I just had a needle felting class at Needleworks with these kits.
These are kits by Pagewood Farm and they are called (according to the package) Tinkerbell Needle Felted Silk Scarf. The kits come with all sorts of hand dyed silk colors and each has a bunch of fluffy roving. When you unpack it, it all looks like this (our kits included the brush and needle tools).
So, what you do is smash the roving into the silk with the needle tool and you can go quite nuts with this. The women in my class all had simply LOVELY designs. After a few minutes of the needle felting, the silk started to look like this:
Seriously folks, this is ART! It was so much fun and kind of a nice little tension release too with all that smashing and poking. The coolest thing of all is that you can just keep going. You can put as much or as little of the roving into the silk as you like. Plus, the silk puckers a little around the areas where it has been felted and creates a lovely look. I’ll post more photos when I’ve worked on it some more. I am going to have to order more of these kits – it would be a fun party with everyone drinking and smashing roving into silk.
Then, I came home to an empty house (except for the kitties) and went around doing the basic clean up, adding ice cubes to the kitty water, opening the sliding glass door by the kitchen to let in fresh summer air. I turned my back, sorted mail, and hurt a bump on the porch. The kitties ran in all directions and I went to the OPEN DOOR (covered only with a screen) and saw this!
This small bear was right outside the sliding door screen and had jumped up to pull the hummingbird feeder off the ceiling of the porch! I shut the glass door and ran for the camera. Here’s a picture of him from above.
I find staying on the top floor of the house feels so much safer when there are bears. Good grief!