Friday, 6 May 2011

Felting

Would you look at all these jumpers i've acquired.  They're all made from at least 80% pure wool.  I'm not going to wear them, i'm going to felt them.  I love working with felt.  I am not so keen of the synthetic stuff that you get from your standard craft shop.  I much prefer proper handmade felt especially if it is made from old woolly jumpers like these:
This is only about a quarter of the wool jumpers that I have acquired!

cut into strips ready for the felting process
The one thing that I have been meaning to do for a long time is make felt ropes.  The process is a bit of a faf but they look good when done, if I can do it right, and are very versatile.  I found out about felt ropes via the maya*made website.  From here I was able to link to a tutorial available from Odile Gova at Woollyfabulous, a very clever lady who makes the most gorgeous items from felt:
Felt daisy and rose zipper bracelet
Felt daisy and rose zipper bracelet by woollyfabulous
I won't tell you the process for making the ropes because I am sworn to secrecy but you can find out by going to this link.  Here is the end result of my efforts:
They  just need de-fuzzing!

I can tell you, my arms and wrists really ache from making these but I am fairly pleased with the result.  The thing is, what do I do with them?  Any suggestions?

3 comments:

  1. I'm so excited that you made some and your stripes are fabulous! They'd make great bracelets... maybe with spring blossoms ... and you just reminded me to make some more! Have fun!

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  2. Thisn is super clever! It looks really fun to do :)

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  3. Felting always seems such a wonderful thing to do. I've only really managed it a couple of times, with the kids, through a tuition session, and we've enjoyed it both times. I really, really must do some more - so worth the effort. I absolutely love the little flower bracelet - gorgeous. Elaine

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