|Cobweb felt using Wensleydale wool roving|
|Cobweb felt using Merino wool roving|
To make the cobweb felt , I took a hank of the roving and placed it on the bubble wrap on my work table with the bubbles up. Using my hands I spread out the wool to a size 35% larger than the final size I wanted. I made sure that the wool was spread fine with lots of open spaces. I added embellishments to the top third of the each piece including using pieces of wool yarn hanging off the edge.
Using a ball brauser, I wet out the wool with warm water and liquid soap. I covered it with another piece of bubble wrap with the bubbles down. I rubbed the package with my hands and then used the electric sander to agitate the package. When using the sander, I always use caution, wear rubber soled shoes and use one of those heavy duty orange electric cords.
I then used a pool noodle and rolled the package for 2 minutes. I opened the package and rotated the two curtains and rerolled. I repeated this for all 4 sides. I then rolled without the pool noodle but with the bubble wrap, then rolled it on it's own. I then used hot water to bunch it up and throw it on the table periodically opening it and re-stretching it.
Once felted and fulled, I rinsed the two curtains and put it in the spinner to remove the excess water. I then ironed them. I hung them in my bathroom on thin rods. I was going to sew a pocket to thread the rod through but decided to just loop the curtain over the rod with the yarn pieces hanging loose.
I am so pleased with the curtains. They let in so much light and although they have holes, they still allow for complete privacy.
|Roman glass used for embellishment|