Friday, November 23, 2012

It's A Baby Boom! Wet-Felted Play Mats- Part 1 of 5

Laying out layers of white roving in the shape of a rounded-off square.

 
Making 'dreads' using wool roving and a sushi mat...



...lots and lots of 'dreads'... 
 
...in lots of bright colors!

 
Attaching a number of 'dreads' (plus one loop) to the edges of the first white square...

 
...and to the second.

 
Wetting out the piece...

 
...and turning it into a pre-felt by partially felting it...

...and then letting it dry.

 
There must be 'something in the water' at work, lately...

...since we currently have a 'baby boomlet' going on!!

Needing three baby gifts for co-workers...

...I thought about some of the things I learned from Marjolein Dallinga in our worshop in August...

...and came up with this project.

After laying out rough squares of white roving...

...I attached colorful 'dreads' to the perimeter of each mat.

Because babies like to hold onto loops...

...(or hang things from them)...

...I included a felt loop on each play mat as well. :)

Next time: some hand-sewing...

...with synthetic yarn in bright colors.

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11 comments:

Алевтина said...

Wow! Looks interesting. I will keep watching the process, sure it turned out to be somethign outstanding.

Heather Woollove said...

Alevtina--It was a really enjoyable project to make, even though it involved lots of steps. XO-

Cathy said...

That is such a fun and interesting project and it turned out beautifully!

WonderWhyGal said...

Yes, I know a lot of people having babies too. Yikes! Looking forward to seeing the finished project.

Karen said...

Oh what a great idea Heather, they'll make really nice baby gifts and something yummy and soft for them to chew on :)

Heather Woollove said...

Cathy--You're welcome to check back for the next several posts...it gets better!! :)
Andrea--Hahaha...yikes? Could there be another little bear in your future?!? :)
Karen--I think so, too! All natural, right?!? :)

Kathryn Ray said...

Excited to see how this progresses... We have a few babies coming soon in our family too.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

AllyB said...

Amazing! I love the colors.

Heather Woollove said...

Kathryn--Thanks for your holiday wishes! XO
Ally--Stay tuned...it gets even more colorful as it goes along! :)

Rachel said...

More lovely colours - what fun!

Heather Woollove said...

Rachel--I know that they say black and white shapes and swirls, etc., are good for babies, but I can't resist making them something just bursting with colors!! :) XO-