Looks like I am the first one. I made this "White Rose Bud" today
with a candle in a glass holder inside
Cut two circles out of plastic to make a resist – I used a 10 inch dinner plate as a guide
Place the circles on top of each other and sew a seam down the middle
Fold one side of the top circle to the left and cover the bottom piece with roving
Fold the other side of the top circle to the right and cover the bottom piece with roving
Fold over the sides again and wet the roving and rub gently
Turn over the circle and smooth any fibers from the other side over the resist and then lay roving wet and rub. Turnover and open flaps and smooth edges working in any fibers from the back side.
Cover the top with roving letting it go past the edges slightly, wet and rub and then flip over and work the extra roving into the back side making sure the edges are covered but smooth.
I rolled in a bamboo mat moving the circle on the mat several times to assure a circle was maintained.
Once the resist was starting to bunch up (felt was shrinking) I cut a small slit in the top and removed the resist and turned the felt inside out. I finished the shaping by putting a balloon in the larger center pocket and plastic in the two smaller side pockets and running hot water over it and putting it in a mesh bag in the dryer. I did this several times making the balloon smaller each time to keep shrinking the rose.
Post by luvswool and dyestuff on Jan 8, 2016 14:02:17 GMT
Jane--great puppet you have made! No stuffing necessary! Your hand becomes the key to engaging young children in literacy, if that’s what you have in mind. As a former special needs teacher, I found hand puppets to be an amazing way to spark children’s interest in storybooks. However, if you stuff it, then you have an adorable felt sculpture. Maybe try one of each?
So Ruth said to show our progress... well my imagination suggested an octopus vessel but think I've bitten off more than I can chew. Haven't used more than 1 flat resist before so perhaps 4 connected resists are too many! here's a pic of the layout done, except can you see what is 'left over'? He'd be a heptopus I think.
Found where the missing leg fitted, but it's hard to roll such an lumpy odd shape! Wish me luck, especially as my plan was to full it as far as possible to make it stiffer.