Felt over Wire
A couple of years ago while thrift store shopping, I came across a cute little wire baby buggy. I set it aside hoping for a reason to use it.
It is 5″H x 5″ L x 2.5″ W (12.7 cm x 12.7 cm x 6.35 cm).
I made a resist with a 30% shrinkage rate added two layers of merino per side which I thought would be a nice thickness to cover the wire.
Her is the outside layer done and stretched over the form to dry.
There seemed to be plenty of extra felt around so I could turn it inside except for the very front of the buggy top.
I made the second layer and inserted it inside.
That was a little tricky since it was a tight fit for my fingers so I used my trusty scoop and crochet hooks to get it in position.
It was a tight fit and there wasn’t enough felt to overlap the front of the buggy top. I had planned to do a blanket stitch to join them but the cluster of wires on the top made it impossible to do that.
I wrapped the front with some roving I rolled into a rope, then basted the stitches together, but I didn’t like the way that looked.
So I glued the layers together both on the top and sides then pulled out the basting. Not a great plan either since I burned my fingers with the glue gun even though I was using a cuticle stick to push into place. If I had more pink roving, I would have made a resist using more over the buggy top and perhaps made a double resist for inside and out in one piece. But I had to work with what I had.
For the inside, I placed a piece of cotton batting on the wire as a mattress. Then I proceeded to wrap the wheels with white yarn and stitch on some lace around the bottom and top of the buggy.
I still have to clean it up a bit then I’ll send it off to my daughter in law for the baby’s room. I thought it would be useful to store qtips or scissors, thermometer, etc. on her dresser.
Have you ever used a wire structure with felt?