June 26, 2011

Felted Mobile

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.

21 comments:

  1. Wow, what a great job on the mobile. It's stunning!

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  2. It's so beautiful, Kathleen! I bet you can't wait for your little one to be here!

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  3. Awesome job, mama! I'm back; call me.

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  4. Oh my goodness, I had to pin this post on pinterest. This is such a beautiful mobile, you did such a great job! Lovin' the mural too!

    Wow, 8 more days (give or take a few)!

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  5. Yay! These bright colors and simple shapes are great. I'm so glad you got this done before the baby came!

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  6. I love it!!! I played with felting soap for awhile, but didn't really get the hang of it right away. Then I realized that I didn't really like using the felted soap either, so gave it up! I like the mobile idea much better!

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  7. I love felting, your mobile looks great!

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  8. That is amazing...it's SO cool that big brother was in on the action! :)

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  9. Love it! Kinda has a retro vibe to it...at least to me it does =)

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  10. The mobile turned out well.

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  11. I love, love, love the mobile! You did such an awesome job...and when your baby starts focusing on things, that is going to be such an interesting and fun thing for he/she to look at! awesome!! One of these days, I am going to learn how to felt...I want to make those beautiful colorful acorns I saw on a few blogs last fall..I would love to make them!

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  12. Now that is just absolute cuteness!

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  13. I'm stopping by from Tatertots & Jello...I love the mobile! I haven't seen anything like this before. thanks for sharing!

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  14. So super cute! I love how simple and colorful it is!

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  15. oh it's perfect. i love the colors. lucky baby to look at something so pretty.

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  16. What a fun mobile. I love all of the colors too!!

    I featured it on my TT&J facebook page :)

    xoxo
    Jen

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  17. WOW!!! THis is really beautiful! What a lucky baby :)
    Just popping in from TT&J :)

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  18. So sweet! I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now: http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/07/tuesday-confessional-link-up-2.html. I hope to see you soon!
    ~Macy from Confessions of a SAHM

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  19. Great project! I just wanted to let you know that we featured this project on our Facebook page with over 17,000 fans. We’d love it if you’d use our Featured Blogger button, available at: http://www.dailycraft.com/thank-you-for-crafting/. Our audience loved the project and we look forward to sharing more from you. Please let us know if you have any questions or projects you’d love us to feature! Thanks!

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  20. oh my gosh, you have tula pink wall decals?! How/where did you get them?

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