Felt Basket #3

Yes, I made another felt basket. this one is with some Bergschaf Tyrollean wool I got from Lituania when it was on sale and had free shipping to boot. I don’t know if its the same as the Bergschef that DHG sells.  https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/532965567/one-of-the-best-wool-for-wet-felting?ref=shop_home_active_7&frs=1&crt=1

I used a little over 300 grams.

I repaired the resist from the last basket with some sheep duct tape.

The wool was in a bat as you can see. I  am not used to working with them. But even with splitting it and fiddling to make it all even, it was faster to lay out.

 

I rubbed a bit and then rolled it as usual until it was shrinking then cut it out and cut the handle. I didn’t realize how much it had shrunk until I pulled out the resist. this blue foam is much softer than the white I get and you don’t feel it bunching up the same way.

I have a washboard for rolling on but this was t wide for it. I have a great car floor mat that works great. it has a great texture. I wrap the piece in some plastic to protect the surface while I roll.

I also beat the basket into a nice round shape after blowing up a 24-inch beach ball inside it. Beating it with a pool noodle worked great.

I popped it outside to be another alien.

When it was dry I decided it had not been fulled enough. I wet it down and put it in the dryer with some bumpy balls. It shrank some more.

I dried it on a 20-inch beach ball this time. It is nice and sturdy now.

Not great pictures but it is thundering and we are about to get a downpour so I had to be quick about snapping a couple of pictures.

the handle is quite straight across when I roll it up. I think I may have to steam it and let it cool in a rounder shape.  Also, it is quite hairy. part of that may be the fulling with the bumpy balls. Tennis balls would have been a better choice, I think.

Anyway, I like it but the next step will be to try doing what they do for felt carpets in the middle east. use a blow torch to burn off the fuzziness. I was hoping to have pictures of that for you today but I have run out of time. so hopefully next week you will have some pictures of me trying that.  Anyone else ever tried to burn off the fuzzies?

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12 Responses to Felt Basket #3

  1. Lindsay Wilkinson Artwork says:

    The basket is looking great, Ann. I have seen blow torch burning of fuzz demonstrated and it worked really well. I suppose you just have to go carefully so you burn the fuzz (then buff off the burned stuff with a cloth) and not the felt. I don’t have a blow torch so,I haven’t tried it myself so will be interested to see how you get on.

  2. annielynrosie says:

    Your alien is so cute! We’d love to see the finished basket.

    Good luck with the burning – it should be ok as wool fibres are very resistant to catching fire.

  3. ruthlane says:

    Another nice basket, Ann. I have not tried to burn off fuzzies but I used a heat gun to dry my pickle and it actually worked to burn them off. I was surprised.

  4. Looking forward to seeing your final touches. I have burned off fuzz for a brooch, but the wool needs to be damp. I am learning that the more you roll, the less fuzzy the work is, but that is probably also the nature of your wool, which I do think is the same as what DHG sells.

    • Thanks, I will keep a spray bottle close to hand. Yes, rolling helps with the fuzziness. Aggressive fulling makes for more. This was quite aggressive. I was using spiky massage balls and some dog toy imitations.

  5. Antje says:

    Ann your latest basket is great. I look forward to seeing how you finish it with the dyeing etc.
    What size Did it end up? I can’t find the dimension of your resist, to work it out.

    Ruth’s suggestion of the heat tool is one I must try. We learn so much here.

    • Thanks Antje. The basket is 18.5 inches laying flat. I blew up a 20 inch ball in it after the final fulling. hopefully I will have a defuzzed colourful basket for the next post.

  6. Karen Lane says:

    I work with Bergschaf and so often burn off the fuzzies using a candle Ann…it’s a very smelly process so best done outdoors or with the windows open!! Looking forward to seeing the end result.

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