Sunday, 21 April 2013

Felting on the washboard

Glass ridges on the washboard are good for felting
The finished piece of felt - much smaller than the piece above.
I like the colours in this piece of felt. I made a larger red/orange piece for an order earlier in the week and as usual thought to myself: If I made a piece of felt early every morning I'd be able to sell them in the shop... Pieces of felt like this are good for embellishing/ embroidering/ turning into i-phone cases or whatever.

Customers often tell me they have been on a felt making course. Then they start talking about bubble wrap and curtain net; bamboo blinds and rolling pins. And of course you can make felt using these things.

 Or you can make felt by layering wool tops on your draining board and rubbing it against the ridges of your draining board after adding soap and water. That's how I make felt. Sometimes I finish it off on the washboard but you don't actually need one of those to make felt. Different if you are making a large piece of felt for clothing for example or for a yurt. Yurts cannot be made on the draining board. But small pieces of felt can. Actually you could make a yurt on your draining board if you didn't mind sewing together many,many small pieces!

From Tuesday Handmade Happiness will sell silver rings. Kirstie Turner bought in some she has made for the shop yesterday. I'd like to display them individually on cones of coloured card. Picture to come! 


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