I went to a local Fibre Fair this weekend. It was a lot better than the craft fair I went to with my daughter. There were some local artists and crafts people (mostly women). It wasn’t a big event, but I went and looked, learned a few things and got inspired. I think I spent most of the time chatting to everyone. There were some very talented people there. I bought some wool. How surprising! Ha! It would have been rude not to. I bought some Romney wool from Kent. It is a chunky batt sliver and will make a good base for future critters. I also bought some nice white top coat. The most fun thing I purchased were these Wensleydale locks.
These are hand dyed and will make great elements in a felted painting. These locks are so much nicer than the dyed locks I purchased from another supplier. OMG, I actually sound like I know what I am talking about! That’s the funny thing when I start something new – I always learn stuff. I am learning about sheep and all the different types of wool. Considering that we have a lot of sheep near where we live (and it is lambing season now, so cute) it would be rude not to learn about them.
So, after I had a look around the fair and got inspired, I went to the shops and did a few errands. I found some cookie cutters in the shape of jungle animals in the pound shop and had an idea to make some brooches.
Yes, you can felt things in a cookie cutter. These are only 2-3 inches tall. They still take a lot of stabbing (technical term). I saw a demo using a heart shaped cookie cutter to make a garland. I made the giraffe and elephant quite thick because I wanted the neck of the giraffe and trunk of the elephant to be quite sturdy. Once the critters were quite firm, I embellished them. I added tails to the giraffe and lion, an ear to the elephant and the rest. I just googled pictures of the animals. I think they look really cute and would make a fun brooch or a mobile as they are as light as a feather. I only worked on one side as they will be turned into brooches. My daughter asked me why the monkey looked angry and I told her he was having a bad hair day. I might try and turn the giraffe into a llama as they have a similar shape. I will be keeping my eyes peeled for some fun cookie cutters next time I go out to the charity shops and such. Hey, I just thought they could also make great fridge magnets too!