Felted Woolies are things made from reclaimed, recycled wool. I find wool at thrift stores and garage sales. I clean it, felt it or unravel it, and make new things. I seem to have a bit of trouble focusing on just one project--so I make a lot of different things, practical and not so practical.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Baby Bear

A new bear has joined the family. Baby Bear. I made him from the exact same pattern as the fuzzy brown and black bear in the photo. The difference in size is the result of smaller yarn and a smaller hook. The hardest part of the process is sewing all the arms and legs on the body. Making the head and ears is pretty easy, making the pieces is easy. Sewing them all together is tricky. I did the crochet for this one on Sunday, just working off and on as I followed Joseph and Alex around the house as they played... I stuffed, finished, and sewed him together today. It took just about as long!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Bunny and Bear join Monkey

Clearly, I'm working with my yarn and crochet hook instead of blogging. The photos of Bear don't do him justice. He is MUCH cuter than I can show in a photo. Bunny is Alex's. He is not a cute as he looks in the photos. Bear has two eyes, but they don't show up because they are just about the same color as the yarn. Both these guys are acrylic. Monkey is a Wool/Silk blend.

I've been experimenting with textured yarns. I don't like the really long fur on the bunny. It is hard to work with, and the results are too shaggy for my taste. Alex likes him, so that worked out just fine. I've used these yarns because that is what shows up in the clearance bin. Nice, brown, grey and off white pure wool is never on clearance. I did find some nice "earth-friendly" fiber fill. I finished the bag of polyester fiberfill I'd had in my craft bin for a decade at least, and then bought a new bag made from corn--not petroleum! Technically, Bear is Joseph's--but I'm having a hard time letting him go play. I think he might need to stay with Monkey on my shelf for awhile.

If you want to really see FUN and cool crochet projects, check this site about Hyperbolic Crochet... I'm so impressed with this, and I promise to post if I make any of these. My mind is churning to see if I can find a way to model musical scales, and show the difference between symmetric structures and the asymmetry of the diatonic musical scale this way... Okay, I'm a total geek...