Today, we went over to our new friends Peggy and Louise's house where they introduced us to a whole new art form, felting. We had never heard of it, have you? Basically you take wool, and using soap, water and your hands, turn it into felt.
Now, keep in mind that I was in felting mode, not photography mode, so these pictures are for explanation only. And truthfully, this blog is woefully incomplete, but I wanted to get it down while I remember as many details as possible.
You start with some netting,
a piece of ordinary blue tarp,
some unspun wool (Peggy says Merino is best),
soap and water.
The tarp needs to be cut to the approximate size
you want for your finished object.
This was about five inches across.
We were making small pots.
you gently pull the wool apart
and lay it in one direction.
Now, I skipped taking pictures for about twenty steps (my bad) so I'll just try to keep you in the loop here.
You wet the felt, then wrap it around the edge of the circle. Then you wrap the other side with wisps of wool, going in the same direction.
Next you lay and wet the wool in the opposite direction, repeating the above steps. You do this for three layers, and if you want a design, at this point you add some other colors.
This was my first attempt,
so I was under the impression
I could actually work a design.
At this point, instead of just wetting it,
you start adding soap.
Then you rub and rub and rub.
What you are doing here is
actually turning the wool strands into felt.
Here's a shot of Peggy's piece.
It has been felted and is ready to go to the next step.
Next you cut a very small hole
in the middle of your circle,
making sure you cut right down to
(but not through)
the tarp pattern.
the tarp pattern.
Then you carefully pull the tarp out
through the hole,
leaving you with a two sided disc
with a hole in the middle.
Then you start working the piece into a shape.
You keep working the felt
till you have a shape
that brings a smile to your face.
Then you wash and wash and wash,
making sure to get all the soap out of the wool.
Here's the three bowls we made today.
In the real world,
these look much better than these photos.
Colorful and so very tactile,
each completely unique.
Dark and masculine,
just like my Hunny Bunny.
One other thing . . .
Depending on how you layer your colors,
your pot can be a different color on the inside.
Peggy's was yellow.
Mine was red on the inside.
Now I know I haven't explained this very well,
so if I've piqued your interest,
you can look at some other
explanations and examples
We had a great day!