The crafting bug has hit hard. I don't know if it's the fall weather, enticing me to curl up with some knitting, or my newly found addiction to those image linkies that appear on so many craft blogs and have tons of fall craft inspiration on them. Regardless, I've been itching to make some fall decor for the house, starting with a felted wool table runner.
- Wool roving (carded, combed and dyed. I buy this from Halcyon Yarn)
- Felting mat (or nubby shelf liner)
- dish soap
- hot water
- old sheer curtain
- bath towels
- felting stone (optional) or two plastic bags
Put a large bath or beach towel down on your working surface (in my case, the kitchen table). Lay your felting mat out on a large table, making sure the textured side is down. The texture on the mat will help agitate the wool fibers and allow them to felt. Depending on the size of the piece you want to make, you'll need a mat and surface that is slightly bigger than your finished size (felt shrinks). Rather than a true felting mat, I used some nubby, bumpy shelf liner that I bought at IKEA on clearance.
Begin to layer your wool, mixing colors as you go.
Once the first layer is completed, start a second layer making sure to lay the wool out perpendicularly to the first layer. In this case I chose to use plain brown wool
Keep adding layers, making sure each layer is laid out perpendicularly to the previous one. I ended up making 4 layers. You should do at least 4 to get a nicely felted piece of wool.
Once the wool sandwich is completed, lay the old sheer sheet on top.
Start from the middle and work your way out to the sides. The wool will compact down quite a bit.
Keep adding more hot water (about 1/4 cup at a time), and rubbing.
Here's a peek beneath the curtain.
Once the layers have significantly flattened and are not shifting around, you can remove the curtain.
Once you're happy with the results, it's time to move onto the fulling process.
PS. How do you like those little votives? I just covered votive holders with paper from an old book and wrote "boo" on them with a Sharpie.