A few weeks ago we headed west to Three Creeks Farm for shearing day. It was a beautiful yet chilly spring day on the small farm.
While it was a busy day, I felt relaxed being in the countryside and I loved the sense of community with the other folks who came to help.
We all brought food to share and the girls ran free as we watched the sheep being sheared and then picked the fleece.
The latest edition of Action Pack is available for download today and it is filled with crafts, experiments, recipes and adventures all relating to WATER.
I created a wet-felting tutorial for the issue. Other projects that the girls and I want to try include experiments with water tension, ice lanterns, salt from sea water, and making natural water colors.
Last week we looked at roving and how to buy it. This week we will start wet felting with kids.
Children of all ages treasure feeling wool slowly meld to become an object – it is quite magical.
The natural fibers have such a rich texture that children become engrossed and tend to spend an amazing amount of time wet felting amazing creations.
Younger children will enjoy the process of feeling the felt in their hands, while school-aged children often focus on a tangible object they want to sculpt.
LET'S GET MAKING
To Prepare the Roving: Pull off layers of roving and roll it into a ball, pull off another layer of roving and wrap it in the opposite direction around your tiny object. Continue wrapping layers at 90 degrees angle to each other until you have an object about 2 inches in diameter.
To Prepare the Water: When I am felting on my own, I make my water as hot as possible. When I am felting with my girls, I make the water as warm as I think they are comfortable with. Mix in a generous squirt of dish liquid with the water. I have used many different varieties of dish soap from Dove to Meyers and Green Works and they all seem to work fine.
Getting Wet: Dunk the wrapped roving into the soapy water. Gently squeeze and shape. Shape into any shape you want. The roving will slowly begin to congeal and become smaller and harder. Repeat dunking, squeezing, rolling, squishing, and adding roving until you achieve your desired size and shape.
The act of felting tends to make this art-form more about the process than the outcome, especially for young children. Even so, there are few useful techniques that are fun for kids to learn:
Making felt balls
Using a mold
Creating flat felt
We will cover all of these projects over the next few weeks...
Ultimately, your children will never have cleaner hands. Ever.
IT'S FUN TO SHARE
If you have projects that you have already made, please add a link in the comment section so we can all have a look. And if you're motivated to make something inspired by the series, please send pictures to email@example.com. By becoming a fan of Curly Birds on facebook you'll be able to join in the fun.
Hello and welcome to my Beginner’s Guide to Felting! Several people have asked me to write tutorials on wet and needle felting and so here we go...
Let’s start at the beginning - with the alpacas, sheep, lamas and other small, wooly beasts.
FARMER FOR THE DAY
Visiting an alpaca, lama, or sheep farm is not only a fascinating day out, but it enables kids (and grown-ups) to see the wool process from start to finish.
From meeting the alpacas, to helping to clean the fiber and turn it into roving, my girls were ready to buy some wool and start creating.
Most of the wool you buy directly from a farm is not dyed. Roving is also available in many beautiful and rich colors and you can buy it locally from high-end wool or fabric shops. It is also widely available on-line.
The Felted Ewe is a wonderful resource for greater amounts of wool, and they ship world-wide.
I have created a Pinterest board with lots of lovely needle and wet felted ideas for you to look at. I will be continuing to update it with tutorials, ideas, and inspiration. You can follow the board here.
LET'S GET MAKING
We will explore both wet felting and needle felting techniques over the next few weeks and I'll post lots of tutorials for kids and adults along the way. By becoming a fan of Curly Birds on facebook you'll be able to join in the fun.
IT'S FUN TO SHARE
If you have projects that you have already made, please add a link in the comment section so we can all have a look. And if you're motivated to make something inspired by the series, please send pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grab some roving and let’s get making... I'll post the first project in a few days and it will be wet felting with kids.