Thursday, November 29, 2012

It's A Baby Boom! Wet-Felted Play Mats- Part 4 of 5

Carefully trimming holes in the felt behind the 'extensions'.

 
Notice the nylon stitches, holding the pre-felt tube or cone in place.

 
Never fear...the knots in the yarn that I placed at the project back...

 
...will be trimmed a bit shorter after felting.



Adding plastic and foam resists within the 'extensions'... 
 
...to keep them from felting together, flat...

...or felting into the white mat.



The piece begins to shrink and thicken during felting...
 
...and now the fulling begins!

(Looks a bit like a jellyfish, here, doesn't it?) :)

 
After stitching the cones and tubes to the mat surface...

...I trimmed circles of felt from the project back.

To keep the 'extensions' patent during the final felting...

...I filled each hole with pieces of thin plastic or foam.

Next time: the finished play mats...

...in all of their convertible glory! :)

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14 comments:

Loco Lindy said...

This is AMAZING, Heather!!!!! I love it, and I'm sure most any baby would. Unfortunately, the parents of our new grandson are more into the manufactured sort of toys, and their other grandparents smother him in plastic... And the gorgeous felted baby quilt I made him? Never to be seen or heard of again!!!! Sorry to vent here, but I don't think the family is likely to see this!!!!! Hope you have a great day, it will ne a lucky baby to receive this play mat :)

Rachel said...

These are such fascinating pieces - entertaining for you to make (I hope!) and also for the infants who will receive them!

Heather Woollove said...

Lindy--That's heartbreaking...all of your hard work and loving intentions...sighhh.
(I'm honestly not sure how well these gifts were received, either. It's usually not a good sign when you have to 'explain' a gift.) :) XXO-
Rachel--Lots of fun to make...and hopefully fun for the babies. (One day, I'll get a chance to try them out on my own grandbabies!)

FeltersJourney said...

Some babies are REALLY going to enjoy exploring these :)
xx

Sandie Knapp said...

I am definitely intrigued, and can't wait to see the finished play mat. From what I can see, it looks like something most babies would be fascinated with as well. Bright colors and odd shapes to grab onto. What's not to like? :)

Heather Woollove said...

Deborah--I hope so!! XO--
Sandie--Hahaha...that was my plan, anyway! :)

Rene Sharp said...

Oh, wow!!!!!

Heather Woollove said...

Rene--Thanks so much!

Cathy said...

Your felting projects are always fun and inspiring, great work!

Heather Woollove said...

Cathy--Thank-you!

Crafty Gardener said...

Very interesting play mats.

Heather Woollove said...

CG--Thanks!!

AllyB said...

Your process is fascinating. I'm really looking forward to seeing your finished project.

Heather Woollove said...

Ally--Thanks!!