Tag Archives: Felting

Winter Friends Felt Keyrings

17 Sep

Keychains, ornaments, stocking stuffers, nursery mobile and more! These little felt friends are very versatile and would make a great gift for Christmas.
You will need to download the PDF template from Repeat Crafter Me and use it to trace/cut out each piece from felt.

 

 
Christmas Tree template – download

Be sure to cut two of each body part so you can lightly stuff it. Sew the edges by hand using a tapestry needle and 2-ply yarn. The embellishments (eyes, nose, feet, etc.) are held in place with hot glue – or sew them on for a more rustic fastening.

 

Full template from: Repeat Crafter Me

 

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How To Make Flat Felt (Wet Felting) – tutorial

17 Jun
Image from Rosie Pink

Image from Rosie Pink

Felting is a millinery art, it is the oldest form of fabric making known to man. Remains of objects have been found in the permafrost in Siberia from 600AC. The problem with finding felt remains is that wool disintegrates with time. It is estimated that it was used waaaay before that (Turkey, 6500BC).

The art made with felt is typical of many nomad tribes from Central Asia: rugs, tents, clothing, household items. Kyrgystan exports the “felted” art.

In the last years it has resurged among artisans. Wool, it’s main ingredient, is very versatile, soft and durable. And eco-friendly! There are many varieties of wool and the hair of camelides (camels, llama, guanaco, etc) can also be used for felting… any hair can be felted!

Anyway, there is a lot of info on handmade felt on the net if you really want to hear about it’s history.

For wet felting you need wool roving (washed and combed wool but not yet spun into yarn)- Merino Wool tops is what i’ve always used, soap and warm water. A surface with some kind of texture like a bamboo mat or a bubble wrap or the lid of a plastic box… anything with a surface which can take water! The process of felting itself happens when wool gets wet, it’s microscopical scales open and by rubbing it with a bit of pressure, these fibers get interlocked. The soap acts as a lubricant so the rubbing and interlocking is easier. You know how you are not supposed to put a wool jumper/sweater/pullover in the washing machine? or else you end up with something half its original size? Well, that’s because the wool has felted with the warm water, the soap and the movement and rubbing against other clothes inside the machine! By rule, when you felt something, you always have to take in account around 30% or shrinkage…

I’ve found 2 really useful blogs who give step by step instructions if you want to give it a go – They both use bubble wrap, i never have done but it seems to work. There are so many different ways you can felt you can easily find your own way.

Sarah’s Textual Crafts demo

(the history text above is from her too)

 

Rosie Pink’s demo tutorial