Wow!! Where has the month gone? The past month has been filled with lots of fibery goodness. I thought I would share some pictures to show you what I mean...
We ended march with teaching a wet felting soap class at our counties 4H project discovery day. It was a great time all the kids had so much fun making their felted soap and it was neat to see all the color combinations they came up with.
Above is the wet felted soap my kiddos made for the demos at project discovery days.
The kids of Flying K Farm have been busy making these fun wet felted jingle balls. They are selling them in our Etsy shop. And if you are interested in making your own we put together a tutorialhere
My friend Marvel and I setup at our very first craft fair at the beginning of April. It was a lot of fun! Looking forward to doing more this year as well as some farmers markets. Stay tuned on where you can find us this summer.
My friends Marvel and Heather (Lahara Lockets) and I put together this basket of goodies for a silent auction to raise money to help rebuildCamden Accessible Playground in Janesville Wisconsin.
This month I dyed a bunch of fiber and made it into some pretty batts. My hubby even helped. He likes to help drum card and is excited for the new picker box he order since he usually helps with the hand picking and that can be a really tedious job.
Have you heard about our Fiber CSA yet? This is one of our boxes going out to one of our lovely share holders. Find out more about our Fiber CSAhere.
Sweet Coco is our newest member of our Fiber Farm. She is an English Angora bunny. We have been told she is a wonderful mother. We will be breeding her soon.
Hope you enjoyed a little peak into our Fun Fiber Filled Month :)
These are such a sweet, natural toy for kids of all ages and cats love them too. These balls are so easy to make. We make it even easier with our wet felted jingle balls kit all you need to add is water and dish soap.
1) Alpaca/Wool roving ( your choice of colors)
2) Small plastic ball (ping pong or plastic golf ball)
3) Small jingle ball
4) Dish soap
5) Hot water
6) Optional: Ziploc bag and/or textured surface such as bubble wrap
1) First you will need to poke a small whole into the plastic ball and insert the jingle bell. * This should be done by an adult and please be careful.
2) Lay out a little bit of your roving and wrap the ball in it. Once you have wrapped the wool around the ball in one direction you will want to wrap it the opposite direction. Alternating the roving direction like this helps the fibers stick together. Continue to wrap your ball like this until it is about twice the size you like the finished ball to be. As you begin to felt your ball it will shrink.
3) When you are happy with the size of your ball you can now begin wet felting. I fill a large bowl of hot water and add a couple drops of dish detergent to the ball. Next dip the ball into the water, than rub the ball back and forth between your hands gently, until the fibers start to stick together and become more firm. Once they do you can start rolling the ball more vigorously. * this is also when you can pop the ball into a ziploc bag or rolling it against a textured surface.
4) When your ball is nicely felted rinse it in cold water. To dry you can either set it out to air dry or pop it into he dryer for a quick spin. We usually use the dryer since the kids want to ball with them right away.
Please let me know if you have any questions!
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Wow, Its been a long time since I have been part of fiber art friday. This season for our family has been a busy one. I am still working on getting into more o f a rhythm with everything and squeezing in more time for fiber work. My hubby is still battling with chronic migraines and the botox injections seem to help for the most part expect for the weeks leading up to the next dose and about a week after. (36 shots in his head and neck - no wonder he isn't feeling well after) Our youngest is now 2 and getting into everything. He loves to climb on top of everything keeping us all on our toes. Today was a no nap day for him. Oh boy. He is wild today. Not looking forward to no more naps. That is my best time to get caught up. My other 3 kids have been helping out with the farm chores and enjoying homeschooling. They also have been keeping little man entertain so I can try to tackle my large fiber stash. I have so much to wash still and shearing day will be here before I know it.
It feels so good to finally carve some time out of my busy schedule to play with fiber. I really enjoy dyeing it and creating beautiful colors on these gloomy days of winter. We had another frigid couple of days this week -29 with wind chills of -45. Between all the the farm chores and breaking ice and refilling the water buckets four times a day (the heated buckets could just not keep up with the temps and alpacas drink more water when its cold) I was able to find some time to dye and card.. And Isabel made a pair of wet felted jingle balls. She loves making them. :)
The month of January I have also been working on getting our Etsy Shop setup as well as giving our website a little makeover still more to come. Let me know what you think..
Want to see more of the fiber I dyed earlier this week click the picture below :)
What have you been up to lately? Have you made time for what you enjoy recently? Make sure to subscribe to our blog we will be having a giveaway again soon. Have a Wonderful Weekend.
Yesterday we had our first school presentation for a group of 90 Kindergarteners. The original plans were to have the presentation at a local farm but with the rain in the forecast plans were changed. We quickly adjusted our plans to better accommodate 2 groups of 45 rather than the 6 groups of 15. We started out the presentation with an overview on Alpacas before splitting the group in half. My husband took his group outside where we had 4 of our boy alpaca in a pen waiting for the kids to pet and give them treats. I had the other group inside and talked to them about the Alpacas fiber. I showed them some before and after pictures of shearing day and let them feel the difference between alpaca and wool. Then I did a quick demo of drum carding and spinning fiber, finishing up my part of the presentation with a fun wet felting project.
Thanks to the input of some experienced fiber artists I decided to teach the kids to wet felt in a Ziploc bag making either a rose or a butterfly. It was a huge hit! The kids loved it. There wasn’t much mess at all. A special thank you to all the Kindergarten teachers at B A Kennedy Elementary School in Prairie du Chien Wisconsin for having us over and all the help to make things go so smoothly.
We had so much fun working with all the kids! We are looking forward to doing more events like this in the future.
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For a fun valentines project the kids and I made some wet felted hearts. This is such a fun and easy project to do with kids and such a great sensory experience for them.
Wet Felted Hearts
Rovings ( we used Alpaca)
Hot water (warm as you or child can tolerate)
* I put the cookie cutters into a casserole dish to contain all the soapy water *
Start by pulling apart the rovings and place the fiber into the cookie cutter in the desgin of your choice pressing it down to the thickness you desire.
Add a few drops of soap on top of the fiber and a little hot water.
Poke and poke some more, you can use your fingers a pencil eraser or an end of a paint brush. Flip over a few times poking both sides. When it is done the fibers will have felted together.
Rinse out with cold water and place on drying rack
Here is one of the mobiles we made with the hearts.
They are also fun for decorating with :)
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Interested in making some hearts of your own we have kits ready for you. I would love to see your hearts (and anything you make with them) share your link.
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