My home is chaos right now, complete and utter chaos so I have closed the door to the lounge and am now back in bed in my very bare bedroom taking a bit of time out from the last of the packing!
We are so nearly there, and I realised today that we will be in our new home one week from today. I’m a mixture of excited, nervous, sad and relieved right now, but very much looking forward to the moment we open the front door of our new temporary home!
So today I thought I might post about the latest thing I am very excited about! MACHINE FELTING!!!!! I have had a few mishaps but am definitely getting the hang of it now. My lovely Mum was making a bag to be entered in a Fibrecraft Guild competition recently (she won a prize for it too, yay Mum) and she decided to make one to felt. I should have taken a photo but I forgot, so maybe next time. As I was fascinated by her felted bag, I decided to have a try. Remember my One a Day kaleidescope blanket? I decided to stop making that, as I noticed that Raymond’s fur was getting stuck in it a lot, partly because it was too dense. I haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate cat fur getting stuck in things and on things so decided to stop because this blanket was going to be an enormous undertaking. Beautiful, but not worth the effort if it was going to be ruined with white fur and I’m hardly the first person in the world to change their mind on a project! So I decided to felt the kaleidescope blanket in the machine with the intention of making it into a little bag to keep my notions in.
I must say, it felted beautifully. However due to the thickness of the original fabric, it is soooooooo dense now it is almost too dense to make into a bag, so I think I will cut it into an oval shape and put it in Raymond’s bed. Obviously the blanket was destined to be full of white fur not matter what form it resulted in. So that was my first try at felting in the machine, the next time I decided to do something a bit different.
I’m not one for listening to advice, I usually just jump in there and give it a go, either fail miserably or succeed amazingly, so for my next felting project I decided to try it with a bigger hook to reduce the density and make it into a bag rather than a flat piece of work. I made a lovely rainbow purse and was very excited at the potential of having my hooks and bits and pieces living in a rainbow bag…
I popped it in the machine with a pair of jeans for agitation and put it on hot wash… so far so good…..
Until I took it out after a few “wishy-washys” and realised that everything was felting beautifully, except the yellow. Hmmmmm.
I was so sure I checked the label to make sure the yellow wasn’t machine washable but obviously it bloody was. That was OK however, as for some reason I had made a trapezium instead of a rectangle (jeez, where is my mind right now?) so it was an epic fail all-round!
Would you like to see the felty-non-felty a bit closer?
Oh dear! How about those excellent crochet skills? And just look at how perfectly machine washable that yellow is! Three times it went through the agitation part of the wash and not even a tiny bit of feltage!
By this stage I felt like I had things sussed. So I made a nice medium sized, double crochet purse with a normal sized hook and sent it through the washing machine. When it was dry, I sewed in a zip (by hand) and ended up with a fab little felted pouch which I am totally loving.
Ta da! I’m thrilled with this new and exciting dimension into fibrecraft and will show you properly with a step by step post what I got up to once I am settled into my new place and my washing machine arrives! Meanwhile, I’m trying to finish all my Christmas presents this week before I allow myself any more felting fun… it’s great incentive!
I think I’ve had enough time out now, so am going to face the mess again and push through! Wishing you much love and light,
from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX