Monday, August 10, 2009

A Large Mushroom House & a Family


Sometime ago I suggested that you 'watch this space' as I was making a big Mushroom House for the small girls Kinder.. *

Well here it is all finished.

I really enjoyed needle/dry felting the roof, it was such a big area so I used two shades of red to give it a bit more character.

The 'stalk' section is 28cm height and although the felt was about 7mm thick it still needed a bit a support to stand upright without buckling from the weight of the roof so I used the rather interestingly named "stiffy" - a fabric stiffener.

I used it in vertical sections rather like pillars to provide support as I didn't want the whole house to become stiff and hard, I wanted to retain the natural soft fibrous feel of wool felt where possible.

I think it worked well, the house stands with no sign of buckling and it is still soft and natural to the touch.

I think the people are fairly happy in their new digs too.

Ooh Babies! It would seem the people are very happy in their new digs indeed.



* I am aware I also stated we'd be "off to Africa" last week but my journey has been delayed - my apologies for this.
We will most definitely be going though - soonish.

14 comments:

Tania said...

You are the Steiner-y, felt-y QUEEN! It's GORGEOUS. I bet parting with it will be a little emotional...

Concerned about the marketing manager appointment over at Stiffy HQ.

Dragonfly said...

Ooooh - that's the cutest house ever. I wanna live in one of those!!
Cheers, Karen

Sandrine said...

Hey Peta your house is terrific!!!You are already handling needle felting perfectly...Great job!

Faith Hope and a whole lotta Love said...

Just amazing!! Lucky kinder to be getting such a special mushroom house :)

Michelle said...

How absolutely gorgeous...
totally amazing...I think I am truly in love with this house...
I have used the felt "stiffy" before many many years ago on felt hats...
it's made your house sit just right...
LOVE IT!!!

snowflakes4sam said...

Hi there Felting Queen. There will be many a joyful play experience for the children at the small girls kinder. such a beautiful way to be involved in creating wonderful play for your child. ;)

Gina said...

Right I need to learn how to do proper stuff with felt. This is so intricate and beautiful. I also love your little people...

Treacle Beak said...

Congratulations Peta, and lucky kinder kids! Your BIG mushroom house looks terrific, along with the dwellers.

Annie said...

Your felting stuff is AMAZING!!!!!

Karen said...

I've just found your blog via My Black Cardigan and have to say how beautiful this fairy house is!
It's divine.
I've just started working on a series of people for a felt nativity - I wish I was even a quarter as good at it as yout hough!
Beautiful.

Christie Burnett said...

Wow, that is wonderful, how blessed they are and how magical for the children.

I am in awe of your ability!

Christie
http://childhood101.blogspot.com/

The Princess & The Pea said...

I love red & white mushrooms and toadstools and these are adorable!

Sandra @ Pepperberry & Co. said...

Oh. My. Goodness. That is, quite simply, THE most AMAZING piece of hand-felting I have EVER laid eyes on. What an absolute treat to behold! You are one ridiculously talented lady :-)

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