Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wet-Felted Door Stop: Part One

 

 

 

 


At my request, my wonderful and enthusiastic bf J...

...took a can of WD-40 (water-displacing spray) to all of my squeaky door hinges a few months back.

Unfortunately, the one which separates the kitchen from the dining room...

...now glides quietly shut, instead of staying propped open like before.

I've been using a shoe to hold it open...

...but realized the other day that I 'had the technology' to make something nicer. Grin.

After thinking about the shape and size that I wanted it to have...

...I cut a foam underlayment resist 1 & 1/2 times larger than I wanted my finished project to be.

I made a yellow handle by folding a piece of roving into thirds...

...and needle-felting the middle section flat.

After covering the resist with a layer of wool on both sides...

...I splayed the dry ends of the handle and, using soap glue, stuck the handle to the top of the resist...

...folding one half of the dry area forward and the other half back.

I covered the resist with a second layer of wool...

...making sure that I used special care (and a little more fiber) around the 'attachment points' of the handle.

Because the handle wasn't felted prior to attachment...

...I had to be a little careful to keep it from felting into the green piece.

If you make one of these...

...you may want to take the time to felt the center section of your handle a bit first.

After felting for some time (until it passed the 'pinch test')...

...I removed the resist by making a curved cut with a pair of sharp scissors.

I had spent some time considering where best to make the cut...

...on the bottom so it was hidden? At the top for easy filling?

As you'll see in Part Two...

...the cut became part of the overall design.


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3 comments:

Kelly said...

Interesting :) I am anxious to see how this works out, and what you fill it with. A few months back I made a door stop out of a huge felted rock. I saw one on the blog Daily Felt that had a felted mushroom. I love my mushroom rock! :)

Heather said...

Kelly: What a good idea! I used dried beans in mine, and I probably would use 2 pounds instead of 1 if I did it again, since, although it holds the door open, it probably should be a bit heavier.

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