Hello there! I'm Kathleen, a former art teacher and co-creator of two young boys. I'm perpetually in search of creative ways to spice up our daily lives, and always in search of a good cup of coffee and a knitting project. Join us in our adventures in making and doing, and making do.
One of the last handmade touches for the baby's nursery that I finally finished this week was a felt mobile, and I love how it turned out!
Felting is one of my favorite art forms, and over the years I've created many kinds of things by agitating, hot, wet wool (kinky, I know) and shaping it into different things. This time, I used wool (which I buy pre-dyed and ready to work with from here) and felted around a wooden embroidery hoop.
I got out a basin, added a bit of dish soap and some really hot water, then shaped the dry wool around the hoop.
Using my hands, I gently wet the wool and agitated it, rubbing it around to make the fibers stick together. I also let Soren play too, though not with really hot water.
Kids love this!
Once the fibers started to felt together, I wrapped some more wool around the hoop
then I wrapped some mesh around it to hold it in place and continued to rub the hoop.
After quite a few minutes, it became nicely felted to the wooden hoop and would be great for stringing felt beads onto.
Soren and I made some of the beads, but I also used some that I had bought for another project. You can find lots of pre-made wool beads on Etsy and at other online retailers. They're wonderful for those of you wanting to work with felt but not wanting to buy a huge bag of wool.
I think the mobile looks spectacular, and I'm imagining the delight when the baby lies in the crib, looking up at what his/her mama (and brother!) created.
For some of my other felting posts, click here, here, or here.