As I mentioned on Monday, I spent a lovely few hours at the Makers Faire on Sunday and tried my hand at 3 crafts that I had not tried before
Needle Felting (top image) - my piece is a bit bigger than a business card. I decided to go abstract and play with the lovely colours rather than try to create a picture of something recognisable. A nice easy form of felting where you lay a piece of the wool fibre over your solid base and then stab it repeatedly with the special needle (keeping fingers well out of the way). The colours mix nicely when layered and you can create different textures depending on how much wool you add and how often you stab it. The lady showing us how to do it mentioned that wool keeps needles sharp so I intend to make this the top of a pincushion. I left some whispy bits hanging over the edge as I like the contrast of un-stabbed with stabbed.
Rag weaving (bottom image) - a real up-cycle of waste material here. We used pieces of cardboard for the 'loom' and would around crochet cotton then wove in strips of fabric cut from old bedlinen (all smelling nicely of laundry soap). It takes lots of strips to create a nice solid fabric. I have woven onto cardboard before but using wool. I found the fabric rather cumbersome to weave.
Inner tube jewellery (middle image) - those black strips are cut from the inner tubes of bicycle tyres - another great up-cycling craft. The rubber is very easy to cut with scissors or a rotary cutter - you can use paper punches on it too. It feels surprisingly nice to handle, soft and pliable and you can then knot it together or knot it to strips cut from old t-shirts. The ladies said that they got all of their inner tubes free from cycle shops as it saves the shop from paying to have them sent to waste. If you have any inner tubes lurking in the garage or know people who do and you like a bit of crafting with scissors then I suggest you have a play.
3 interesting materials to play with and a good visual set for my snap - win win.
Loving all the snap sets you are sharing