Felt So Good: 70+ Felted and Plain Wool Designs for You and Your Home

Felt So Good: 70+ Felted and Plain Wool Designs for You and Your Home by Tone Rørseth

When I was a little girl, my mother had these macramé owls that she had made that were hanging on the walls. One of them was 5 feet tall.  She also had a couple smaller ones ranging from probably 18 inches to 3 feet.  For some reason, I was immediately reminded of my childhood and these owls when I saw the cover of  Felt So Good: 70+ Felted and Plain Wool Designs for You and Your Home.

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Anyway……I never really knew much about felting except that it required a needle and it seemed very tedious.  Norwegian designer Tone Rørseth shows us that you can upcycle your old wool garments. UPCYCLE! Now we’re talking!  Learn how to upcycle slightly worn or damaged sweaters into new items.  Don’t have an old wool sweater to upcycle?  No worries.  You will also learn about different types of wool felt to buy.  And it turns out that it’s really easy and maybe not at tedious as I thought.

The book is full of a lot cute projects that are pretty quick to make—yet another thing that’s right up my alley! My absolute favorite item is the owl on the front cover, but some of my other favorite projects in the book include a bar stool cover, a purse, and a square floor pillow.

So grab a wool sweater, embellish it, or turn it into something else, like a handbag, mittens, scarf, toy, pillow, or any number of other whimsical charms or holiday decorations.

Now, I’m off to find that wool sweater that shrank when it went through the dryer! I think I have a use for it!

(But then again, I’m also tempted to head off to the second-hand shops and see if I can hunt down some wool sweaters with some really cool patterns, because I have a drawer full of purse handles just waited to be used!)Felt So Good Back Cover

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No Felting Required

No yarn? No problem!  (Like any knitter or crocheter is ever going to run out of yarn!) Just grab your knitting needles (in this case I used a Pocket Knitter) or crochet hook and some scrap fleece you have hanging around.

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I made this cell phone holder using the Pocket Knitter and a remnant strips of fleece that I purchased at my local craft store. The great thing about this project is that is looks kind of felted, only without the extra effort involved. The fleece worked perfect on the Pocket Knitter and created a thick protective cover for a cell phone. This would be terrific for making a protective case for any hand held device.

If you’re not familiar with the pocket knitter, no knitting knowledge or experience is required.  If you are interested in learning more about the pocket knitter, you can visit the Bond America site here: http://www.bond-america.com/products/pocket_knitter.html .  I have seen the pocket knitters for sale at my local JoAnn’s store with the knit and crochet tools.

For this project, you will need:

347Fleece Fabric (a remnant piece is just fine)

Ribbon or leather cord (approximately 16-18”)

Decorative Button (optional)

Yarn needle

Sewing Needle and thread (to attach button)

 

DIRECTIONS

Cut your fleece the long way in strips about ½” wide.  Give each strip a pull or gentle tug.  This will cause the fleece to curl.

Using the fleece strips, cast on 14 stitches.

Work in St st until piece measures approximately 4.5” or desired height of finished cell phone holder.

Bind off across.

 

FINISH

Fold work in half.  Using a strip of fleece and the yarn needle, sew the side and bottom closed, leaving the top open.

Using yarn needle, weave in all ends.

Weave your cord in and out between every other row all the way around the top until you have reached your beginning point.  Tie knot in desired spot.

Sew on button in desired location.

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Note:  This blog post is adapted from my previous blog post for the NaturallyCaron.com blog.  The NaturallyCaron.com blog has been deleted, so I am sharing the post here so that I may continue to share my patterns with readers.