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?