Session from 1-6 hours
We offer a goodly range:
The "flying saucer" model-
keeps your hot beverage hovering close at hand.
Our mid-size model - makes any seat comfortable.
BEDSIDE FOOT RUG
A gentle easy launch into the day!
Sittuppons, Series I
Instructor will provide felting form, a felting needle, and paperwork.
This ruglet is about 18" diameter, thick and chewy, with wool 'painted' designs.
NOTE: wetness! Don't wear your fancy shoes!
this design is halffelt, spotdyed and folded & cut out as a snowflake, then laid on dry wool and felted in.
Put a large sheet of thin plastic dropcloth over the hoop. This contains the water.
Now add quite a pile of teased raw wool. Mush it down with your hand to determine how thick the rug will be. It takes quite a bit for a thick rug.
Sprinkle down the wool a little with a squirt of dish detergent in a pitcher of hand-hot water. You want the wool damp enough to settle into the hoop, while the surface wool remains dry to best receive the design.
Those roses are pretty easy. My grandmother used to paint them looking like that by using oil paint applied thickly with a spatula... I use wool for paint, and yarn for 'pencil lines'-- not fussing over it, just laying the stuff down and letting it do what it will.
We all understand roses differently, so do allow yourself to create new varieties!
Dip a tuft of green wool in water. As you lift it out, it drips into
a leaf shape.
Get your hand a little soapy (with a cake of any old soap) so that
the wool won't stick to it, and mush the design down into the rug,
jiggling a little and lifting your hand carefully afterwards so the
design doesn't stick to it.
Now work lightly over the whole rug surface until a 'skin' forms, from the scales on the wool fiber shafts beginning to lock together.
Then work deeper, till it's about half felted* and can be moved gingerly without destruction-- rinse in bathtub/washing machine, spin/drip dry.
SLEEP ON IT for a week or 2 (see Vol II chapter on Passive Felting...) The alternative is to continue the felting process at the asterisk, perhaps rolling the rug around a closet pole or 3" pvc pipe of suitable length, tying it in a few places and rocking it back and forth and rerolling in a different direction every 100 rocks or so.
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