Sometimes an artist is just so clever...
I have always loved Thread Heaven,
that great thread conditioner in the cute little blue box...since I have been using longer needles to stitch up my felted flower pins (see photos below), I was trying to come up with an idea to use a little bit of it without having to take all that miracle stuff out of it's container. I know it can get dirty from your fingers, and the conditioner itself picks up bits of fiber from your project, eventually leading to a clump of gray, fiber-filled gunk (which still does the job wonderfully, by the way).
So here's what I came up with: I took 2 small pieces of fabric, 1 x 1 1/2 inches in size and scooped out a small quantity of Thread Heaven from the box. I placed the conditioner in between the pieces of fabric, then stitched all around the edges. Too boring by itself, I added a flower button and a bead.
It works beautifully! When I draw my needle and thread through it, I use my thumb and forefinger to press down on the pocket as the thread makes it's way through. It helps accomplish both tasks - conditions your thread, and removes any excess Thread Heaven on one layer of the fabric.
After creating my 30+ nuno-felted scarves for the Greenwich Art Fair, I had so many smaller pieces of merino pre-felts left. Playing with some of the pieces one day and wanting to make some brooches, I started manipulating the felt by twisting, cutting and wrapping it around itself. Hmmm...these look like flowers, I think! I put together about 10 of them for my gig at Coldwater Creek a few weeks ago, and they were a hit!
Now I'm out of pre-felts, so I crocheted a skein of roving yarn, felted it, then cut it into pieces and dyed them. They turned out pretty thick, so these brooches are a little different, but I love the fact that they remind me of fireworks. The dye didn't reach inside of the felt completely, but that's what makes these brooches unique - that explosion of color from the Fourth of July! You might notice a little sparkle in the green one..that's from a skein of olive green roving yarn that I also crocheted and felted, but I added a thin blue sparkle yarn to it. I have 24 of them in different stages of completion, all to be ready for my next "Art at the Creek" (Coldwater Creek store) event on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.