merry go round

The Merry go round group it is a group of artists/crafts-women as they link hands around the world and tell you a little about their lives and art. We are group of 11 women from all over the world and are creative with different materials.

 For this last Friday of September we are sharing a Do- it- yourself  tutorial.

Mine is about making a Christmas decoration.. Yes I know I am early, but I know men can never be too early with start making things, our time will get busier till Christmas , hihihi So here it goes,

What you’ll need is some (merino) wool roving, soap, (any kind will do), bubble wrap, towels, (hot )water

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things you'll need Open up the bubble wrap and divide the roving into 3 or 4 lines.divide the roving

then layer, star like, 4 lines of roving about 23 cm  or 8.97 inch long looking like this:

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next step is to add a second line of wool on top of it all, so your star will be thicker as after wetting the wool will be thinner . Tip make more stars in one go, the rolling time will be the same .

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 now you need to make the wool wet with soap and water..  just take the soap in your hands and let the foam drip on the wool.

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make sure the wool is totally wet

 add a second piece of bubble wrap and press the wool down.

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now roll up everything

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use a towel to prevent your roll from slipping all the time, You now need to roll the bundle for about 50 times

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a towel also helps to absorb the water

so after the 50 times , open the bundle and carefully check if your wool needs some more water, wet it  and roll it again, but in an opposite direction… 

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roll it to all 4 sides

when you have done all 4 sides and the 4 backsides too, you can open it up and start to “kneed” them  without the bubble wrap. the felting process will speed up a little when you use some boiling water , but be careful with your hands !! Use the bubble wrap or wait a few seconds…

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now keep on, rubbing. massaging, felting the star till it will be stiff. Then rinse out the soapy water,  dry in a towel and use a dowel or a roller to flatten the star on a dry towel.

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flatten the stars by rolling over it

A last step before letting them dry in the sun, is pulling the ends, opposite to eachother . You can even sew on some beads or glittery things , but for now I’ll just leave the like they are now.

Have fun making and enjoy them!!

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as  decoration in a christmas tree…. :

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I was never sooo early with any Christmas decoration :)

 I really hope you’ll visit the rest of the merry- go rounders too!!

Laura at Blue Terracotta -  

Monika at Red2White -     

Bethany at Dirksen Dabbles -    

Ruth at Birdland Creations -  

Sara at Crafts of Texture -

Samantha at Vintage is for lovers -

Mariana at Florcita -

Agathe at Le Bar du Vent -

Jen at Painted Fish Studio -

Mitsy at ArtMind - 

A  happy weekend, all!

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9 Comments for merry go round

Ruth | September 30, 2011 at 6:00 pm

I like them! I can see them in lots of different colors too on the tree. I’ve never used a rolling pin on my (limited) attempts at felting. What a good idea! Thanks Kim.

stefania | September 30, 2011 at 6:56 pm

wow fantastic idea! I like it! so cute idea

red2white | September 30, 2011 at 7:58 pm

this is very sweet idea and it could be altered, the size, the way it is decorated… also made with children. Well done, 3 *** for you :)

Author comment by Kim | September 30, 2011 at 8:07 pm

thanks Stefania, Ruth and LOl Monica!! My kids alreaday said they loved them and they wanted to make more diffrenet colors :)

Meherio68 | September 30, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Great idea and a very clear tutorial— thanks for sharing!

riet baird | October 1, 2011 at 11:30 am

dit ga ik een keertje met mijn kleindochter uitproberen:)

Terriea | October 1, 2011 at 11:38 am

Good idea of using the roller. I never thought of it. I should also start thinking of X’mas ornaments now.

Happy stats - Vilt à la Kim – my textile adventures | October 2, 2011 at 9:24 pm

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Mitsy/ArtMind | October 19, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Great tutorial, Kim! Very well explained and great pictures too! :)

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