/ by: RoseHoffaQuilts

Hello Old Friend

My old friend Mishap stopped by to see me today. Actually he popped by yesterday too, but since I ignored him and proceeded full steam ahead things really got messy. Somehow failure never seems to stop me, as now it will be be a big laugh for a while and then in the end I’ll be right back on it trying to make it right. Anyway… here’s what happened.

I got it in my head I was going to do some felted slippers for my husband for Christmas. Well, it sounded really good in theory. There is an awful lot of wool to use in my basement and wet felting seems very fun. I read through several books and decided that yes, wet felting was the way to go. Ok – so I really wanted to do wet felting around a mold, but that seemed rather difficult, so why not just make a few pieces of flat felt cut them out and sew them together. Again – great in theory. Well, after the initial craziness of the wet felting – nearly threw my arm out in the hardening stage and sending into the washer, which I read online you can do – I failed to get to the part where you’re supposed to wrap it in an old sheet to stablize it. Again whoops…I probably should’ve went back to the drawing board. Did that happen, well no. Not even when I did have to make more than a few pieces of felt to get it right, but hey… again thought nothing of it. After the felt was done – I proceeded to cut out and attempt a slipper. The initial results didn’t look so bad, but then when I had him try it on it was a reverse flip-flop. Hmm… that wouldn’t work. So I tried to take the stitches out and shorten it a bit – but that got even uglier. So now this is what I have and some very lousy cut up felt I made… oh yeah and a decent laugh. However, felt I’m not done with you… back to the drawing board on this one and more practice in wet felting.

another mishap 12-24-2007 10-42-01 PM

So that’s my tale this fine Christmas Eve… I really should stick to knitting and spinning the stuff, but I won’t. I’m hard headed that way. So have a egg nog for me and wish my friend Mishap well on his way home… hopefully I won’t see him again for a long while, but you never know. Stay tuned it’s just one fiber adventure after another around here. (lol)

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  • Ah, yes, I have been there with the wet felting, nothing teaches you quite like experience. LOL Did you try felting it against something corrugated, like a bamboo place mat? Or, going over the wet felted piece with a felting needle? 🙂 Just running through ideas… LOL

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    1. Rissa 25 December - 2007

      Ah, yes, I have been there with the wet felting, nothing teaches you quite like experience. LOL Did you try felting it against something corrugated, like a bamboo place mat? Or, going over the wet felted piece with a felting needle? 🙂 Just running through ideas… LOL