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Friday, August 31, 2007

One of the things that jumped on the bus with me back to Chicago from the Michigan Fiber Fest a couple of weekends ago was not a giant Magic Eraser (good one, Paula!) nor a delicious cake form (yum, Frank) or a humungous Altoid (ha, Jill) but a new Foam Hat Mold.

I’d seen this set several times before (from the Mielke Farm folk) but all of a sudden, after one small phone call from explorer Nancy Q. in Bldg. A to me on the Sheep Midway, it just seemed right. [Notice that it is large enough to make a man’s wide brimmed hat.]

I’d like to call this music video I shot about the new toy “Ode to Felting.”

It is just a small narcissistic knitting equivalent of one of those bum-shakin’ videos that are so so prevelent on ya Tube, but here instead of a booty call, you get some wet felt in the face ;p


And yet, even though it exhibits and celebrates all the characteristics of Tube: grainy video shot with a micro-camera, slightly annoying soundtrack, (not as annoying as that Popeye’s ad, people) and that wonderful Utube shabby playback quailty from their funk Flash compressor, you can see this is no tender grasping moment, but a real hands-on push-me-pull-me time of wool on a frame. Almost like working bread dough…

I love felting…

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15 responses to “Friday, August 31, 2007”

  1. Carol says:

    You are so cool! The perfect for the felted Bucket hat!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Love the video! You are so creative!!!!

  3. Teresa says:

    Very. Cool.

  4. Jennifer says:

    Very neat!!! I love the form — I currently just use my mixing bowls, but this would be great.

  5. Bonne Marie says:

    I’ve used a coffee can and towel for years but here I shoot into the 21st…

  6. Karen B. says:

    How perfect is that?!

  7. Wannietta says:

    And you really captured that ‘really old home movie’ feel from the 60’s – it works well with all of your carefully planned YouTube movie characteristics.

  8. Tracey says:

    B-Marie FTW! That was fantastic, I have to watch it again…and again…and oh ok, sure fine, one more time, again! *Does it make me a geek, if I thought that was totally cool, and not the least bit Utube cheesy?*

  9. Kathleen says:

    Love it! Glad there is no narration, just the arty lead-up and the eerie soundtrack. I just can’t imagine what a non-felter would make of it. :)


  10. Becky says:

    I love felt, and I’d love to be able to felt successfully!

  11. claudia says:

    Dude. That was GREAT!

  12. Sonya says:

    I loved the music and work that felt woman! So great.

  13. Zonda says:

    Aha! Was wondering what it was! How cool! :)

  14. Diane D. says:

    I’ve never seen anyone make felting look so cool. Now I want the form!

  15. Kim says:

    LOVED the video!!! Thanks for sharing it.

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