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Part I. Making Wet Felted Playscape and Wet Felted Rocks. January 30, 2013

130130 Squirting liquid dish detergent and hot water on wet-felted playscape blanket

130227 Overall View Enchanted Fairy Tale Woodland Playscape Blanket with Words

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Part I. Making Wet Felted Playscape and Wet Felted Rocks. January 30, 2013

130130 Singing and Rolling

With great excitement, we gathered again today at our Wednesday Morning Craft group get-together to make a wet-felted playscape blanket to donate to our school for our upcoming Spring Gala Auction event.

130130 Wet felted pebbles sitting beside wet felted pond with lily pad and red fishes

Week 1 of our craft group project. To be continued next week.

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Updates added: Last week’s Artfelt scarves with completed scarves

Rachel’s Artfelt scarf made during last week’s crafting session.

130129 Rachel's blue Artfelt scarf completed

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  1. Adding Thickness to Our Base Piece by Applying Thin Layers of White Wool Batting.

  2. Designing Woodland Playscape by Laying Down Thin Layers of Colored Roving
  3. Pausing for Our Glamour Photo Shoot with Hot Water Squirt Bottles.
  4. Ready to wet felt with hot water squirt bottle and bottles of soap
  5. Squirt Soap and Hot Water
  6. Cover Hot and Soapy Blanket with Bubble Wrap and Rub to Felt It.
  7. Roll Up Playscape With A “Noodle”
  8. Cover the Rolled Up Mat with Plastic Wrap
  9. Wash off the Soap with a Garden Hose!
  10. Cover the Rolled Up Mat with Plastic Wrap
  11. Behold! Our wet-felted playscape blanket, after rinsing off the soap.

  12. Holes! We should have added more layers of Roving. We will have to needle-felt over that.
  13. Adding Wet-Felted Rocks (Made This Morning) to Our (Still Wet) Playscape.
  14. February 6, 2013. Jzin donated a wet-felted playscape for this project. “The Waterfall with a Secret”

Our Morning Together. January 30, 2013

Yet another glorious morning of creating with friends. Thank you Christine for showing us how to wet felt. Thank you Rachel for the refreshments and getting supplies and tools ready. Thank you Julie for donating a whole bunch of beautiful colorful rovings for our crafting this morning!

Thank you Julie for donating gorgeous wool roving for our project!

130130 Generous donation of colorful wool roving by Julie Fish for our craft group project Gala donation

I have been researching ideas for this project and I am very excited to learn wet felting this morning. – Jzin

Adding Thickness to Our Base Piece by Applying Thin Layers of White Wool Batting.

Starting with a piece of about 40″x40″ size Pre-felted wool base, we added thin layers of white wool batting in layers of criss-crossing directions.130130 Rebecca and Josephine applying white roving to pat pre-felted wool base for playscape.

Nice thick layer of batting… Ah! My kids would love to jump in and take a nap on this creamy fluffy wool.

130130 Christine Newell arranging thin layers of batting onto playscape project 3

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Designing Woodland Playscape by Laying Down Thin Layers of Colored Roving

130130 sketching out wet felted playscape with thin layers of colorful roving

Julie Added A Meandering Stream…

130130 Julie adding swiggly stream in woodland forest

Adding Swirling Waters of the Lake…

130130 swirling waters

Water Lilies Floating in the Lake…

130130 Swirly waters of the lily pond playscape

Rachel adding Paths by the Meadow…

I tried my blending different colored rovings by hand for the path since the carder was occupied for mixing colors elsewhere.

Rachel adding roving to make path on the playscape

Gisela Added Delightful Spring Blossoms Along the Meadow Path

130130 Gisela added spring blossoms by the path

We created spaces for the woodland forest, mountainous region, meadow, lake and such.

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Pausing for Our Glamour Photo Shoot with Hot Water Squirt Bottles.

Happy Times with the Craft Group! Photo by Jzin (I was there, really!)
130130 Wet felting playscape. Craft group photo outdoors

Getting ready to wet-felt that puppy with hot water and soap.

Thank you Rachel for preparing 2 bottles of dish washing detergent from Trader Joe’s and bottles of * HOT* water for the felting step.

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130130 Squirting liquid dish detergent and hot water on wet-felted playscape blanket

Felting the wool with HOT water and liquid soap…

130130 Adding hot water and soap to wet felt our playscape blanket

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Cover the Hot and Soapy Blanket with Bubble Wrap and Rub to Felt It.

130130 many hands tapping on bubble-wrapped wet-felted blanket to felt the wool

The blanket is now very hot and soapy. We covered it with bubble wrap and tap on it to felt the wool beneath. It feels good to do this work.

Fold Bubble Wrap Over The Edge and Rub. This makes a Smooth Edge.

130130 wet felting large playscape blanket with bubble wraps 2

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Roll Up Playscape With A “Noodle”.

Now we roll up our huge playscape blanket with a rod that is long enough for it. We use a child’s swimming pool toy, the “Noodle”.

130130 Rolling up the wet felted playscape

Be careful to smooth out the wrinkles, as you roll up the blanket.

130130 Smoothing out the wrinkles as we roll up the wet-felting playscape blanket with a swimming pool noodle tube 2

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Cover the Rolled Up Mat with Plastic Wrap

Saran wrap up that playscape blanket!

130130 cover bubble wrapped wet felted playscape blanket with plastic saran wrap 2

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Sing a Snappy Ditty While Rolling the Blanket Back and Forth

Rebecca shared songs for felting and rolling…

130130 Singing and Rolling
Removed Bubble Wrap. It’s Felted!

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Wash off the Soap with a Garden Hose!

Rinse off the soap from the blanket with cold water from the garden hose.

130130 Rinse soap from wet-felted blanket using cold water from the garden hose

Squeeeze Out The Water

130130 Christine and Rebecca squeezing out water from wet felted blanket playscape 3

Rinsing soap off our wet felting playscape blanket…

130130 Rinsing soap off our wet felting playscape blanket

130130 Rinsing and wringing out soapy water from wet-felted wool playscape blanket

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Behold! Our Wet-Felted Playscape blanket, After The Soap is Rinsed Off.

130130 wet felted playscape after rinsing off the soap

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Flattened “Blanket”. We Will Embellish And Add More To It Next Week.

She’s a beauty! Our wet-felting craft group work thus so far this week. We shall continue next Wednesday.

130130 Wet-felted Enchanted Springtime Woodland playscape blanket still wet

Renuka will be Making Unicorn Mommy and Baby for Our Enchanted Woodland Playscape…

Here are examples of what she handmade for her children. She is making new ones this week to donate to our school auction. Thanks Renuka!

130130 Family of felt Unicorns by Renuka

January 30, 2013. Wednesday. Inspired by Renuka’s unicorns, I made 2 miniature dolls to go with the unicorns that evening: The Prince and Princess, both will be able to straddle and ride the unicorns.

Measuring Real Estate Dimensions for Building a Waterfall Cave to Add to Our Awesome Playscape …

Waterfront property, suitable to add a great waterfall here…

130130 measuring the space to fit waterfall with arrows

February 7, 2013. Thursday. Click on image below to see the “The Waterfall with A Secret'” I secretly wet-felted at home to donate to this project.130206 square. Waldorf School of Orange County wet-felted Enchanted Fairy Tale woodland playscape in Spring part 2 work in progress

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Holes! We should have added more layers of Roving. We will have to needle-felt over that.

Holes! Holes with white batting showing through the colored roving. We should have added adequate layers of roving to those areas. Lesson learned today.

130130 Holes showing white batting underneath

We will add more colorful roving and needle-felt over those white holes next week.

By the meadow. The lovely spring blossoms were flattened from the wet-felting process. We will needle-felt some dimensions to them next week.

130130 Holes in wet felted colored roving on playscape blanket by spring flower meadow

compared the above newly wet-felted blanket to the below before wet-felted…

130130 Gisela added spring blossoms by the path

Meandering stream adorned by spring flowers. This area could use more layers of roving so that the white base does not show through.

130130 Newly wet-felted Enchanted Woodland playscape showing meandering stream with spring flowers

Compared to the fullness of the dry roving before wet-felting…

130130 Julie adding swiggly stream in woodland forest

Fortunately we added extra layers of roving to our region intended for rocky mountains /waterfall. No holes when adequate layers of roving are added. See below.

130130 Area by the mountainous region

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Making Wet-Felted Pebbles/Rocks.

  • Supplies: Hot water, liquid dishwashing detergent, colorful “rock” colored roving and a pack of large pebbles.

130130 Supplies to make wet felt pebbles

  • Real pebbles lend weight to the “rocks” of our landscape. If you want lighter rocks/pebbles, you can wrap colorful roving around foam or wool batting.

1. Wrap a thick layer of white roving around your pebble.

2. Add thin layers of colored roving in different directions onto your pebble.

  • It is good to have all your layers down before you touch the pebble with a wet hand. Roving will stick to your hands as you go back to the supplies stack to get more dry roving.

First colored layer added. Thin layers in opposite directions will be added next…

130130 applying dry colored roving onto pebble in thin opposing layers

3. When all your colored roving layers are all added, squirt some liquid soap onto your dry “pebble”.

4. Wet your “pebble” using hot water.

5. Very gently “caress” your wet soapy pebble all over without pressure at first.

6. As your colorful roving have somewhat felted and will not be rearranged by pressure, you can very gradually increase pressure.

7. Wash out the soap with cold running water.

8. You may rub your pebble with  increase pressure when your pebble has felted some more.

130130 Wet felted pebbles into lakeside rocks

Rocks (wet-felted pebbles made this morning) sitting beside wet-felted pond with lily pad and red fishes.

130130 Wet felted pebbles sitting beside wet felted pond with lily pad and red fishes

February 7, 2013. Click here to view “The Waterfall with a Secret”, a wet-felted playscape handmade and donated by Jzin / CastleofCostaMesa.Com for this project.

130206 square. Waldorf School of Orange County wet-felted Enchanted Fairy Tale woodland playscape in Spring part 2 work in progress

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Books on Wet Felting

A Felt Farm by Rotraud Reinhard.

A Felt Farm by Rotraud Reinhard

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Carnival of Felting by Gillian Harris

Carnival of Felting by Gillian Harris SIGNED COPY  Think of a carnival, what does it conjure up? - a celebration of bright colours, lots of fun, excitement and spectacle - all these elements are featured in Gillian's new book - hot off the press this Spring. Following on from the successful Complete Feltmaking, Gillian draws on the carnival atmosphere to create a diverse range of stylish felt-making projects....  UK Hardback - Special author signed copy £11.99

Amazon.com. Check out Gillian’s website: http://www.gilliangladrag.co.uk/

Creating Felt Artwork (Instant download) E-Book by “Handmade by Rosiepink” Handmade by rosiepink. Creating Felt Artwork E-Book

Art in Felt & Stitch: Creating Beautiful Works of Art Using Fleece, Fibres and Threads by Moy Mackay.artinfeltandstitchlargeToo-dle-loo! See you next Wednesday morning! Thanks! -Jzin

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Check out my handmade Fairy Tale Dolls: Dolls and Tales page.

My handmade dolls for Waldorf Seasons Nature Table

All Seasons

 

Waldorf School of Orange County Spring 2013 Bliss Fundraiser

Craft donations are being accepted in the front office. Fill in Auction Donation form (Click here to download) if you have craft (or other) items to donate to our Waldorf School Spring 2013 Gala Auction.

Here are some auction items to get your bidding mojo running! Waldorf School of Orange County Bidpal site is still currently in the process of being updated, please check back periodically.

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Waldorf School Auction items on Bidpal. Check back frequently. Items are currently being loaded onto the website daily. Share the magic fairy tree house on Facebook.

Jzin’s needle-felted miniature Snow White, Rose Red and Dwarf set is available for bidding on Our Waldorf School’s Gala and Auction bidding site.square. Snow White and Rose Red with logo 3

 

Bid on Snow White, Rose Red and Dwarf miniature handmade dolls set onWaldorf School Bidpal site.

Here’s a partial list of Waldorf School of Orange County auction items (mainly crafts are listed here) on Pinterest…(check back periodically for updates)…

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If you are interested in placing an ad on “Support Our Southern California Waldorf Community” (free if you are a member of this community) please e-mail me a good picture and a link.

Meanwhile, please support our local peeps! Thanks! – Jzin

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3 Comments Post a comment
  1. What amazing fiber artists you all are! Your work is absolutely beautiful! I love your Playscape! Marti :)

    February 3, 2013
  2. liliana #

    absolutely beautiful! how long did you gals rub the bubble wrap for and how long did you roll it for once you saran wrapped it? Next time how may layers of white roving would you use since you got some small holes at the end? thanks for the tutorial!

    November 8, 2013
  3. jzinius #

    Dear Liliana,

    I think we rubbed the bubble wrap for 20 minutes (I vaguely remember since we are chatting and laughing so much) and rolled it for about the same amount of time.

    In your case, you can always tell when to stop rubbing or rolling when you do the “Pinch Test”. you gently pinch and pull up the wool on your playscape. If the fibers lifts out and separate off your playscape, you have to felt your playscape more. If you pinch it and the wool fibers are still stuck to the playscape, then you are done, the fibers are felted together.

    Alternately, if you are doing a smaller playscape, you can roll it up carefully with large piece of synthetic fiber e.g. polyester blend or nylon (edges of playscape not touching, or will felt and stuck together) and put that into your washing machine to felt. Here’s a smaller playscape I did this way with my children: http://castleofcostamesa.com/dolls/making-anickas-first-felted-playscape

    Re: “Holes in the playscape”
    The “holes” I referred to was not actual holes in the mat, but refer to the areas on the colorful playscape where the white batting were showing through. To answer that question, we used enough layers of white batting.

    What we should have done is to put 3 or so layers of colorful roving on top of our white batting, so the “grass” shows green and not with white “holes”/patches in it. I realized, if you use batting (such as colorful PeaceFleece.com wool batting), it covers better, if you use wool top (finer, more delicate) it covers less well and leaving white batting below showing, unless you use many layers of your wool top.

    Have fun making your playscape. Please share a picture of it on facebook with us!
    https://www.facebook.com/CastleofCostaMesa
    love
    Jzin

    November 8, 2013

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