Saturday, January 14, 2012

Wet Felted Mittens- Part 2 of 2


Laying out layers of blended wool fibers on my newly modified mitten resist.


The art batts that I used this time were mostly dark, with bits of bright colors.


Cutting the mittens apart, mid-felting, and removing the resist.


The finished, 'very manly' mittens, front and back...


...and front and front...


...and front and back, again.


The back sides with bits of red showing from the variegated roving.


Before I made this second pair of mittens...

...I adjusted my resist pattern a bit.

The new one is a bit shorter in the 'fingers area'...

...and I made the 'thumb part' a little less bulbous, too. :)

Since I was using rather dark roving this time (again for a man's gift)...

...I decided to place a 'pop of color' red stripe on each mitten front (for fun).

These can be cuffed, if desired...

...but since I used dark roving throughout (not white for the lining this time)...

...I prefer these just the way they are. :)

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14 comments:

WonderWhyGal said...

I like how those turned out. I've made a couple of mittens and, of course, got frustrated because I couldn't get my resist shape right. I have some felt projects gone bad that I am tempted to cut and whip stitch into Frankenstein mittens...of course that would require sewing ;-)

Pumpkin said...

Again, it is so fun and fascinating to watch the process that you go through to produce one of your projects. I don't know of anyone else who is even doing this kind of work. But it is all amazingly beautiful (especially these mittens!) and I cannot wait to see what you dream up next!

Patty Biermans said...

I love them! But the way you made the pictures it looks just if they are dancing, if you scroll down fast :))) Funny!! hugzz...peebee

Heather Woollove said...

Andrea--Hahaha...'sewing'...heaven forfend!! :)
Pumpkin--Thank you so much...you are very kind.
Peebee--Now that you mention it, they do look like dancing mittens! You always help me to see something new, my friend!!

Melissa Plank said...

Wow, how completely amazing! You can make anything! I love your felted mittens, they are so fun and warm looking! How do you figure out what size to make the resist?

Rachel said...

They do look good, chunky and warm!

Heather Woollove said...

Melissa--My friend, Linda, started me off with a single mitten template that she used in a 'pre-felt mitten' class.
Honestly, though, if you just draw around your closed, flat hand (thumb extended), leaving about 1 & 1/2 inches all around, you will have the basic size and shape.
I made my resist template with both mittens attached by a (wide) cuff area, just to make the felting easier and more uniform.
Rachel--Yes...these are a bit thicker and warmer than the blue pair.

Fiona said...

Mmmmmmm....they look so cozy, Heather! I love the pop of red...especially as it picks up the small amounts of red in the variegated wool....Loved the "dancing mittens idea"...and yes I did scroll fast up and down a few times, to get the animation! :)

Alittlebitsheepish said...

These look super warm and cosy

Heather Woollove said...

Fiona--Thanks! I'm glad you like the red. I was aiming for something that wouldn't be too 'perfect' or symmetrical, since these are for a man, but then I was afraid that it just looked like I messed up. :(
ALBS--Thanks so much!

Terrie said...

So warm with it. We're cold here. Another pair of wonderful mittens. Loving it.

Heather Woollove said...

Terrie--Yes...this pair is definitely warmer than the first...and it's cold here now, too!

Sandie Knapp said...

Boy do they look thick and warm? Do they fit nicely, and snug, or loose? You might not get too much use of them this year, but there are many more Winters ahead, and they look sturdy enough to wear for a good long time. :)

Heather Woollove said...

Sandie--The blue ones are snug through the wrist and the dark ones are less so. They both have room in the 'hand' parts. The layout of the wool (direction) really made a difference in how they came out.