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.
Plastic cookie cutter
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.