Wool felt balls in various stages of completion.
A few years ago, a kind farmer friend I know let me have a whole huge sheep fleece. I spent an entire summer washing, and picking and cutting the pieces I could salvage so that I could try my hand at dying the wool with plants growing in our yard. Now, this fleece isn't good enough for spinning (something I have tried a tiny little bit, but plan on doing some more this year) but it is fantastic for stuffing things, and I thought we would try some felting with it.
Carding...this took two nights due to attention span issues :)
This picture was not, in fact, posed. The cat kept following us wherever we moved the fleece to. And laying down on it, beside it, eating it...you name it. That big cheese box in the back...that's what I keep my fleece in.
What? People don't keep their fleece in a cheese box? :)
We both did a bit of the needle felting to get the fleece into a rough ball shape, and not so loose. This is our first real attempt at felting so we were kind of testing things out as we went along.
We moved on to wet felting. The tutorials on the internet said to alternate hot water and cold water and use plenty of dish soap. So that's what we tried...note: this plus a nine year old makes a mess...a happy mass, but a mess none the less.
Make sure you get plenty of lather going...
...put your hands in this very essential formation...
..and blow very gently.
This is a very important step in the wet felting process. It must be, considering the amount of time that was spent on this step alone.
Which is why, only two balls are felted, and a few are partially felted, and at least one..not at all felted.
Good thing we have time on our hands.
I just turned around and the cat has made off with all but the largest unfelted ball. Hmmm. He has been playing with the two finished ones for a few weeks. They are a big hit.
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Today I am thankful for: our lovely town library...I got quite the haul this week, and projects lined up.