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.
This is a project to felt and sew a hand felted cushion cover.
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.
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.
Date: August 10, 2012
Big O Games
Have you been watching the Olympics?
Some enthusiatic knitters got into a bit of trouble with their knitting.
Spears Weaving Loom
I found this lovely little child’s loom on Ebay. It’s perfect for weaving small tapestries.
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.
I also purchased a kit for making a handfelted purse.
A free knitting pattern for a hat knit in seedstitch,
Handiscola - an EU funded project to teach historic Finnish textile crafts.
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.
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.