January Yellow :: Kissing Sweater

I heard about wool roving projects and I just wasn't sure if it was my kind of project.  However, I've tried knitting and it just never sticks.  Felting wool using wool roving seemed like a good way to feel a little like I'm knitting (I'm at least transforming wool) without the actual knitting part.  

Turns out this project is crazy simple.  It takes a while.  But it's super easy.  Super easy!  I have a few tips to make sure your project turns out great :: 

1. Start with a small amount of roving.  You can add more but you cannot take it away once it's 'felted.'
2. Be careful around the felting needles.  Store them in a coffee swizzle so you don't stick yourself.
3. Plastic cookie cutters make excellent forms because your needle won't break on them like they could on a metal one.  
4. You can do this project on a wool sweater (ideally) or place a piece of wool felt on the inside of a cotton sweater.  
5.  Your sweater is now hand wash.  Proceed with caution.  Otherwise the wool will continue to shrink and pull the sweater in with it.  

You'll need
Wool roving
Felting needle
Plastic cookie cutter
Foam block
Wool felt

Step 1 :: Choose your placement on the sweater and place the foam block on the inside of the sweater under where the design will be.

Step 2 :: Place cookie cutter on top of the sweater – on top of the foam block.

Step 3 :: Tear (never cut!) a small amount of wool roving and fan it out to create ‘butterfly wings’ (that means super see through piece)

Step 4 :: Place wool roving in cookie cutter shape and pierce the roving with a felting needle starting on the edges and working your way in.  Continue until the entire design has been created.

Step 5 :: Add more roving if needed to define the shape.  Do not add too much at a time or your design will become three dimensional quickly.

Step 6 :: When your design is finished, gently hand wash the design with mild soap and warm water.  Dry flat.

Step 7 :: Iron design on the wool setting.

One day I will learn how to knit.

Alexandra HedinComment