June 22, 2013

Felted stones

I LOVE lil fish studio! Lisa Jordan is an amazing textile artist and everything she makes, clearly inspired by nature, is incredibly beautiful. If you don't know her, please have a look around her blog.
She makes these sweet little detailed embroidered felted stones and even has a has a tutorial on her blog for the felting part. Following her instructions (more or less) I tried felting a couple of stones.
I found it a lot harder than I thought it would be. On one of the stones the felt just refused to stay together and I had to try stitching it back together after it dried. Pretty much a total fail (see below).

The other one felted nicely, and then just lay there being a nice but plain grey fuzzy felted stone. So last night I tried embroidering on it. This was also a lot harder than I expected: because the layer of felt is uneven my stitches seemed to have a mind of their own and refused to go where I wanted them to. But I like the result: nowhere near perfect but still it's a soft sweet little object. 
The best part: when Big Brother spotted it he lifted it in his hand and said: "Is this a rock? It IS a rock! Can I have it?". I explained to him this was just my first try and I wanted to keep it so that I could learn from it. So now he has requested one for himself. A blue one. The best compliment I could hope for :)  


Embroidered felted stones #1 & #2

Embroidered felted stones #1 & #2

Ik ben GEK op lil fish studio! Lisa Jordan is een geweldige 'textile artist' en alles wat ze maakt is zichtbaar geïnspireerd door de natuur en ongelofelijk mooi. Als je haar niet kent moet je echt even een kijkje nemen op haar blog.
Ze maakt hele mooie gedetailleerde geborduurde gevilte stenen en ze maakte zelfs een tutorial voor het vilt-gedeelte. Haar tutorial volgend (min of meer) probeerde ik ook een paar stenen te vilten.
Het bleek een stuk moeilijker dan ik had gedacht: bij één van de stenen wilde de wol niet aan elkaar blijven plakken en heb ik het na het drogen geprobeerd aan elkaar te stikken. Dat was geen succes (zie foto's).

De andere verviltte wel goed, en toen 'ie klaar was lag 'ie daar een beetje mooi maar saai zacht grijs te wezen. Dus gisteravond probeerde ik 'm te borduren. Ook dit was lastiger dan ik had verwacht: omdat de laag vilt nogal onregelmatig is wilde mijn steken gewoon niet daarheen waar ik ze wilde hebben. Maar ik ben blij met het resultaat: verre van perfect maar toch is het een mooi zacht en wollig dingetje.
En helemaal leuk: toen Grote Broer 'm zag liggen pakte hij 'm op en zei: "Is dit een steen? Het IS een steen! Mag ik 'm hebben?". Ik legde uit dat dit mijn eerste probeersel was en dat ik er nog van wilde leren. Dus nu heeft 'ie er één voor zichzelf besteld. Een blauwe. Het mooiste compliment :)

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17 comments:

  1. I love it! I'm so glad you gave it a try, it looks great. :)

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  2. My son is always collecting stones - now I know what to do with them. Dank u wel!

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  3. Thank you for sharing about lil fish studio! For a first try, I think your stone came out great!

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  4. I love felting and these stones are so cute! I'd love for you to stop by and link up your projects at tonight's The Project Stash which opens at 8:00 pm.

    Marilyn
    www.4you-withlove.com

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  5. This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
    http://www.lifewiththecrustcutoff.com/two-girls-and-a-party-link-up-22/
    Live every Wednesday to Sunday.
    Hosted by:
    http://www.lifewiththecrustcutoff.com/ Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off
    http://thissillygirlslife.com/ Dana @ This Silly Girl's Life
    We hope to see you there!

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  6. Clever and cute! Pinned:)
    http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2013/06/folk-art-fabric-flag.html

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  7. Very cute! Love the look of these! Thanks for linking up to Give Me the Goods Monday! Love having you party with us! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

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  8. How fun. Very Anthropologie looking. :D Thanks for sharing on beColorful.
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  9. this is so pretty

    Thanks for linking up today to Serenity Saturday Link Party

    Natasha @ Serenity You

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  10. Thanks so much for linking up on Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party this week. Voting has begun, if you have a moment, please do drop by and vote for your favourite link of this week. Thanks :)
    See you again on Thursday.
    x
    Natalie
    Marigolds' Loft

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  11. Fun project! I'm glad that you kept up with it even if the first one didn't go the way you hoped :)

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    1. Thanks! It was fun to try, I recommend it!

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  12. your bro got good taste! lovely!

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    1. Thank you! He really does :)

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