Post by luvswool and dyestuff on Aug 26, 2014 23:30:43 GMT
All great tips, Shana! I do need to purchase some of those finger guards for when I am needle-felting. I certainly prick myself often enough! I use my granite kitchen counter top--it’s very long--for felting, and it is the perfect height. I stand on my old purple yoga mat, which provides nice cushioning for standing several hours at a time. It’s fun to improvise and thrifty as well.
Ooo, the yoga mat on the floor idea, I must try. My best inexpensive (free) tool is 4 large bricks which are supposed to go under my table legs, but I keep remembering 1/2 way through laying out, when my back tells me off!
I like knobbly shelf liner for a gentler than washboard fulling. But I tried several 'cheats' versions of cheap rubbing tools, then eventually I splashed out on a proper Palm Washboard from Robbin Firth & it really is soooo much better, really controllable, comfortable & reduces rolling. Sometimes you do get what you pay for
You make a very good point, jwugg. I have the Palm Washboard and several other tools worth the asking price. Good olive oil soap & ball brauser come to mind.
Perhaps a follow-up article is in order?
Btw, since I moved into a shared studio space (with 6 painters) I was slightly horrified when one of my mates started popping my bubblewrap while we were chatting at my station. Time to invest in that solar pool cover!
My favourite recycled felting tool that everyone appreciates at my workshops is a sprinkler bottle made out of an empty plastic beverage container. I just put many small holes in the screw on stopper. Heating up a thumb tack with a candle flame makes this easy. Wide stoppers or caps work better. Then I mix up my warm or hot water and olive oil soap flakes in there and use it to wet down my projects. Fast, doesn't disturb the wool, and readily available.
Shana, I read your post months ago and found it really useful! Great ideas and I have definitely put many of them to good use! Thanks!