Sunday, October 26, 2008

Felting with the Kids

Saturday morning the kids were itchy for some type of art project. So I decided to show them how to felt (wet felt). We decided to keep it easy and just make a thin, small little flat piece of felt ... but made it more fun by combining a few colors.

Here they are with the hot water and soap, starting the felting process of agitating the fibers.

The rubbing takes quite a bit of time and is a bit of hard work for little hands, but I didn't hear one complaint and they seemed to really enjoy the tactile process of felting. What kid doesn't love making things soapy warm water?

After a while of rubbing , they wanted to check to see how the felting was coming along. Here's a peek at their pieces and their colors choices for their piece of felt.
Looks like we have a little more rubbing to do! And here's the fulling process of rolling the felt in the mat. Almost done!

We had so much fun making some felt and are still deciding what to do with our little pieces of art. I'll be sure to post pictures once the kids decide what they wish to do with their felt!

If you are interested in wet felting, just do a search on the subject. You will find lots of online tutorials. There are also some great books on the subject, if you prefer to have something in hand while you work.

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