Cobweb Felted Scarf, the final chapter

Continuing from Part Two of cobweb felting, I continue wetting and rolling up the wool roving in the plastic until the end.  Then I put a couple of rubber bands on each end.rolled up and banded

Put the roll into a lingerie bag.

rolled up and banded

And then put it in your dryer for 20 minutes – no heat – then take it out and unroll.

unrolledNext, you are going to roll it up again, only starting from the opposite end – make sure the wool is still wet, if not, spray with more water.  It does need to be nice and wet.

Put it back in the dryer, no heat, for another 20 minutes. When you take it out and unroll it this time, you are going to flip the whole thing over – by now, it will be felted enough that you don’t have to worry about it pulling apart at all.

flipped over, ready to roll

Once again, roll up in the plastic, making sure the wool is nice and wet, and put it in the dryer for another 20 minutes, no heat! Then take out the rolled wool, unroll once more, reroll in the other direction and back in the dryer for 20 minutes.

Now, for the final step.

Unroll the scarf  and get it wet and wring it out and make it all scrunched up.  Yeah, scrunch it up good!
last unroll

Like this:

scrunched up

Finally, put it in a plastic grocery bag and put it back in the dryer for 5 minutes.

bagged up

When you take it out of the dryer, it should be fulled quite well.  Don’t leave it in much longer or it will get too thick and not be as soft and pretty.

Take it out of the bag and unscrunch it – you can pull and tug it to shape it the way you want it.  I usually just hang it over a shower curtain to dry, but you can block it like you would a sweater, or you can even use an iron with an ironing cloth to speed the drying and to make it flatter.

And here is the final product – at this point, you can embellish it with needlefelting, or just leave it as is.  I think my handspun mohair lock yarn is enough, so I’ll stop here.

finished scarf

Cobweb Felted Scarf – Part the Second

You will need some plastic. You do not need bubble wrap. I got some plastic sheeting that is fairly sturdy – probably 3 or 4 mils thick – from Home Depot a few years ago.  The stuff will last forever. I cut it into pieces that are easier to handle. The piece I use most often is 40 inches wide x 90 inches long. I fold it in half so it is 20 inches wide x 90 inches long. Then I put the roving on the plastic and pull it out a bit further – so it is almost as wide as the plastic, but not quite.

roving on plastic

Then, you will also need water.  I like this little pump sprayer – Solo 418 One-Hand Pressure Sprayer, 1-Liter – as it makes a more gentle spray than most pump sprayers.

I start spraying the roving with water – I go about 18 inches at at time, and I squish it gently with my hands to get the water to soak in better.  You can, on this first wetting, add a tiny bit of Dawn to the water to help the wool absorb the water.

As the wool roving gets wet, I start to add some embellishments.  In this case, I’m adding some tailspun yarn I spun that is the same color blue as the blue stripes.  I add it after I wet down the wool, and then I make sure that the yarn is also wet. wetting down and embellishing

Then I start rolling the scarf up in the plastic – I just fold maybe 3/4 to 1 inch over the wool to start, and I start to roll it.  Then I do more wetting and embellishing and then more rolling.
starting to roll as I wet down and embellishI continue on until I have wet down the entire piece.

More on the next post.

Cobweb Felted Scarf Tutorial – Part the First

People seem to want to know how I make these things. I guess I’ll share, but it will take me some time, I’m slow.

First thing you need is some nice hand-dyed wool roving. Here is the roving that I dyed. I am going to felt this into a scarf. dyed rovingIt is Polwarth wool – very soft, but with a longer staple than Merino. I love it because it’s beautiful to spin with, super soft and fluffy.  I like fluffy.

If you are interested in buying hand-dyed roving from me.  I charge $5.00 an ounce plus shipping for hand-dyed Polwarth.  You only need about 3 ounces, so $15.00 will do it.

Now, I have a nice, 8 foot long table that I lay that roving out on – only I don’t use the whole table, I do a bit, roll it up and do a bit more.

What am I doing, you ask?  I’m stretching the roving out, width-wise – to start to form a scarf shape – you just keep pulling the wool gently – I usually go up and down the entire length several times. I’ll leave this for today and continue tomorrow. I have a lot of fiber to arrange. 🙂roving pulled out