Friday, December 28, 2007

Merry Christmas to ME!!!

Betz White, crafty rock star, recently came out with a new book on using felted wool. Of course, you probably all know this.

Did you know that if you purchase a book from her etsy shop, she will sign it for you?

This is going to be my first project to tackle. After all, I have a tween, and she has a head and a neck and could use a scoodie.

Come to think of it, I also have a head and a neck.

Actually, there are tons of great projects in this book! There is a messenger bag that I want to make, and of course I want to try a cupcake pincushion, and the list goes on. And, high on my list, so many of them are functional items. Things to use, things you need, things that you didn't know you needed until you cracked the binding on this book! Gorgeous pics, lots of eye candy, lots of great instruction!

A couple of months ago, I tried to felt some thrifted sweaters. I put them in the machine on SCALD for about an hour. Maybe two. Then I overdried them. And killed them. They should make excellent scouring pads to use on those stubborn pots and pans.

But I did have some pale pink wool coating that I didn't over-felt TOO much, and I saw a stuffie-type-tree, and tried to make one of my own.

(So sorry for the terrible picture of my little pink tree. This project is not in Betz's book. If it were, it would be much cuter. It would have garland and other cute things. I started this before I received Betz's book.)

The buttons are mostly vintage Mother-of-Pearl. I'm almost happy with it. I think if I have several more in varying sizes, it will be a much better display.

I'm going to start the hunt for materials for the scoodie immediately! Wheee!


Beadiful Things said...

Aw. I like your tree! You know, we tried making the ornaments from your earlier blog posts and I'm afraid they never really quite worked out (kept getting bald spots on the insides of the ornaments), but they adorn our tree nonetheless. I like felting and it's something I'd like to get into and learn about, but I'm just gonna have to wait until my life settles down a bit (read: until both my kids are in school full time). In the meantime, I'll continue to live vicariously through your craftiness!! :-)

Happy New Year, btw!

Betz White said...

nice tree! Glad you like the book. Be sure to send pics of any projects you do! pretty please!