So, you've heard of wool, and now you want to learn how to felting. Felting is a fun activity where you use an animal fiber (in this case, wool) to substitute for feathers, hair, or fur. By felting, you will not only get in the holiday spirit, but you may also keep the cat warm this winter.
The process of felting wool roving involves a few steps, the first of which is to purchase a pair of socks. Wool can be found in all different colors, sizes, and qualities. The length of the hose you are buying will depend on the amount of yarn that you intend to use. Once you have selected the right size, take your needle felt and thread it through the eye of the needle. Then you simply take the yarn off of the needle, pull the needle straight up, and then release the wool from the needle.
If you wish to pull the wool straight up, simply take your sewing machine's foot pedal, turn it on, and then sew the felt together. If you would like to pull the wool down instead, then you will need to use a pair of scissors. It would be best if you were very careful when you are cutting the yarn, though, or you could end up with small holes in your felt. After the stitches are made, cut the excess yarn off of the needle and then carefully hand-scrub the wool with a garden hose to remove any excess dirt or debris from the felting wool.
Next, you will need to secure the felting wool to a stable surface. In general, the easiest way to do this is by stapling the felting wool onto a wooden frame. This will give you something to hold onto while you are demonstrating your cat felting techniques. If you wish to do this by hand, try to kneel next to a sturdy table, tree branch, or wall so that you can keep your hands close enough to where you might drop the wool.
The next technique you will want to learn involves creating multiple layers of felt wool. By creating multiple layers, you can keep your cat from getting tired and from having to finish one layer before starting another. To start, simply take one or two pieces of your piece of plywood or cardboard, lay them flat on the floor, and then place one or two pieces of felt fabric between each piece.
Start by attaching the bottom panel of the frame to the frame, using some combination of pliers and pipe insulation tape. Place some soap bars between the layers of felt fibers, but try not to cover the entire area with soap, as it may cause your cat to become sick. Once you have the bottom panel in place, take your needle and thread it through the eyelet. Then, take your merino wool and poke small holes in the corner of the hole so that your pet can access the top of the felt, and the wool fibers will hold the felting powder, or soap, in place.
Next, you will want to take a large bowl filled with soapy water and mix in a few drops of dish soap. Then, place your little friend in the middle of the bowl. Start rolling the bowl forward and backward while making sure to cover every inch of the frame. After rolling the frame completely, let your kitty go for a swim, and then remove him. Repeat these basic steps until you have formed a large circle.
Finally, you are going to want to start working with the middle of the frame. Use a combination of pliers and pipe insulation tape to attach three separate pieces of felt fibers together. Keep in mind that you should not cover the entire frame at this point. After you finish working with the outermost layer of fibers, you will want to cover the middle layer again and then finish the Felting Wool session by adding one more piece of felt. If you are an advanced learner, I recommend that you work with the three layers of felt in a sequence. This advanced tutorial is specifically designed to educate beginners in the basics of felting.