Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Hurry! Sale Ends New Years Day at 10 PM

Only 2 Days Left for 25 % Off Book and CD.  Sale ends New Years Day at 10 PM. 

I've decided to put my new book on sale for the Holidays.  If you wanted a copy, now's the time to get one at 25% off the original price, only until New Years.  My stock is limited and tends to go fast so get yours now.  To order, go to my website at and click on the online store.

Following is a complete description:

Holiday Sale until New Years Day, 25% off this book - only $29.95.    You can order through Paypal even if you do not have a Paypal account. 

 This book was featured on the program "Sewing With Nancy TV" and can be viewed at the following link:

Finally, a handbook for any needle felting machine owner that needs to learn how to create, maintain, and use their machines to their best advantage.  Learn about fibers, fabrics, yarns, tools, replacement parts, not to mention patterns and directions for your own art work.

Some of the highlights of the book are:
• How to use the Embellisher to create different kinds of artwork
• Fabric substrates that are available and how each produces different effects
• Needle sizes available as well as where to get them and when to use them; how to polish your needles to extend the life of them
• Illustrated directions for changing needles, changing needle heads, using your machine
• In depth description of tools, where to get them and how to use them
• In depth presentation of fibers, such as wool, silk, angora, Angelina, bamboo, nylon, etc., their properties, where to get them and when to use
them in your work
• In depth practice with creating samples to learn all that can be done with this machine before beginning the actual projects
• Incorporating yarn through the yarn port and guides- how and when to use it
• Illustrated directions for preparing or mixing fibers with hand carding combs
• Projects included for beginners as well as seasoned needle felting artists
• How to prepare and enlarge patterns for Needle Felted Impressionistic wool paintings
• Finishing techniques for quilters
• Illustrated wet felting tutorial for smoothing the surface of the finished pieces
• Four pages devoted to trouble shooting and problem solving
• Listings of businesses locally and online that stock the tools and supplies listed in this book
• 150 pages of full color print on glossy heavy stock paper
• Includes a CD with copy-ready patterns and photos for better close-up views for the reader

"If you want to take machine embellishing to the next level, then "The Art of Machine Needle Felting"  is the perfect reference book.  This project based book is loaded with tips, fiber suggestions and notions that will expand your embellishing knowledge.  Linda has embraced this art form and through research and personal experimentation, she has developed some wonderful techniques that she is willing to share.  Follow her step by step instructions to create Monet inspired masterpieces.  She demonstrates the ease of creating landscapes with beautiful foliage and assorted cloud formations and incorporates them into quilted wall hangings.  If you've grown tired of punching wool roving and need some inspiration, I strongly suggest "The Art of Machine Needle Felting."
Diane Aholt, Field Education Manager, Babylock USA

Monday, December 13, 2010

Dallas Cowboy Pillows

While these are not exactly needle felted, they are my accomplishment for last week in my studio.  These are a Christmas  gift for my son who will be deploying to  Afghanistan in Feb. for an entire year.  On his last deployment, he took his Dallas Cowboy quilt (from first grade) with him to Afghanistan and it was already in shreds from being overly loved.  These are made out of fleece and flannel, machine appliqued using fusible stabilizer and couched yarn.  Everything is soft so they can be used as pillows front or back side.  He doesn't know about this blog so he won't see these until Christmas.
Dallas Cowboy Pillos

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Waldorf Wool Stockpile

 I have the extremely good fortune of living near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, a fiber artist's Disneyland for supplies.  Yesterday was a stormy day but I spent it down in a Lancaster County woolen mill stocking up on wool for the winter dye sessions starting soon.  Pictured in 3 rolled bundles is the Waldorf Wool.  I called it that myself because it is very different from any other wool I have collected so far in my stash from wool shows and shops.  It is a very fine, short staple wool that I find is essential for creating the fine detail in machine needle felted paintings.  Other commercial wools have longer fibers and smooth finishes, that the spinners and weavers like, but they are often  slippery and awkward to use when detail is required and small spaces, holes or bald spots are needed to be covered with a very fine and crimped shorter wool.  I also found that the finer commercial Merino can be so slick, it doesn't cover well and I end up overworking my piece with the needle felting machine because of it.  I named it Waldorf, because this mill supplies the Association of Waldorf Schools of America with their wool.  Leaning next to the Waldorf Wool is a bump of roving (that's what the tightly twisted ropy looking bundle is called).  This is a longer staple wool made up of various fine sheep breed wools.  It is best used when longer "lines" are needed in a wool painting. It works great for distant tree branches, among other things.   It is comparable to commercial rovings in length except it is also hand-dyed and it's fine crimp enables it to felt more easily than commercial Merino  rovings which can be so smooth they don't cover the surface well.   Pictured immediately below is the mill carding machine itself, from the mid 1800's, still in operation after 6 generations of wool production.  Next are the finished bundles of Waldorf wool along with the roving "bump" I will dye and use in my work.  The last picture shows  the Waldorf Wool after it has been dyed and ready to use in a project.

Carding Machine Front End

Carding Machine Back End
Raw Carded Waldorf Wool Bundles With Roving Bump

Dyed Waldorf Wool Ready to Felt