Monday, May 21, 2012

"Stash-Busting" Cat Bed- Part 1 of 2

Needle-felting together strips of art batts...

 
...lots and lots of batts!



Cutting up bits of 'ribbon roving' and partially felted bits from a failed project.
 
Beginning the jelly roll...

 
...and making it larger...

 
...and larger!



The layout, just prior to wetting out... 
 
...and just after.

 
In April, while anticipating the Sheep and Wool Festival in May...

...I took stock of my stash and put on my 'thinking cap'. :)

From a huge pile of mediocre rovings...

...I carded lots and lots of multi-colored batts.

I also found some leftover commercial roving...

...that had been overheated while dyeing, and was quite 'ribbon like' in appearance.

From another bag, I pulled out a few brown, partially felted wiggly bits...

...that had started life as part of a failed scarf.

After cutting the batts into wide strips...

...I wound them into a spiral...

...adding snippets of 'ribbon roving' and wiggly bits as I went along.

Next time: how I shaped the finished felt into a bed...

...and the obligatory 'cute cat' photos! :)

Posted by Picasa

8 comments:

Rachel said...

That's an inventive use for bits and pieces!

Heather Woollove said...

Rachel--I figured that my kitties wouldn't notice how 'colorful' it is!! :)

Angela said...

whatever I give my cats to sleep on they still prefer cardboard boxes. I can't wait to see how you finish it, I might give this a go especially as it'll help my stash busting.

Алевтина said...

Heather, thanks for the great idea! Now I know one more way how I can use all cuts (batts?) from previous projects!
(Alevtina)

Kathryn Ray said...

I can't help but think that this might be the felting equivalent of frogging and re-knitting.

I'm looking forward to seeing a very cozy kitty. :-)

Heather Woollove said...

Angela--I know what you mean! Mine like laundry that I've worn and thrown down for washing, or paper boxes or bags. They've been sleeping in the bed a lot lately, though, too, so I'd have to call it a success! :)
Alevtina--Yes...you should try one...I say, the weirder the color combinations, the better! :)
Kathryn--Hahaha...you're absolutely right! Using up old bits of partially or fully felted work in a new project is exactly like frogging and re-knitting!!! I never thought of it like that before!!

Terrie said...

Looks like a ready made pizza.

Heather Woollove said...

Terriea--Hahaha...you're right!! XXO-