WHAT IS FELTING?

By Anna Walker
on April 29, 2019
WHAT IS FELTING?

Felt is a textile material that is produced by matting, condensing and pressing fibers together. Felt can be made of natural fibers such as wool or animal fur, or from synthetic fibers such as petroleum-based acrylic or acrylonitrile or wood pulp-based rayon.

(Source: Wikipedia)


Clear as mud, right?


Felting is a way to create things of beauty, both fabric and sculptural, through the use of a barbed needle (needle felting) or by changing the pH of the wool and using friction in a soap and water application (wet felting).

Here on Stab Things Into Existence, I’ll teach you how those processes work through photos of the processes, video tutorials, as well as introducing you to felt masters and authors who can help guide your journey into felting.


My own journey began with a 4 ounce hand dyed wool roving which I won in an online giveaway some 10 years ago:

(picture of the first ‘scarf’ I made from that roving)

The roving was beautiful, soft, and I loved petting it, but I knew I had no intention of wanting to learn how to spin yarn out of wool (no offense), and I wondered for a while what I would do with this fiber. That wondering was answered a couple of months after receiving the roving when I saw a $4 teach yourself how to needle felt kit at my local craft store.

For $4 how could I go wrong?

Two months later, every horizontal surface of my home was covered in felted wool and I was hooked! All because I took a chance to if felting was a good fit for me-and I hope that you will take that chance yourself with me here at Stab Things Into Existence!

YOU MIGHT BE A FELTER…

By Anna Walker
on March 25, 2019
YOU MIGHT BE A FELTER…
Not sure if you're a felter... You just might be if you do any of these things...

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Keeping It Real

By Anna Walker
on February 21, 2019
Keeping It Real
All of this is to tell you that you should just have fun-enjoy the exploration regardless of the outcome. Play. Discover. Create. That’s all. And that’s everything.

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Coming Soon!

By Anna Walker
on June 26, 2018
Coming Soon!

Dear Randy…

By designsbyanna
on February 28, 2018

Hi sweetie. Happy Anniversary. Today would have been our 26th wedding anniversary, and it’s the second one I’ve recognized without you by my side. This year has been rather low key, and not as emotional as last years was, but then, you had only been gone for a little over four months last year, and it was our silver anniversary.

I’ve been in Iowa since the end of January helping Mom and Dad. Daddy...

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@deadorcs at GenCon50

By designsbyanna
on June 22, 2017
I’ll be carrying on the tradition of going to GenCon in Indianapolis in mid August. Randy and I missed last year because we decided that buying a house finally was more important than going to the convention-we didn’t have funds for both. We closed on the house the day after Randy had been released from […]

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GEN CON 50! Classes Schedule

By designsbyanna
on June 12, 2017
GenCon50 is rapidly approaching, and I’m beginning to take inventory of the supplies I’ll need to get to put together 160 class kits! If you’ll be attending the convention in Indy in August, there are still spots left in all 8 of my needle felting classes and I would LOVE to show you how to […]

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Felting is beginning…and classes are coming!

By designsbyanna
on May 15, 2017
Hi friends, it’s been awhile since I posted. Life continues to go one, one day at a time, and I have begun to come out of my grief hibernation, a little more each day. I’ve connected with an amazing business owner, Alicia Vanwalleghem, of Leaping Llamas Artisan Shop in downtown Topeka, and have scheduled classes […]

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Woolfest Today-8 Week course in Feb!

By designsbyanna
on January 28, 2017
Come see me at Woolfest today in Wamego, from 10-4, and get some info on my new 8 week course beginning next month!   https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HMcvuQoLi1BKWRODZX8HDjCNmmu_BQdi91hK-0YM2pg/pub See you soon!

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New Year

By designsbyanna
on January 23, 2017
I’ve been pretty quiet on the blog. Those of you who know me personally, know that the past 5 months have seen a lot of changes for me and my family. There have been things to celebrate: reuniting with our oldest son and his family, meeting our newest grandson, buying our first house. I have […]

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