Friday, July 29, 2011

bubble hands - felting with kids


I did a little felt-making with the kids yesterday.  The weather was hot and still and it seemed a good excuse to break out the bubbles and water.

The mighty 6 year old laid out his wool roving on a plastic bag I had cut open and placed on a bamboo mat that I picked up at the dollar store.  I had drilled some holes in the cap of a 2-liter bottle to act as a sprinkler and he used this to wet the piece.  This particular step was his favorite and was not confined to just the work in progress.  The dog, the toes, and the momma were all fair game with the sprinkler.



We added a couple of drops of soap and patted the wool for a bit to get it to start felting.  We then covered the scene with the flap of plastic bag, rolled up the mat securing it with rubberbands and rolled...


...and rolled...


...and rolled.  Bubble hands.


We occasionally unrolled the mat to turn the piece in different directions so it felted evenly, then opened it up and rubbed some more.




And here we have it, a tree in summer with dandelions, and best of all a boy who wants to make more felt.

Have a good weekend everybody.




9 comments:

Chelsea said...

ooooh! thanks for the tutorial!

Amy O'H. said...

Very cool- love the process, colors and end product! Also, that figured out a few to add a power tool to a felting process (holes int eh bottle caps;)! BTW- those bamboo mats are great for rolling sushi too!

Amy O'H. said...

Geesh- should have proofed. few= way.
int eh= in the

Tumus said...

oh that's really cool! Sometimes I forget how easy it is to felt something. All it takes is time!

susan christensen said...

Wow! How cool - love your use of D-store bamboo mat and recycle other tools. His finished felt is a delight!

Marilyn said...

like mother, like son...baby magic hands...:)

Philontilt said...

That is sooo awesome!

Barbara said...

Wonderful! Thanks for sharing the process you used. This looks like so much fun.

Peace!

Terrie said...

Well done sweet little boy. It's a perfect exercise in a hot summer day.

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