Nicola Brown | ‘Niki & Niki’ felting tools are on the way plus plenty of other felting news!
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‘Niki & Niki’ felting tools are on the way plus plenty of other felting news!

‘Niki & Niki’ felting tools are on the way plus plenty of other felting news!

Well, everything definitely seems to be happening at once here. The first batch of felting tools that designer Niki Collier and I are having made to our specifications has arrived now and will be available for sale sometime over the next few days! We just need to burn our name on them, measure and weigh everything properly and then work out the postage costs, all the pieces are hand made so measurements will be as accurate as possible. You might remember recently I used the large textured roller to full my sister’s rug (you can find a picture in this post), it is 56cm long with a rolling surface of 38cm and a diameter of 4.5cm, it will be retailing for €45 excluding P&P. We also have a shorter version with an approx rolling surface of 25cm at €35, a handleless version measuring 20cm at €30 (I like this on my hands!) and a kind of ‘poker’ or ‘prodder’ for using when fulling vessels and sculptural pieces retailing at €8.

Niki & Niki's new little felting 'prodder'

Last night I was felting a little nuno inspired vessel with a lot of textured detail and the prodder was great for stretching and shaping whilst in the final stages of the fulling process. Obviously we need to come up with a better name for it so have a look at the first image and if anyone has any suggestions please pass them along!!! P&P costs will be kept to a minimum for all the tools, basically just what it costs up to wrap them up securely and get them sent to the various destinations, if you want to make an advance order please just email me asap, numbers are limited for this our first delivery! I should also mention that Niki is in the process of setting up her new design website and I’m honoured to be the first invited guest that she has interviewed, thanks Niki. If you want to read a little bit of Irish banter head on over to have a look at the interview!

This morning I ordered all the materials for Dawn’s ‘Fantastic Felt Hatsworkshops, please remember if you are one of the participants and have not already done so that the deadline for the balance of the workshop fee is on or before this Friday 23rd March.

Today I’ve felted a small nuno flap which I will be attaching (or hopefully attaching knowing my sewing skills!) to a leather pouch, this will be the prototype for a new design intended to be a phone, iPod or camera case and I’m hoping that all will work out well. The leather is from a large batch I bought the first time that I visited Dawn in Plainwell, we spent a great day visiting Saugatauk and Lake Michigan stopping en route at an office depot outlet where I picked the leather up for a song compared to what it would cost in Ireland. I love the combination of leather and felt but to date I’ve been too chicken to actually cut the pieces up and decide definitively what I’m going to do with them, wish me luck!

Speaking of luck, I’m thrilled to have received a letter confirming that Carlow County Council through the Arts Office have awarded me €550 to go towards the cost of attending Dagmar Binder’s masterclass in Scotland this summer, to say I’m delighted in an understatement!!!

Finally I’ll leave you with a better picture of my latest vessel, I’m not 100% happy with it as I wanted a more all over nuno effect but at least it’s a starting point so all is not lost. I laid it out using the design inside method and possibly needed to rub for a bit longer prior to rolling as some of the fabric needed to be snipped once I opened up the package. I also needed to pay more attention to the fact that the fabric would be reversed, obviously I needed to work from the outside in (or inside out) but even knowing what I should have been doing I laid some of the fabric back to front, ah well, I’ve lived and learnt!

Little textured nuno style vessel

Nicola Brown
  • SueFrench
    Posted at 13:32h, 21 March Reply

    Great that you are creating new tools for felting! What are all the tools, and where can they be found?

  • Kirsten Lund
    Posted at 17:59h, 21 March Reply

    Love the sound of the word prodder. I think that should be the name!!!!

    Please more pictures.

  • Fiona
    Posted at 19:17h, 21 March Reply

    Love that vessel. And I agree Prodder sounds a great name especially if you give it a capital P.

  • Nic
    Posted at 20:01h, 21 March Reply

    Well, Prodder certainly has charm!

    rúisc – poke
    broid – prod


  • CarolWiebe
    Posted at 11:01h, 22 March Reply


  • Fiona
    Posted at 14:54h, 22 March Reply

    Been thinking how about Super Shaper?

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  • Jenny Witham
    Posted at 19:25h, 31 December Reply

    Hi Nicola
    Im confused about as and when and how to use your felting roller.Could you advise please?
    Many thanks

    • Nicola
      Posted at 11:13h, 05 January Reply

      Hi Jenny, I love to use the larger rollers when working on shrinking rugs and bigger pieces, the minimalist is brilliant for fulling hats and vessels or spot fulling small areas of big pieces.

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