How to Felt a Bobbled Scarfletcomments (5) October 8th, 2008
Last week I showed you how to make different textures with felt, and this tutorial takes it a step further to turn your felting experiments into wearable art. A fuzzy scarflet makes a perfect gift and it's also sure to be a conversation starter. I made my first textured, felted scarf when a colleague of mine was about to throw her hand-knit, felted pieces in the garbage (she was designing a cat bed, but the large pieces didn't felt the way the swatch did). I still wear it, and it always gets lots of compliments. If you gather enough sweaters and pebbles, you might just take care of your whole holiday list with one load of laundry.
To get started, you'll need:
- One wool sweater that felts (do a test-run with a swatch from the sleeve)
- 100–200 small glass marbles, pebbles, hazelnuts, or other round shapes that can be put through the wash
- Rubber bands
- Washing machine with agitator
- Old pair of jeans
- Sewing machine
- Three large buttons
First, you'll need to cut out the section to use for your scarflet. I cut off a 14-inch-wide band starting at the bottom of the sweater. Start rubber-banding pebbles into the sweater about 3 inches from the edge. Fill up the sweater with lines of rubber-banded pebbles until the pebbled section is at least 8 inches wide.
Next, place your pebbled sweater into a mesh garment bag. Put it in the washer with an old pair of jeans, and set the washer to hot wash/cool rinse. Add a spoonful of detergent and run the washer. Check the progress, and put the scarf through another cycle or two (I used three cycles for mine) until the sweater is felted as desired. The body of the scarflet should shrink up while the pebbled areas stay stretched. You may lose a few pebbles in the process, but don't freak out—no one will notice on the finished scarflet, since the pebble-less bobble will just further felt into a closed dot.
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