Welcome! The alpacas and farm life have become my constant teachers, and I have begun shifting my blog focus to reflect the lessons I am learning. I plan to share more thoughts and stories related to farm life in Grays Harbor County and carve out a space in the ethernet where one can stop, breathe, and think.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
This Saturday I will be a vendor at a local Breast Cancer Fundraiser, so I am working on my Spring Bling line for the big event. This year's Spring Bling will include felted Wild Rose pins, assorted flower hair clips, and a special breast cancer awareness pink ribbon adorned with various charms.
One of my Wild Rose pins is pictured here, although it's not completely finished yet. The Bling line is still a work in progress, but I will be taking a trip to my local bead store today to purchase some more bedazzles to add to my creations. I promise finished photos in part II...
Ciao for now,
Sunday, April 4, 2010
I am often asked if alpaca felts. The answer is yes - beautifully! I love adding felted flowers to all kinds of projects, and I hope this post will inspire you to try making your own.
Although I have included my crochet pattern for a small flower here, you can start with any size knit or crocheted flower. Remember, the felting process causes whatever you are working with to shrink, so keep this in mind when thinking about the desired size of your final felted flower.
Pattern disclaimer - I am not experienced at writing out crochet instructions, so if you have any suggestions for improving or clarifying the pattern directions, please leave a comment.
(1) Chain 3 and join to make a loop.
(2) Single crochet 11 times into the center of the loop, then slip stitch (ss) into the 2nd chain. (There should be a total of 10 chains around the edge of the resulting circle.)
(3) Chain 3, make one double crochet (dc) and one treble (tr) into the 1st chain; make one tr and one dc into the 2nd chain, chain 3, then ss into the same chain.
(4) ss into the next chain, chain 3, make one dc and one tr into the same chain; make one tr and one dc into the next chain, chain 3, then ss into the same chain.
(5) Repeat step (4) three more times to make a total of 5 petals. End with a ss into the 1st chain of the 1st petal . Cut the yarn and secure with a knot. On the wrong side, weave the yarn tail in toward the center and knot the two yarn tails together several times to help fill in the center hole. Weave in the tails.
Final Notes: Felted flowers are a fun accessory that can also be a creative way to use up leftover yarn. Although I like to use alpaca, you can try making these with other types of feltable yarn, like wool. If you have been inspired to give felted flowers a try, I hope you return to leave a comment about your experience! And please feel free to post comments with other felting suggestions and creative inspirations to share.
Ciao for now and Happy Felting,