wooly wednesday: sit-upons

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wooly ‘wednesday’ every day

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Lately, every day is a wooly day! Wooly good renewable resource!!

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I spent the earlier part of the week home alone minding the farm. I have one doe that I’m keeping a keen eye on for ‘signs of heat’ so that I may arrange for her breeding (a most anxious time – for me!).

I do enjoy being ‘home alone’ since I usually immerse myself in fiber-y projects without the disruption of ‘wifely’ duties.

A couple of years ago (or more), I bartered my farm-raised organic lavender buds for a ‘sampler’ of Border Leicester raw wool locks. In an effort to deplete my wool stash, I used them (with my Shetland roving for the base/underlayment) to create/wet felt a woolly chair pad.

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I love the natural variegated color and texture!

Happy fiber’n!

another cushion: adaptation

I am inspired by the lovely ATSWIM – TWO BIRDS hand-work!! Perhaps slightly infatuated!!

Here is my very first adaptation/creation.

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The eagle has landed!!

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Another chair-pad option for Katie??! Her school apartment bedroom colors are gray and purple. (She’s coming home this weekend – WOO HOO!!)

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This chair cushion is made with various hand-spun, farm-raised and store-bought wool/mohair yarn. I learned a lot from this project. It was fun; I think I’ll make more.

before / after (felted cushion)

I wanted to make Katie, my daughter, a chair pad (or meditation cushion, heehee) for her apartment bedroom desk chair.

I had THIS hand-painted wool roving in my wool stash long enough. Perfect!!

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I cut a circular ‘resist’ from bubble wrap to place in the center (between the front and back) of the cushion. Here you can observe the initial layering of the wool roving.

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Someone mentioned it looks a bit like ‘Cousin Itt’ from The Addams Family (a 1960’s television series).

For the reverse/back side, I used a natural colored gray wool. Here you can see the ‘chair pad’ is already felted… but, I wasn’t particularly happy with the results.

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Never fear!!! Remember, there are NO felt failures!!

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I cut it apart and now I have TWO 15-inch diameter circular cushions/felted mats to work with.

Rather than re-sew the hand-felted pieces back together, I opted to use recycled gray wool (which I felted/fulled in the washing machine) for the back. I was quite concerned that my little sewing machine would bog-down trying to sew the REALLY REALLY THICK (dense) hand-felted pieces!!! YIKES!!!  😦

But… it all worked out in the end. I also purchased a piece of foam cushion from Jo-Ann Fabric Store for the ‘stuffing’.

And, viola!!

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Katie’s new cushion (a belated Valentine gift); Dennis and kitty approved!!

Happy fiber’n!!