I realized that not all of my children have felted before, and decided we ought to have a felting party. I have this silly amount of wool roving in colors that I don’t really like. I ordered it many years ago from Weir dolls and honestly I am not sure what I ordered it for. Over the years I have made a bunch of cat toys with it, but that’s about it. I am not a huge fan of wet felting because of the whole raisin effect on my hands, but I thought my kids would enjoy a go at it, and I was right.
Larkspur has been so anxious to do this ever since I mentioned it a few days ago. She was the first at the table, ready to go.
I filled two large plastic tubs with hot soapy water, and then Jonny added one pot of really hot water. There are no exact measurements here, just hot water and a bunch of dish soap.
The original idea was to make the old standby, felt balls. But we really are all about the process around here, and my kids ended up making a variety of objects. I just want them to enjoy what they are doing and explore with the tools I give them.
The wool is shaped and then dipped into the hot soapy water and then manipulated with the hands to facilitate the felting process and create whatever you want really. I am no expert at this which doesn’t really matter for our purposes. I view felting as modeling with wool. My kids adore working with clay, so it only makes sense that they would enjoy wet felting.
Seth told me several times that this is the “best craft ever!” He got all crazy and started making felt bowls with lids and lots of other creations. Keats made a felt tsunami. He has a thing for tsunamis. He makes them with all sorts of mediums so I wasn’t surprised that he made one today.
Larkspur made “fairies with wings.” (use your imagination)
Keats made some nice felt balls. His work is typically very neat and orderly.
All of the children claimed that many of the items they made were for Beatrix, which is pretty sweet. She’s going to have a great birthday with all these handmade gifts!
Soon the weather will be too cold for these outdoor creativity sessions, so I am taking advantage of our last warm days!