It all began when I decided I wanted a tribal-belly-dance-style headdress to wear to the Barefoot Dance… on the day of the Barefoot dance! So of course being me, I made one for myself with what I had to hand, which was some bits of felt, funky buttons and beads and some leftover ‘dreadlocky’ felting yarn! All this got stitched and tied together with thread and attached to a (now re-purposed) alice band. Whoo-Hoo: tribal headdress, funky felt style!And THEN, me and my Phoenix Crafts pal Cy went on a needle felting workshop with the brilliant Emma from Ffolky Felt, and we were hooked! (Or should that be ‘barbed’??). So I’d had this idea to make a mermaid headdress for my dance pal M., and this was my first go at a flower for it, made at the workshopHow cool is that?? – BUT, a bit on the big side and a tad heavy for the alice band. So I came up with this insteadand THEN, I bought a hot glue gun, and life has never been the same! Here’s the finished Mermaid HeaddressI’ve been on a roll ever since! I made one for another friend who asked for lime green and turquoise. I had some beautiful wool felt I got at last year’s Quilt Festival in those EXACT colours, plus some sparkly turquoise beads found in a charity shop for 50pI absolutely LOVE making these! They are so much fun to do and to wear! I made myself a MoonFlower headdress next (modelled here by Cuddles the Tiger), to go with my Velvet Party fRock. The flowers are a combination of shapes cut from home-made wet felt & wool felt sheets and needle felted pieces all worked together with the felting needles. The band is covered with some scrap dress fabric, and I finally got to use the sequins I bought that never made it onto the actual dress! Another friend had a Significant Birthday a few weeks back, so I made her something to match her party outfit. She liked the flowers but didn’t want an alice band, so out came the hot glue gun and some crocodile hair clips. These are her flowers, again a wet felt/wool felt sheet/needle felting combinationThese are the finished clips, embellished with beads and dreadlocks. Pleased to say they stayed in her hair all evening, despite some vigorous dance-floor action. Groovy!
And since I was going to said S.B. party I thought I’d better make myself something too. This is my first go at doing wet-felt spikes. I like the way they look BUT: sooo fiddley. I finished up adding some needle felted ones as well, much easier to make.
(and quite tricky to photograph in all their dreadlocky glory, too)I’m totally addicted to this felting malarky, I’ve been making all sorts of funky things lately. More soon, but for now – Wishing you all a bright sunny weekend 🙂