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9 Reasons Why Your Wet Felt Isn’t Working

Aug 15, 2017

Even if you’re more experienced in wet felting, you’ll still have projects that don’t go the way you planned. Sometimes that can lead to surprising results and to discovering a new technique, but sometimes they just turn into something you’re not happy about.

So, the question is ‘what went wrong?’ I often say that wool has a mind of its’ own. That’s actually one of the beauties of felting. But it’s also true that so many times the cause for a ‘failed’ project is you didn’t pay enough attention to a part of the process.

In some cases, you can still ‘save’ the piece, but the best way to deal with this is to know where things can go wrong. This way you can avoid running into problems in the first place.

Now, we know there are 5 important factors for wet felting: 1) wool, 2) soap, 3) moisture, 4) temperature and 5) pressure. So, if something went wrong with the process, we can assume that something went...

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Beauty Begins The Moment You Decide To Be Yourself

Aug 01, 2017

Still working on my wardrobe and probably will be for some time. It’s amazing the amount of resistance you get, when you decide to dispose of all the stuff you’re not wearing anymore. So, I’ve decided to think of this as a work in progress. That way I don’t feel as much pressure, while still doing the work. After all, it shouldn’t feel like a sort of punishment. Anyway, I’ve gotten rid of one big bag already and there’s more to follow. So, making progress ?

Now, I have to admit that one thing that’s made me think whether this is for me or not is the fact that I love color, as you might know. I don’t want to dress in a boring way and certainly not in dull colors. But that’s also something Justine addresses in her video “Capsule Wardrobe: How to Add Colors”. As she says, minimalist doesn’t have to mean monochromatic. There are a lot of good tips, so – if you want to have a capsule wardrobe – I...

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How To Download The Video Workshops On ETSY

Jul 26, 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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It’s Time To Choose The Capsule If You Dare

Jul 18, 2017

You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t been posting for a couple of weeks. As I mentioned in my last blog post, I had made plans to move to a new apartment, but – as it happens in life sometimes – things didn’t work out. That doesn’t mean I’ve given up, but it might take me some more time to find what I’m looking for.

Nevertheless, the idea of moving has ‘forced’ me to look at the stuff I have. I mean, it doesn’t make any sense to drag things you don’t use to a new home: you must pack them, pay to move them and find room for the them. Then, when you start unpacking and look at what you brought, you end up asking yourself why the heck you’re dragging some things for years, since you never use them. Can you relate? I bet you can!

So, while I’m still on the lookout for a gorgeous new apartment, I’m committed to use the time I have to get rid of what I don’t need anymore. I keep getting...

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The New Video Felting Tutorial On The ENGLISH ROSE BROOCH Is Out

Jun 14, 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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All About Hats

May 31, 2017

I love hats!

It’s such a pity that they’re hardly worn nowadays.

But I know a lot of people are secretly wishing they make a comeback.

There’s something about hats that takes you back in time. You associate them with characters in movies and books.

And judging by the interest in my video “How To Make a Resist For A Felted Cloche”, I bet you are also a hat fan.

So, if you want to learn more about the subject, I have the perfect video for you today. It’s from Justine Leconte – a French fashion designer – and it gives you a good idea of the anatomy of a hat. Justine also mentions 25 different types of hats for men and women.

I hope this video can spark your imagination for your next felt hat project.

Enjoy!

P.S.: Is there something in particular you’d like to know about felting and hats? Let me know what it is. It might turn into a video  

 

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The ENGLISH ROSE BROOCH Video Workshop - Now Available

May 23, 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 17, 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 or on Stacy’s blog.

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...

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Geeky Felt Facts – Wool’s Resistance To Flame

May 10, 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 03, 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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