correct terminology

Thanks everyone for all the awesome comments on the new dollhouse design!! I’m so excited for Tim to sit down and read them all. He did such a wonderful job! And it doesn’t hurt to give him as much encouragement possible since I have yet another web design project for him to start on straight away. Good thing there’s a chocolate mousse cake (thanks Super T) in the fridge for further motivation. I was going to bake him some heart cookies but I got distracted by a different heart project.

I finally actually felted something! I feel very proud to be able to use the term correctly. I’ve fulled knit bags or thrifted wool sweaters and called it felting but this time I got out the needle felting kit I received 2 christmases ago and the wool roving Amy sent me forever ago and actually gave it a shot. I needle felted this…

and wet felted these…

(thanks Darci for modeling them. of course as soon as I get some empty shelf space in the craftroom I had to raid my parents house for more stuff to fill them up!)

So I’m not too impressed with either result. My needle felting looks just like regular old felt except not as nice. I wanted a big rounded happy heart instead of a flat deflated heart. So I tried the wet felting method of rolling felt beads and kinda mushed them into heart shape along the way. That didn’t really work either, they’re all bumpy on the back. oh well, I gave it a shot!

I’ve got 2 new bunnies going up for sale tomorrow and these were meant to adorn their outfits. I’m going with cute button flowers instead. I’ll be sending out an email to the mailing list tomorrow when they go up. Easter is right around the corner and we’re getting ready early!

17 thoughts on “correct terminology

  1. Daphne says:

    Ah, the site design wasn’t coming through for me before, but now! I love it! Funny that your initials spell “HOT”. Hm, new way to approach baby-naming…
    Your hearts look great from here in 2D land. You know what they say about practice and experimentation. I wonder if the best use of needle felting for you might turn out to be needle felting embellishments onto your dolls’ outfits and possibly bodies.

  2. molly says:

    The site looks awesome Hillary. Doesn’t change feel good and fresh?
    I just have to tell you that my daughter (4) was standing beside me talking to me as I was reading your blog entry and when she saw the barbie holding the hearts she stopped dead in her tracks, mid-sentence. “MOMMY, I LOVE that DOLL!” I have to admit I’m a little proud that she doesn’t know its a barbie doll. Unfortunately, what she probably likes the most is the gold bangle jewelry, pink tube top and big hair!
    Anyway–way to go on getting some serious felting done. I think the little hearts look great!

  3. susaninfrance says:

    looks soooo great, but not surprising from you, everything you put on w.w. always looks great. love the dollhouse theme & look and so in tune with everything you make…
    i had the same feeling after felting my fairies, lots of work and it was rather flat, but i used the same needle for most of it and i’ve since seen that perhaps there were 4 or 5 different ones to get different effects that i had not tried…even though they were in my kit.
    you’ve now inpired me for a barbie party my daughter wants at the end of the month…

  4. Stephanie says:

    I love the look of your blog. I am a knitter but would love to someday make one of your cute stuffed creations! I hope you don’t mind, but I would love to link to your site from my blog.

  5. scribblesnbits says:

    I really like the hearts! I was just thinking: the way you made the puffed hearts would be a fun way to make cherries. I’ve never tried needle felting, but I’ve seen such great examples I may have to adopt that hobby!

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