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Make Felt

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Making felt is an ancient art which is simple and effective. You can purchase "roving" (loose sheep's wool) at most craft, fabric or knitting shops - it's fun to buy several colors to make rainbow felt like I made here. I plan to make this piece into a butterfly.

Finished felt piece

Time: 30 minutes (depending on the size of your piece)

3-4 handfulls roving (loose sheep's wool)
1 large piece of bubble wrap
1 tea towel
1 cup (approximately) warm soapy water

Place your tea towel flat on a table top.
Place your bubble wrap flat on top of your tea towel.

One piece of roving laid flat

Lay thin tufts of roving down on top of your bubble wrap - make sure they are facing in the same direction.

First layer laid out

Lay your second layer of on top of the first layer - make sure this payer is facing the other direction, so the fibres are at right angles and will "felt" together more effectively.

Place the second layer on top

Wet the wool with warm soapy water to "shock" it into submission. This can be done easily with a spray bottle.

Add some "embellishments" if you wish

When the wool is completely wet, roll the bubble wrap and the tea towel into a long sausage shape.

Wet the wool

Roll fifty times (best done on a cooler day).

Roll it up in a tea towel

Unroll the teatowel and bubble wrap and turn ninety degrees. Roll it up again and roll fifty times.
Repeat twice more or until all the wool fibres are felted together - you should easily be able to pick up the piece by now.
Rinse and dry.
Now you've made your own piece of soft delicate felt (you can add more layers at the beginning to make it thicker and stronger).

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