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A Gift for My Husband

A Gift for My Husband

I got my husband a ceramic mug/glass for Valentine’s Day. It doesn’t have a handle though and when you put coffee in it, the mug is too hot to pick up or hold.

beloved cup

Since the purpose of the mug was for his coffee every morning, it made my gift not very practical. So felt to the rescue!

cozy resist web

I have made  a lot of felted cup cozies or sleeves but this needed a bit taller version. This is one of the resists that I usually use and generally, I lay the wool out to the edge of the lines. The top just happens to be curved because it was a scrap piece of foam that I used.

cozy layout web

Since I wanted this sleeve to be taller, I covered most of the resist, ignoring the lines.

cozy wet down web

Here’s how it looked after one layer of horizontal wool layout. I only did two layers all together.

cozy layout wet down web

And here is the wet down, finished layout. Now I needed to add a bit of embellishment but not too much since I didn’t want it to look “too girly”.

cozy circles added web

So I decided on some lime green circles. I just used roving and shaped it into different sized circles. It probably would have been more exact if I had made prefelt and then cut out the circles but I decided I didn’t want to take the extra time.

cozy felting web

Here it is after rubbing and felting and removing the resist. Still needs to be fulled down to size.

And here it is on the ceramic mug/glass. It’s a snug fit and works great for holding a hot drink now. The only issue is that the design on the mug no longer shows at all. Seems kind of silly to have purchased a mug for its design and then no longer being able to see it.

Felt Phone and Drink Sleeves

Felt Phone and Drink Sleeves

It seems like a long time since I have felted anything. I needed more phone and drink sleeves to sell at the store so I made four of each.

Felted Phone Sleeves

I make two sizes of phone sleeves since phones are such different sizes these days. These are the smaller ones. I don’t spend a lot of time on the designs as I want to keep these affordable to sell.

The blue sleeve has wool and silk noil, the orange one has dyed flax for the “branches”, the circles on the purple one is from hand made prefelt that actually had two layers of color, light and dark blue, and the floral one is wool, locks and silk throwster’s waste.

Felted Drink Sleeves

Since I had the fibers all ready there, I decided to make matching drink sleeves. Maybe then someone will buy both so they can have matching felt accessories!

So these are made with the same fibers as the phone sleeves. I got everything all labeled and into the store in time for the holiday shopping season. I am in the process of over dyeing some silk and rayon scarves that hadn’t sold to see if I can get them sold. These will also go into the store. Are you making things to sell for the holiday season? I would love to hear about what you’re making so leave a comment or show us on the forum.

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