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Red Felt Bowl from The Yarn Kitchen on Etsy

Red Felt Bowl from The Yarn Kitchen on Etsy

First of all, no one really knows where the origination of felting began.  Some say that early man discovered felt while wearing skinned animal  hide and having the fur close to his (or her) skin to keep warm. Eventually, from daily wear the combination of friction and sweat the fur became dense aka felted.

Another legend tells us about one of the son’s of King Solomon. This young man was a professional shepherd (not surprising, what son could compete with a father who knows everything?) Anyway, shepherding, not being the most mentally stimulating experience, this young man began to wonder if it was possible to make fabric from wool without having to first spin the wool into yarn. One day legend tells us, he became so frustrated at his inability to figure this out he began pacing back and forth on a sheep skin while crying hot tears. (Yes, real men do cry.)

Eventually, he calmed himself down and discovered to his amazement that the fiber of the sheep skin he had been walking, crying, and perhaps spilling a drink or two on, had worked this liquid into the wool and it had turned into felt!

However it began, felting has been used throughout the ages as tents for nomads, hats, clothes, shoes and many other items.

Several great examples of contemporary felting can be found below.

Small Messenger Bag by RAGZ.NL on Etsy

Small Messenger Bag by RAGZ.NL on Etsy

Felt Cobweb scarf by Felted Pleasure on Etsy

Felt Cobweb scarf by Felted Pleasure on Etsy

 

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Chi with Sombero

1. You will do as I command you to do. I may be short, but my mighty will is stronger than yours, human.

2. There shall no dog larger than I in my living quarters. If my human has the AUDACITY to have a second dog larger than I, I shall exterminate him (or make him really, really uncomfortable by chewing his neck, shins or/and private part below his stomach.)

3. The might of the Chihuahua is awesome. (What do you think happened to the Incas? Hmmmmmm?????)

4.  There shall be no photos taken of me. (Bribery with food might make me change my mind.) If you choose to do so, I shall smite your camera with my terrible frown of displeasure.

5.  Let me make this rule perfectly clear:  My food is my food. I do NOT share. Also, your food is my food as well. You, human shall share the delights of your meals with me or incur the “Wrath of Chi!”

6. Never, ever, hug me without my permission. Remember rule number 5 and the “Wrath of Chi!”

7. Hats for lessor dogs, not Chi’s. Never put one of the monster-things on my head.

8. Do not restrain me, I my will is mightier than yours.

9. Do NOT put me outside when it is raining or snowing. I am the Chihuahua and am easily chilled. Once I return inside and warm up on your lap, YOU SHALL FEEL MY MIGHTY CHI WRATH….unless, you let me cuddle under the blankets with you.

10. Ultimately —  CHIHUAHUA’S RULE, ALL OTHERS DROOL!

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