sure how color fast food coloring is, though.

Simone, I'm not sure why it isn't working. You can see it here, hopefully.