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Topic: Felted rope - I know this is probably really easy!  (Read 4611 times)
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sallyb
« on: July 02, 2009 03:18:38 AM »

Hi everyone!

I know that this is something that everyone probably knows how to do, but I've done flat felt, I've done felt vessels and I'm about to make some felt beads, but I can't find a tutorial for felted rope!  You know, the felted ropey bits that can be made into handles for bags or cut up and made into beads?

I've seen some that have been made up of different coloured layers so when you cut them you get to see all the circles of different colours... pretty...

Can anyone give me a quick overview of how to make these things?  Or direct me to where I might be able to read about it?  I can't seem to find anything on craftster at the moment, which I find very surprising!

Thanks guys!
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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2009 05:32:53 AM »

Something like this? http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=129662.0

Hope that helps =)
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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2009 07:05:59 AM »

How funny you should ask!!   I am getting ready to film a tutorial about just this very thing!
I just uploaded my third series of felting videos to my site http://www.feltinglessons.com  and am going to do the shorter non-series videos in the next couple of weeks.

Rather than have you wait to find out, I will explain it here first Smiley

Take the whole length of the roving for as long as your intended rope. 
Split it into about 1/3 or however thick you want your rope.
Lay down that portion on a bubble wrap and lightly spray it with hot soapy water from a mist bottle
LIGHTLY roll it on that bubble wrap without pressing down hard
If you rub too hard you will get a crease
If you do get a crease, don't encourage it... just lightly rub in that spot until the rest of the shrinkage catches up with it (you'll see what I mean)
Do this light rolling until it starts to firm up.  Be patient!  It will happen, and slower will make a nicer end result.

As you feel it is firming up under your hands, you can increase pressure.
Keep rolling even after it firms up for a minute or two
To get results faster, switch to ridged shelf liner when it is firm enough

The longer you roll, the stiffer and less fuzzy it will be.
Rinse with hot, then cold water.
Air dry

Best of luck on your project!  Post pics when you are done Smiley


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sallyb
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2009 03:43:38 PM »

Thanks for both of these hints!  I'll be giving it a try today or tomorrow (holidays inspire procrastination!) and I'll post up some pics to show what I came up with.

Wish me luck!
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« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2009 05:59:22 PM »

Hi!...thanks for your lessons...I hace one cuestion...how can I make a long Felted ropes for make a necklace?...some like this I found it in your blog:
http://www.feltinglessons.com/Photos.html#13

I hope you can help me...
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« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2009 06:06:56 PM »

The video for that will be posted in a day or two.  You will be making necklaces before you know it!

Terri

[Update:  The video is now up on the site, have fun!]






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« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2009 05:20:01 PM »

Ooooohhh...I want to say thanks!!!!!....I'm so happy to learn with you...I'm a fan of your website.
1000000000 thanks and a lot og hugs for you from Chile...the end of the world!!!
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« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2009 07:30:43 PM »



Ooooohhh...I want to say thanks!!!!!....I'm so happy to learn with you...I'm a fan of your website.
1000000000 thanks and a lot og hugs for you from Chile...the end of the world!!!

Thank you so much! That is so sweet of you to say Smiley   I am glad it helped you out, and don't forget to bookmark it!
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sallyb
« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2009 08:55:01 PM »

Summerset - thank you so much for putting me onto your tutorials!  Yours was very helpful and I've been checking out the others as well.

It's all bookmarked and I"m sure I'll refer back to it in the future!


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« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2009 09:02:19 AM »

Great Smiley
Feel free to email me if you have probs.
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