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How To Download The Video Workshops On ETSY

Jul 27, 2017

I now know that several people have had problems finding the password for downloading the videos when they’ve bought a video workshop in my Etsy shop. So, I thought it would make sense to write a short post to make your downloads easier.

So, here’s how buying a digital item on Etsy works. After you’ve paid for your workshop, you get immediate access to all the PDFs included in the tutorial. But Etsy doesn’t allow sellers to upload videos, so the only way is to upload them on another website. I use Vimeo for this.

That means that every video tutorial has at least one PDF with the downloading instructions. It starts with a short text about the workshop, followed by a photo of the item you’ll learn to felt and the Vimeo links. STRAIGHT AFTER THE LINKS YOU FIND THE PASSWORD. So, you’ll have to scroll down to the end of the document to find it. But it’s there. I promise!

So, summing it up:

  1. Download the PDF.
  2. Click on each link in the PDF and a...
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The New Video Felting Tutorial On The ENGLISH ROSE BROOCH Is Out

Jun 15, 2017

The video workshop on the English Rose Brooch is available in my Etsy shop as of today. If you are more of a visual person, this is definitely the best option.

If you’d like to know more about the workshop, check out the video introduction.

Are you on the Dodo email list? If so, you’ll be getting an email shortly with a coupon code you can use in the next two weeks. It’ll give you access to 25% off not only on the new video workshop, but on any product in the shop. Enjoy!

You might have noticed I haven’t posted last week. The thing is I’m in the middle of moving to a new apartment, so I have a lot going on. This means I won’t be posting as often during the summer, but I promise to bring you something new whenever it’s possible.

Meanwhile, you can keep in touch through email.

Talk to you soon!

 

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The ENGLISH ROSE BROOCH Video Workshop - Now Available

May 24, 2017
 

About two months ago I published the English Rose PDF tutorial. But if you prefer seeing how all the details are made, there’s a huge advantage in video. And that’s why I’m now releasing the English Rose Video Workshop.

Here’s the introduction, to give you a taste of what you can expect.

The English Rose is a flower that has been designed primarily to be applied on brooches. But you can use it for hair accessories or anything else you might think of. And, of course, you can make bigger or smaller versions of it.

What’s particular about this workshop is that you’ll be learning how to wet felt a flower that is extremely light weight, but resistant at the same time. And that’s all due to this mix technique (needle and wet felting) and the wool type I use.

This is an intermediate level workshop, so you should have experience felting and feel confident with the wool already. The project should take you about 3 to 4 hours to complete.

You’ll...

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Here’s How It All Started

May 18, 2017

Stacy Tavassoli is the creator behind Truly Majestic, a blog dedicated to arm knitting. Stacy has teamed up with her husband to found the company, based in Cumbria, England. They are committed to using eco-friendly materials and recycled packaging. Truly Majestic offers some free tutorials, introducing the arm knitting techniques, as well as an online shop with paid videos and knitting kits.

Stacy reached out to me a couple of weeks ago with some questions, that I really enjoyed answering. If you’re curious about how Going The Dodo Way started, check out our conversation below.

 

Why do you felt/craft? How did you learn?

I can’t imagine a life without crafting. It relaxes me from the routine and stress. When I’m crafting, all worries disappear. For me it’s a sort of meditation.

And crafts have actually been a part of my life since I can remember. Maybe because I was always surrounded by people, who make things by hand. My father used to make all sorts...

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Geeky Felt Facts – Wool’s Resistance To Flame

May 11, 2017
 

I’m a felter at heart, so, like you, I love wool. I love its softness, its textures and its warmth. You know that smell when you’re wet felting? I adore that too (and I bet I’m not alone).

But wool is even more than that. It’s a wonder fiber created by Nature.

So, if you like to understand how things work and you’re a bit of a geek like me, I think you’ll enjoy today’s video.

Because of the structure of its fiber, wool is naturally flame resistant. That’s why it’s an excellent fiber when it comes to fire safety.

Of the commonly used textile fibers, wool is recognized as the most flame resistant. Here are some of its particular properties, when it comes to fire:

  •  It has a very high ignition temperature of around 600° C
  • It needs a high oxygen level to sustain combustion
  •  It releases a low amount of heat energy when it burns
  •  It doesn’t melt nor stick when it burns
  •  And it’s...
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Pressure In Wet Felting – Part 4

May 04, 2017

TOSSING/THROWING/TUMBLING

Welcome to the last part of this series on how to apply pressure in wet felting.

This is another one of my favorite methods for fulling. Since I love working with my hands, and prefer avoiding tools, I use the TOSSING/THROWING technique in nuno felting, as well as when I’m making pieces without fabric, but where the wool has been laid very thinly (cobweb felt). This is only done in the last stages of fulling, after I’ve secured the fibers in place through rolling a bit, of course.

This technique doesn’t full the felt as evenly as rolling, but I like it because it causes a quick shrinkage, and gives the felt surface a more textured and wavy look.

I would recommend this method for small or thin pieces. I’ve used this method for all the items below.

Before you do the throwing, make sure you have enough water and soap in your piece, but it shouldn’t be soaked. Start gently, and throw harder as you progress. Do it in the sink or...

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Pressure In Wet Felting – Part 3

Apr 27, 2017

POUNDING/BEATING/STOMPING

In these techniques, pressure is applied to the piece by hitting it with something. These are more aggressive methods and they make sense when you’re felting a large piece, especially if it’s a thick one, or when you want to get a particularly dense felt. In fact, this technique was widely used in traditional felting, in combination with rolling, especially for carpets.

Stomping would, of course, be done with your feet, whereas pounding and beating would imply using a tool again. Depending on the size of the piece, some felters may use a meat mallet or a potato masher, wooden hammers or sticks/clubs.

Image from “Vom Filz behütet”, Bruno Bujack

One way to do this, is to roll the piece and to hit it on the spots, where we want our felt to become denser. The piece should then be constantly turned, in order to get an even result.

The advantage is that it’s easier to achieve a greater density than with other methods, but ...

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Pressure In Wet Felting – Part 2

Apr 19, 2017

RUBBING/MASSAGING/KNEADING

1. WITH YOUR HANDS

This is probably the most intuitive method because all you need for it are your bare hands.

It’s definitely the one to use after you’ve laid the wool, and applied water and soap. You start by pressing the wool layers to get the air out of the fibers, and then you rub and massage gently, to get the fibers to migrate and slowly connect to each other.

It’s generally a good idea not to work directly on the wool in this phase, to avoid the fibers from moving. Instead, you should lay a piece of tulle, net or a plastic on the wool, to keep the fibers in place.

Image from “Filzen – Alte Tradition, modernes Handwerk”, Gunilla Paetau Sjöberg

If you’re working on a small piece it probably doesn’t make much sense to use the rolling method, so you might do the entire piece using only your hands. In this case, just rubbing and massaging might still take too long, so a great alternative is to knead...

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Pressure In Wet Felting – The Fifth Element

Apr 13, 2017

In some of my latest blog posts, I’ve been talking about the factors we have to take into account in wet felting. We’ve already seen that:

  • the WOOL choice is definitely where everything starts,
  • SOAP has a fundamental function in the process,
  • and the combination of WATER and TEMPERATURE is extremely important.

So, you could say that PRESSURE is the fifth element in wet felting, because nothing happens without mechanical action. This means you’ll have to either sweat, or use some kind of tool or machine to add AGITATION to the felting to complete the process.

Image from www.nzmerino.co.nz

Wool fibers felt due to the microscopic scales they have on the surface. During the felting process, they open up and connect to each other, creating the fabric.

And the purpose of agitation is exactly to interlock the fibers to create a compacter, thicker material. Pressure forces the air out of the fibers, so that they can come in contact with one another. At the beginning, it...

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Hot VS Cold Water In Wet Felting

Mar 29, 2017

WATER is another element of the wet felting equation. As you know, water has to be added to the wool (whether in a soap/water solution or by applying it directly to the piece you want to felt).

The question is should you work with HOT or with COLD water?

I learnt to felt with hot water and I was astounded when I discovered that cold water also works. And it works because the essential thing is to create a situation of pH change in the wool, along with other conditions for the opening of the fibers. All of this happens with cold water too.

But, if you’re washing a 100% wool sweater, you know you should do it with cold rather than with hot water. And why? Well, because a higher temperature speeds up the felting process.

If you’re thinking “so why should I care?”, let me give you a practical example.

Have you ever tried nuno felting a piece with hot water, only to discover that your wool didn’t attach to the silk? This might happen for different reasons,...

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