Thursday, January 10, 2013

Needle Felting

If you've tried machine felting, and would like to embellish your item, give needle felting a try.  It is quick and easy to add a little something to a plain felted bag, like I did in the picture above.

Clover makes a variety of molds and needle felting tools that you can find in many craft and yarn stores, or online.  I will show you these things in the video, or you can go to the Clover website and see what they have.   Also check out what Knit Picks has to offer.

Needle felting is not just for embellishing; you can even create figures!  Check out my amazon store for tools and books on needle felting.

I say this in the video, and want to reiterate here.  The needles used for felting are very, very, extremely SHARP!!   You should be very careful while using them; this is not something I recommend for young kids.  Adults only, and please be careful!!

Here is my little video.  Happy Needle Felting!

Monday, December 31, 2012

Knit in the Round on Circular needles

Here is a video with some basic info on using circular needles to knit in the round.

Two different ways you can join to begin working in the round, and if you accidentally begin knitting with a twist in the stitches, you can easily fix it on the first round.

Use this technique for hats, bags, sweaters and more.  If you have never used circular needles for knitting in the round, I encourage you to try.  It is not hard to do, but like everything else, will take practice and patience to become proficient.

You can get circular needles in many lengths, sizes and materials.  More on that here.