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Top 10 Felt Fashion Accessories September 7, 2008

This is a broad range of felted fashion accessories including pendants, pocketbooks, hair clips, belts, scarves, shoes, and even a cellphone case. In the near future I will feature a generalized jewelry category which will no doubt have one or two felted items in it, or I may down the road do an all felt jewelry posting. If anyone has suggestions as to what items to feature, just send me a comment. I pre-approve comments before they are published so if you have suggestions I will take those suggestions and make a Top 10 of your suggested items, but the actual comment will not be published. Also if you would like me to add your blog or website (arts and crafts related) just send me a comment as well and I will add it. But any comment that contains any sort of advertising will not be published. Only comments concerning the featured items in a post will be published.

So onto the Top 10!

Okay so once again I couldn’t just pick 10! So here’s the Top 14.

I decided to include this glasses/cellphone holder into the fashion accessory category because well it doesn’t really fit anywhere else and you could carry it around with you not hidden inside of a pocketbook so that everyone could see the beautifully designed piece. This was embellished with yarn and beads.

This was created using rolled felt strips. I love the movement that the strips create in this piece. And I love the use of black in combination with the bright colors. These brooches have a very unique style.

I have admired this artist’s embroidered felt cuff bracelets for awhile now. All her bracelets are equally as beautiful as this one. They all look very professionally made and have beautiful embroidered designs with beautiful color combinations.

The felted part of this item is very simple, just a simple needle felted ball. But again I wanted to include it to show the different ways of using felt and the different ways of embellishing it. And this piece is not short on embellishments! Beads and embroidered designs give this piece a fun, festive look. And there are endless color combinations that can be created.

This was done in a very unique way that I have not seen done before. Wool rovings were weaved together and then wet felted to make the piece strong. She then attached the belt fastener.  With every color of the rainbow in this piece, it is sure to make a statement.

This pocketbook was made by stitching cut pieces of felt to a felted background. I love the color combination that is used and I love the overall design ofthe piece. It is a pocketbook that makes a real fashion statement.

Here is another pocketbook created in using a different method. This item was knit and then wet felted. I will probably have another one like this featured in my knit posting but I wanted to include one here to show the different techniques that can be used when creating felted accessories. Here again I love the color combination (of course because it has my favorite color, teal, in it) I like how the felting process gave the colors a very soft look.

This is a very unique felt necklace. The pieces of felt are cut out and strung to a string of seed beads as if the felt cutouts are beads themselves. The overlaying of colored felts and the embroidered edging over each piece creates interest and here again I love the color combination, it is probably my favorite color combination of all.

I will admit, most felt hair clips or hairclips in general usually do not appeal to me. But this one I think has a very elegant look to it. I could see someone even wearing this on their wedding day as their “something blue”. The added pearl beads help give it that elegant look.

These baby shoes are just adorable.  They are very well designed and seem to be very professionally made. I love the added touches of the strawberries and flowers. If I had a baby, my favorite baby fashion accessory to dress her (or him) in would be shoes! Lots and lots of cute little baby shoes!

I am usually not one for fall colors or a fall themed accessory but this scar is amazing. The colors and the flowers (she calls them flowers but they take on a leaf resemblance I think) just scream fall. And in front of that brown shirt, the scarf really pops out at you and makes a real fashion statement.

Here again I had a different headband  of this artist’s picked out to feature but it was sold before I got the chance to right about it. These headbands sale like hotcakes and for good reason! Her designs are beautiful as are her choices in color combinations. She also offers custom color combinations.

What a fashion statement! Just beautiful!

I originally planned on featuring a different one of these lariat/necklaces but it was sold before I even had a chance to right about it! That is how hot of an item these are and how gorgeous of a fashion statement these make! Her ability to make a felted flower look very realistic is amazing!


Top 10 Felted Items on Etsy

Sorry I’ve been slacking on the posts. Throughout the day today I am going to publish 3 posts and finish up the felting category. The first post (this one) contains felted housewares/home decor items. The second post will be of felted fashion accessories and the third will be needle felt miniatures.

Okay well maybe I’ll do a Top 12 this time because I can’t choose! There are so many different kinds of items included in the category of housewares/home decor!

This I believe is done by wet felting. I love the color combination and I love that it is not in a simple common bowl shape. The added balls were a nice touch and placing more than one side by side gives an interesting overhead look.

This is a creative use of felt the way shapes have been cut out of the felt allowing the green fabric to show through. It is a very fun piece to have around the house.

Another fun yet simple piece. This was created using cut sheets of felt sewn together in circular shapes and strung on ribbon. These circles could have an endless choice of color combinations.

This is a very cute baby mobile. I like how they are different on each side: different colors and/or different facial expressions. Here again these were done with cut felt sheets, sewn together and strung.

Although this piece consists mainly of non- needle felted pieces I just think it is an absolutely cute home decor item and so I had to include it. This shows that there are endless possibilities when using felt to create craft items and that there are endless other materials that can be used in conjunction with felt to make a very unique (and cute) item. I love the use of wire with felt items. I love the color combinations in this piece. And I love the country feel that it brings without having an overly country look to it.

I love this idea! It is just as beautiful as a real fish tank and with no maintenance! It also gives the artist many choices in color and fish type combinations.

I think this pillow is arsty, fun, and beautiful! She made a piece of cream felt, then (I believe) wet felted the design onto it. Then she sewed the picture onto a blue fabric piece, stuffed and sewed it together. The way the picture is framed in a red outline and then framed in blue gives great contrast to the piece and helps the picture really make a statement in a room.

Speaking of making a statement, these placemats sure would make a statement on a kitchen table! Very vibrant colors,  in an unpredictable “pattern” meaning each placemat would vary slightly from one another. It also has some added embroidery stitches to give texture and create more interest.

This is an interesting pillow and right up my alley as far as my art style. I like bright colors in combination with black, especially when the bright colors are outlined in black which is what we have here with the felt pieces sewn onto a black background using black thread. I also like how she changed it up a bit in some areas and used a patterned felt.  And like this artist, I too like the style of molas (look them up!) They are a source of art inspiration for me as well. She did a great job recreating the mola look.

This is a wet felted round table runner. I can’t imagine the time it would take to make all those dots! The result is very beautiful with great color combinations and she also makes these in custom color combinations.

This was done by first crocheting a bowl shape and then felting it. I wanted to save the items that have been crocheted for my crochet post later on,but the needle felted design on this one really stands out from the crocheted background so I included it here. I love how the needle felted areas seem to pop from the background with the help of a black border around the shapes. I love the color combination in this one. I love teal!

This is one of those “WOW, just wow” pieces. What’s more to say? It seems to be very professionally done, and I want this!


Top 10 Flat (Needle) Feltings on Etsy September 2, 2008

As promised, today I will discuss more needle felt works. These being flat felted tapestry/wall hangings that have been done in either the dry or wet fashion.
I love the color combination, the contrast between the reds and greens excite the eye as does the swooping movements of the sky and grass. I also like the simplicity the shapes of the tree.

Here again the reds and greens create contrast. The fairytale theme that it has is a very popular one in needlefelt crafts and other crafts it seems.
I like the idea of breaking an image into parts. Each piece can stand alone in its own right or come together as one amazing piece of art. I love the colors in this piece. The color combination is very striking. I am a fan of bold colors in combination with black.

Another example of good contrast. The white lilies against the black background really makes the flowers seem to pop off the page. She did a great job making the flowers look realistic. It makes me just want to reach out and try to grab a flower right out of the picture!

Here again the black helps to bring contrast to the picture. Doesn’t this look like a photograph? Its amazing! Simple, yet amazing.

Here is another landscape flat felt picture but done in a very different manner. This work doesn’t have the photograph quality like the one above but it does have quite a good resemblane to an actual landscape. I like the use of lights and darks for highlights and shadows. And I love how the artist decided to break away from the typical square or rectangular work area.
Gorgeous! This piece was done by needle felt and wet felt techniques. The color combination that is found in peacocks is my favorite color combination and the bright blue of the peacock is my absolute favorite color! I love the artist’s use of highlights and shadows. All of the different patterns create interest for the eyes as well.

This landscape flat felt picture is done by I think one of the best needlefelt artist’s on Etsy. Each of her works have a photograph quality to them. She uses a wide range of colors in each piece, sometimes the color choices seems suprising but the end result always looks realistic and picture perfect! She also embellishes on top of the needle felt by using different art yarns, creating interesting textures.

Wow! Besides the fact that VanGogh’s Starry Night is my absolute favorite painting, I love this needlefelt piece for other reasons as well. Starting with the amount of detail and resemblance to the real Starry Night painting. The movement created in VanGogh’s painting is just perfect for a needlefelt piece. Art yarns were also used in the piece to create nice flowing lines and texture.

Wow again! This piece is done by, I think, another one of the best needelfelters on Etsy. I fell in love with this piece (as well as some of her other pieces) right from the start. The colors are striking and the design is very ambitious. I can’t imagine even attempting to do something so detailed with wool. This piece is done by using both dry and wet felt techniques. The picture I have included does NOT do it justice.