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Felted cat bed

My cat loves wool and crawling into small places to nap. I have many bags of wool so I thought I should make her a own special place to hide from dog and curl up.

Felted Cat Bowl
Felted Cat Bed

I am using the wet felting method to make this cat cave. This project will take about 6 hours to do, and because you will be felting quite a bit of wet wool, it can get quite heavy to work with so take frequent breaks. You may want to complete this project over 2 days. It is fine to leave the wet felt overnight and complete the felting process the next day.

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Start by making a thin layer of wool roving over the felting mat approx 24″ square.

Add 3 or 4 more layers of wool roving crossing them in opposite directions.

Place a fine mesh cloth over the wool and spray with warm soapy water.

felted cat bed pattern

Rub gently and add more soapy water until the wool begins to felt.

Gently remove the mesh cloth.

This will be the bottom of the cat bed.

felted cat bed pattern
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Cut a piece of thick plastic such as from a heavy plastic bag into an oval shape approx. 20″ x 24″ to use as a form for the cat pod.

Place this over the previously felted wool.

Add another 3-4 layers of wool roving over the form so that it extends over the plastic form about 2 inches around.

Lay the mesh cloth over the wool roving.

Add some warm soapy water and again rub the wool roving until this begins to felt.

Remove the mesh cloth.

Fold and Tuck the ends of the wool roving under the form.

Fold the edges of the bottom layer over the top.

Yes, the plastic form will be left inside the two layers.

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Place the felt piece inside the bamboo felt mat and continue rolling.

Open the felting mat occasionally, spray with more soapy water and turn the felt piece around so that the felting occurs evenly.

Keep rolling and felting.

Eventually the wool will begin to shrink and the edges of the cat cave will start to curl up.

You can now cut a small hole into the felted cat bed and carefully remove the plastic form.

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Roll the felt piece back into the bamboo felting mat and continue to roll and felt until the wool becomes quite hard and firm.
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Place the felted wool into a sink filled with hot water and continue to felt and agitate the wool to continue the felting process.
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Run cold tap water over the felted piece and continue to shape the wool into a ball shape.
The cold water will help to harden the wool so that it holds its shape.

felted cat bed

Stuff the inside of the felted cat pod with plastic bags so that the cat bed holds its shape while it dries.

Yes, this felted cat bed can be washed. Wash it by hand in warm soapy water and rinse. You can gently turn it inside out to wash and clean the inside as well.
Roll the cat bed into a towel and squeeze or step on it to remove the excess water.
Stuff the bed with plastic bags and push it back into shape. Place it in a warm place to dry.

Felted Balls
Make some felted balls for your cat to play with.

Felted Cat Bed Patterns

3 in 1 Cat Bed
Crochet Cat Basket Pattern
Knitted Cat Bed Pattern
Knit and Felted Cat Bowl Pattern

Etsy Felted Cat Toys
Felted Mouse Cat Toys

Felt Making

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Felted Easter Eggs
How to Make Handmade Felt
Felted Pillow Cushion
Knit and Felted Flowers
Felted Mittens
Felt Necklace
Felted Posey Pot
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Felting Books

The Complete Photo Guide to Felting
Simply Felt: 20 Easy and Elegant Designs in Wool
Felting Fabulous Flowers: 30 Stunning Designs

Creating Felt Artwork: Felting & Stitching
Simply Felt: 20 Easy and Elegant Designs in Wool
Uniquely Felt

50 Colors Wool Fibre Roving DIY Needles Felting Starter Kit Handcraft Mat Tools

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Merino wool: 1 lb, Raw Merino, merino sheep, merino fleece

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Wet Felting Project – Felted Cushion Cover

This is a project to felt and sew a hand felted cushion cover.

Felted Pillow Cover
Felted Pillow Cover

Materials used:
Wool roving for making felt
approx 1 yard of cotton fabric
16 inch zipper
19 inch pillow form

Hand made Felt
To make the felt top for this pillow, I made a large piece of felt approx 24 inches square. During the felting process the felt will shrink about 15%-30%.
I don’t like to waste wool, so I use the leftover thrums from carding for making felt. This comes from the fleece that is left on the drum carder and isn’t a good enough quality for hand spinning.
I placed a thin layer of the leftover wool onto the felting mat. I then added a second layer of gray wool roving over the wool thrums, laying the fiber in the opposite direction. I added a third thin layer of gray roving over the previous layer, again in the opposite direction.
I wet the wool with warm water and soap and rolled it up in a felting mat.
For more detailed instructions of how to make a piece of felt please see below.

Wet Felting thrums
Wet Felting thrums

After the wool was felted, the completed felt piece measured approx 19-20 inches square.
I cut 2 pieces of cotton fabric approx 2 inches larger than the felted piece.

Wet Felting Pillow
Wet Felting Pillow

I stitched the felt piece to one of the cotton fabric pieces close to the edge of the felt. I want to leave the outer edges of the handmade felt as a border on the pillow.
I sewed a second row of stitching about 1 inch inside of the outer edge, to create a border to the pillow.

Wet Felted Pillow cover
Wet Felted Pillow cover

I folded and pinned the outer edges of the felt to the inside, to prevent them from being sewn as I sewed the backing onto the pillow.
Wet Felted Pillow Cover
Wet Felted Pillow Cover

Right sides together I pinned the fabric for the pillow back to the pillow front.
I sewed one of the seams together and added a zipper.

Felted Pillow Cover
Felted Pillow Cover

After adding the zipper, I sewed the remaining 3 sides of the pillow together.
Turn the cushion cover right side out, remove all the pins and insert the pillow.
Time to put your feet up and enjoy!

Felted Pillow Cover
Felted Pillow Cover

Felt Making
How to Make Felt
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How to Make Handmade Felt
Felted Place Mats

How to Sew a Zipper
Threads: How to Sew a Zipper
Sewing 101 – Zippers

Felt Making Books
Art in Felt & Stitch: Creating beautiful works of art using fleece, fibres and threads
Felting Fabulous Flowers: 30 Stunning Designs
Uniquely Felt

50 Colors Wool Fibre Roving DIY Needles Felting Starter Kit Handcraft Mat Tools

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Merino wool: 1 lb, Raw Merino, merino sheep, merino fleece

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Feltmaking: blfelt

Feltmaking

You can make your own felt easily, in your bath tub.

You will need a flat surface to work on, one where it doesn’t matter if it gets wet. I made the felt in my bath tub.

In summer months, I make felt outdoors, in a kid’s swimming pool. You will need access to hot water. An electric kettle will work fine or a hose attached to your hot water tap.

To make a 20″ square piece of felt, you will need approx. 5 – 6 oz. of pure wool roving. For this project I used dyed merino wool top.

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Place some towels onto the flat surface or floor.

Place a straw beach mat over the towels.
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Pull the clean wool roving into small sections, about 4 – 6 inches in length, depending on the wool staple.

Place these wool pieces onto the beach mat, spreading the wool evenly across the mat.

Lay the wool pieces all in the same direction – vertically, and overlap each piece slightly, until the beach mat is covered, creating a 24″ square.

Sprinkle on a thin layer of laundry soap (powder or liquid).

Lay another layer of wool roving over the first layer, but in the opposite direction. (horizontally).

Sprinkle the layer lightly with a bit more laundry soap.

Repeat the above steps, until the wool batt measures about 1.5 – 2 inches in height.

You should have about 4 – 6 layers of wool, each alternating in direction.
The top layer can be decorative. Use different coloured wool roving and even bits of yarn for your design.

Add a bit more laundry soap

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Fold the remaining length of beach mat over the fleece batt and roll up the beach mat.

Fill the bath tub with 1 – 2 inches of hot water.

Immerse the rolled up beach mat in the hot water, and turn it, to wet the wool thoroughly.

Roll the beach mat back and forth, working your hands evenly across the mat.

Keep the mat rolling in the hot water, turning it over, for about 3 – 4 minutes.

It is heat and friction that causes wool to felt, not pressure, so you don’t need to press really hard.

Remove the mat from the bathtub, and unroll it gently onto the towel.

The felt is quite fragile at this point, so gently lift it from the beach mat, and turn it 1/4 turn.

Reroll the beach mat and place it back into the hot bathtub water.
If the water has cooled, drain the tub, and refill with hot water.
Roll and turn the beach mat for another 3 -4 minutes.
Turn the felt another 3 or 4 times, and reroll in the hot water for about 3 – 5 minutes between each turn.

Test the felt by rubbing it with your finger. The fibres shouldn’t move and the felt should be quite thick. If it is still soft, turn it again and keep rolling it in the hot water.

Remove the felt from the beach mat and rinse in cool water.

Roll the felt in a bath towel, place it on the floor and stomp on it (barefoot) to remove the excess water.

Lay flat to dry.
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Wet Felting Projects

Making Handmade Felt
Felted Mitts
Felted Necklace
Felted Hats

How to Make Felt Books

The Complete Photo Guide to Felting
Uniquely Felt
Flowers in Felt & Stitch: Creating Beautiful Flowers Using Fleece, Fibres and Threads

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Newsletter Archive: news081012

Date: August 10, 2012

Hi Everyone,

Big O Games
Have you been watching the Olympics?
Some enthusiatic knitters got into a bit of trouble with their knitting.
https://www.allfiberarts.com/2012/big-o-games.htm

Spears Weaving Loom
I found this lovely little child’s loom on Ebay. It’s perfect for weaving small tapestries.
https://www.allfiberarts.com/2012/spears-loom.htm

Felted Necklace
An easy project for a beginner Felter.
https://www.allfiberarts.com/2012/felt-necklace.htm

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How to Weave a Rya Rug
A video deomstrating how to make a rya rug on a floor loom.
https://www.allfiberarts.com/2012/rya-rug-video.htm

Weaving Workshops
Since I have now ‘semi-retired’ I will be offering private classes from my small weaving studio in the UK. Please contact me for further information if you are interested.
http://www.paivatar.com/studio/classes.htm

In our Forum
Ikat Towels
http://forums.delphiforums.com/fiberarts/messages/?msg=2275

All Fiber Arts Group on Facebook
In addition to our ongoing Delphi Forum, I have also started up a Facebook Group for weavers and fiber artists who like to use Facebook. Come join our friendly group if you like.
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Felted Posey pot

Recently I purchased a feltmaking kit from my favourite local sewing shop – Clothkits. The felting kit was made by Gillian Gladrag.

The felting kit contains all you need to get started with feltmaking – a large bamboo mat, a piece of netting, and an assortment of dyed wool roving.

felt posey pot
I also purchased a kit for making a handfelted purse.

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felting kit

The purse kit contained enough dyed wool roving for making the purse, full how-to instructions and a plastic template that was used to shape the purse.

I followed the instructions for making the purse – and it did turn out as the instructions said it would. However, I was not entirely happy about the finished size. I thought it was a bit too small to make much of a purse. I tried to stretch the felt to make it larger, but it was too thick. This was my mistake – not the maker of the kit. I think I should have used thinner layers of felt as I was laying them out on the felting surface. Then it would have been much easier to stretch the purse into a larger shape.

Felted Flower Pot

But all is not lost – I decided to reshape the purse into a flower pot instead and fill it with felted flowers.

How to Make the Felted Flower


To make the felt flowers, I felted a few different coloured pieces of felt. I made these much thinner this time so that they would be very pliable. The felt squares were approx 8 – to 10 inches in size.


Once the squares were felted using the rolling mat, I continued the felting process by dipping the squares alternately in hot and cold water to felt them further to quite a firm stage. The felt squares shrunk a bit more to about 5-6 inches.

I folded the felt piece in half and half again, and cut out a circular, petal shape from the centre leaving about an inch of trim around the outside.

The inner circle will be the base of the flower, and the outer trim the petals.

Arrange the petal trim around the base of the flower, starting with the outside and working your way in.

Begin to needle felt the petal trim to the base of the flower, felting along the inner edge, and leaving the outer edge loose, as petals.

Keep felting your way along to the centre of the flower, arranging the petals in a circular shape into the middle. Use the felting needle until the petals are firmly in place.

Turn the flower over and using the felting needle, felt the bottom of the flower so that it is firm and holds the petals in shape. Needle felt a few indents into the flower so that the bottom of the flower doesn’t lay flat but is also shaped.

And to add a finishing touch, felt a bit of black wool into the centre of the flower.

felted flowers


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More Feltmaking Projects

Felted Necklace
Needle Felt Dolls
Felted Eggs
Making Handmade Felt
Nuno Felting
Felting

Feltmaking Books

Felting – The Complete Guide
Combine painting and sculpture, wrap it up in the delightful texture of wool, and you have felting.
UK: Felting

Little Felted Animals: Create 16 Irresistible Creatures with Simple Needle-Felting Techniques
How to make the cutest little miniature animals, using just a few simple tools and some wool roving.
UK: Little Felted Animals

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Knitting Pattern – Seed stitch hat: aa020204

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The Yarn

I spun some hand dyed Corriedale top for this hat. It was spun at approx. 8 tpi and 12 wpi.

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Knitted Hat Pattern

Knit in the round on circular needles
Cast on 80 stitches

Rolled Brim:
Knit 8 rows

Purl 3 rows

Seed Stitch:

Row 1

Knit

Row 2

K1, P1

Row 3

Knit

Row 4

P1, K1

Continue knitting in Seed Stitch for a length of 5 inches:

Top Edge:

Knit 3 rows

To begin decreasing for the top of the hat, divide the hat into 8 equal portions:

Knit 9, K2 Together,
Repeat to end of row.

Next row – Knit.

Knit 8, K2 Together, repeat to end of row.

Next row – Knit

Knit 7, K2 Together, repeat to end of row.

Next row – Knit

Knit 6, K2 Together, repeat to end of row.

Next row – Knit

Knit 5, K2 Together, repeat to end of row.

Next row – Knit

Knit 4, K2 Together, repeat to end of row.

Next row – Knit

Knit 3, K2 Together, repeat to end of row.

Next row – Knit

Knit 2, K2 Together, repeat to end of row.

Next row – Knit

Break the yarn leaving about 6 inches of thread.

Using a darning needle, thread the yarn through the remaining stitches on the needle.

Pull the stitches together tightly and sew the remaining end in.

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Machine Felting

Now comes the scary part. To felt the hat, you will need to wash it in your washing machine. If you have a top loading machine, this process is a bit more controlled, as you can open the lid on the washer and check on the hat every few minutes. Since I’m now living in London, I only have a small side loading washer, that doesn’t open during the wash cycle.

Yes, this was nerve wracking, but I put the hat into the washer and added about a tablespoon of liquid washing detergent into the detergent loading tray. I set the washer to the gentlest setting, turned it on, and tried not to fret.

I did not add anything else to the washer – no other clothing, tennis balls, running shoes or other items. ‘When you add other things, it creates more agitation in the wash cycle, and causes the woollen item to felt more.

The end result was perfect!

Knitting Patterns

Shetland Squares Charts
Lichen Slippers
ABC’s
Raglan Sweater Pattern
Sarah Lund Jumper

Knitted Hat Patterns

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One-Piece Knits: 25 Seamless Patterns Knitted in the Round-Hats, Bags, Scarves, Sweaters, Mittens and More
Cats in Hats: 30 Knit and Crochet Hat Patterns for Your Kitty

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Handiscola Project: aa021504

Handiscola
Instructions for weaving baskets with birch bark (in .pdf format). The English translation begins on Page 11.

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Handiscola
Handiscola was an EU project that brought together participants from European countries to learn and increase appreciation for traditional handicrafts.

Ribbon Plaiting

Naalbinding
The downloadable .pdf file includes instructions for making mittens, a hat, a scarf, socks and a pouch for your mobile phone. And even has instructions for making a bone needle from a leg of an animal.

Felting
Instructions are given for making a bag, a ball and flat felt work.

Embroidery
Instructions for basic embroidery stitches and some lovely floral motifs.

Rug Weaving
History and details for how to weave a wool rya rug. Some of the other Handiscola projects included:

Ceramics

Bookbinding

One Log Boat

Wood Carving

The above .pdf documents are translated into several languages (English, Estonian, Greek, Hungarian and Latvian). I suggest that you browse through the complete documents before printing as good photos and images are scattered throughout the pages. Then print out just the pages that you need in your language.

The above links don’t seem to be active any more – so I have included copies of the pdf files here:

Birch Bark Basketry
Book Binding
Ceramics
Embroidery
Felting
Log Boatmaking
Nallbinding
Ribbon Plaiting
Rya Rugs
Wood Carving

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Book Store: Feltmaking Books

A hand picked selection of feltmaking pattern books and how-to instructions for the beginner and advanced felter.

Felting Fibres Inspiration
A lovely notebook to record your felting ideas.

Uniquely Felt
UK: Uniquely Felt

Feltmaking (The Art of Crafts)
Clear step-by-step instructions to make a series of projects, from beginner to masterclass and on the way you will learn about sheep and wool, the historical and anthropological background to feltmaking, and its mythology.
UK: Feltmaking

Felting – The Complete Guide
Combine painting and sculpture, wrap it up in the delightful texture of wool, and you have felting.
UK: Felting

Little Felted Animals: Create 16 Irresistible Creatures with Simple Needle-Felting Techniques
How to make the cutest little miniature animals, using just a few simple tools and some wool roving.
UK: Little Felted Animals

Kindle Feltmaking

Quick And Clever Felting
Kindle Edition
range of easy-to-follow techniques including needle felting, wet felting, fulling and using store-bought felt fabric are explored though projects such as jewelry, flower corsages, bags, slippers, cushions and more.
UK: Quick and Clever Felting
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