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« on: June 14, 2011 07:17:36 PM »




So, I saw a rug made from raw, un-dyed wool stuffing in a book called "Sweet Needle Felts", or something like that.  In the book, the wool stuffing is needle felted inside embroidery hoops to get uniform circle shapes for the rug.  The circles are then sewn together to make a rug. 



Being too lazy to go searching for raw wool batting, I instead decided to try the same concept with wool quilt batting.  Plus, the wool batting was on sale, soooo......

These are the materials I used:

1 yard wool batting
1 large piece of foam (like the kind you'd buy to make a cushion for a chair or sofa)
assorted roving wool
scraps of left-over yarn from my stash
1 felting needle
1 needle felting tool (the kind that holds 5 needles)
1 needle felting brush

I got about 1 yard of "sale" wool batting, folded it into fourths, and started cutting it into different shaped circles, using embroidery hoops at circle templates. 






After I had all the circles cut out, I arranged them vaguely how I wanted the rug shaped. 





Since each circle has four layers of wool batting, I stacked the layers in an alternating way

I don't have a picture of how I stacked them, but it was kind of like this:

layer
    layer
layer
    layer
layer

(I hope this makes sense...sometimes I fail big-time at explaining things.....)

I then  began loosely binding them together by punching with the felting tool.   

 




Sorry for the blurry picture   Sad


Then, I grabbed my colorful stash of roving wool and wool yarn



I tore off small chunks of one color at a time



And placed them on the wool batting and felted them down with the single needle, on top of the thick foam cushion. 





I found that the single needle penetrated better to get the wool tacked down solidly through all the layers of wool batting. 



After I had all design all felted onto the batting solidly, I used the multi-needle tool and the brush to re-felt the entire thing - to make the surface uniform and to ensure that everything was securely felted down. 



Ta-da!



This is a to-scale picture. 

It took about 1 week to make (probably 20 - 30 hours), and cost less then $20 (US) to make. 

Not too bad, but I am hoping to find some kind of spray to protect it from getting too stained, since I'd like it to be a functional rug. 
Suggestions?


It's interesting that the 4 layers of wool batting were so thick and fluffy - probably 4 inches before they were felted - and they actually felted down to a rug that is less than 1/2 inch thick.  Wow!

Comments and criticism welcome - this is my first felted rug and my first tutorial.  I apologize for any confusing explanations and all the fuzzy pictures!  I'm still getting used to my new camera   Tongue

Thanks for looking!

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« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2011 07:21:28 PM »

BEAUTIFUL!! Thank you so much for the tutorial. I want to carpet my entire house in these rugs Smiley.
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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2011 07:26:37 PM »

What a great tutorial!  This is a beautiful rug.  Thank you for sharing!
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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2011 07:37:45 PM »

This is awesome!
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« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2011 08:08:25 PM »

Really cool!!  I love anything that reminds me of Turkish evil eye charms.  I'm guessing they were your inspiration for the colors and pattern?
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« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2011 09:45:57 PM »

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« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2011 10:33:19 PM »

Wow-I love this! And the tutorial is great, very easy to understand! Great job Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2011 03:52:49 AM »

It had never occurred to me to use quilt batting for needle felting. This is genius! I am starting to think about redecorating my girls' rooms and a rug like this would look awesome.
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« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2011 04:26:23 AM »

Ingenious!  I love the circle-y pattern, nice...
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« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2011 05:58:10 AM »

So beautiful - too beautiful to walk on!  It looks like peacock feathers to me. 
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« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2011 07:16:08 AM »

This is fabulous and very easy to understand thak you for sharing I think You might have interested me in to trying a new craft I already have the hoops. Great work.
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« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2011 08:32:04 AM »

Gorgeous!  I wouldn't want anyone to step on it though! (Unless I thoroughly inspected their feet and shoes first -- ha!)
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« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2011 09:34:40 AM »

This is so gorgeous. I've always wanted to try needle felting but all the books made it look like a hassle. Thank you for breaking this down! I want to try and make a rug now.  Wink
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« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2011 09:36:22 AM »

very beautiful...I would sooo hate to walk on it though..to pretty Smiley  Thanks for posting the process.
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« Reply #14 on: June 15, 2011 10:27:23 AM »

Yowza -  Thanks everyone for the positive feedback!  I'm glad the tutorial is intelligible.  I've had a fascination (obsession?) with making rugs since I was a kid, so I'm glad to spread the love Smiley

Really cool!!  I love anything that reminds me of Turkish evil eye charms.  I'm guessing they were your inspiration for the colors and pattern?

So beautiful - too beautiful to walk on!  It looks like peacock feathers to me. 

Yes, yes, yes... I've been really in love with nazars lately and peacocks forever, so those motifs and colors were definitely in my mind as I was working.  Happy accident that all my scrap yarn all the right colors.
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« Reply #15 on: June 15, 2011 12:46:15 PM »

So neat.
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« Reply #16 on: June 15, 2011 06:06:04 PM »

How clever! That's a very good use of leftover bits of wool yarn.
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« Reply #17 on: June 15, 2011 08:28:33 PM »


This ROCKS.  I love this.
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« Reply #18 on: June 15, 2011 09:06:02 PM »

What a brilliant idea and beautifully executed! The tutorial is so easy to understand (including the layers) that I might even be able to do this!
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« Reply #19 on: June 15, 2011 11:52:57 PM »

This is gorgeous! Thank you for showing us how to do it!
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« Reply #20 on: June 16, 2011 04:29:35 AM »

scotch guard maybe?
cool rug!
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« Reply #21 on: June 16, 2011 04:32:11 AM »

 Shocked That is stunning, what a fantastic idea and what a clever lady you are.
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« Reply #22 on: June 16, 2011 11:55:36 AM »

This is fantastic and totally awesome!!
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« Reply #23 on: June 16, 2011 01:38:32 PM »

so cool, i love this!
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« Reply #24 on: June 16, 2011 07:35:31 PM »

Just beautiful!
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« Reply #25 on: June 17, 2011 03:18:48 PM »

scotch guard maybe?
cool rug!

I was going to suggest this too. I know that when I was a performer at the Texas Renaissance Festival, we used scotch guard on everything. and it really does work, even on velvet and lighter fabrics, and since wool is naturally (slightly) water repellent, it would do fine. it makes it MUCH easier to clean (even with red clay stains-which was our biggest challenge!) Grin hope that helps!
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scotch guard maybe?
cool rug!

I was going to suggest this too. I know that when I was a performer at the Texas Renaissance Festival, we used scotch guard on everything. and it really does work, even on velvet and lighter fabrics, and since wool is naturally (slightly) water repellent, it would do fine. it makes it MUCH easier to clean (even with red clay stains-which was our biggest challenge!) Grin hope that helps!


Yes!  Big help - and it'll be easy to find.  Thanks Smiley
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« Reply #27 on: June 18, 2011 07:33:52 AM »

This is so awesome!  The tutorial is much appreciated too, I will have to try this!
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« Reply #29 on: July 02, 2011 09:26:42 AM »

This is lovely, great tutorial too! It reminds me of "A Starry Night" =)
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« Reply #30 on: July 03, 2011 03:13:54 PM »

I love doing needle felting.Never thought of wool batting, I have gobs of
lamb and sheep wool, but would be easy for shapes with the wool batting.
Great job showing how to do it, love the peacock colors..
Its really beautiful.
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« Reply #31 on: July 04, 2011 04:15:52 PM »

I totally want to get into felting now. <3
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« Reply #32 on: August 16, 2011 07:23:21 PM »

Thanks for the tutorial- it looks super squishy
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« Reply #33 on: September 01, 2011 07:38:21 PM »

This is awesome!  It's totally getting added to my list of things to try soon, because it looks so amazing.  And the tutorial is great, I can't wait to try it myself.
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« Reply #34 on: September 14, 2011 05:49:42 AM »

This reminds me of "Starry Night" I love it!!
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« Reply #35 on: October 14, 2011 09:15:40 AM »

They look like huge eyes, pretty cool:)
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« Reply #36 on: October 18, 2011 08:29:11 AM »

Nice!! I'd love to make a rug, but I'm afraid my dogs would think it was a new chew toy!!
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« Reply #37 on: December 02, 2011 05:15:41 PM »

Hi, I love your mat, it looks great! You mentioned about spraying it for protection... I purchased an aerosol tin of Scotchguard years ago, (not even sure that they make it anymore), it was for use on material couches and car seats etc.  I hope that helps you. Smiley
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« Reply #39 on: January 23, 2012 08:01:57 PM »

Aw shucks...that's so cool, thanks for all the flattery!  I blush...
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« Reply #40 on: January 24, 2012 02:22:11 PM »

This is gorgeous! And it's giving me an idea what to do with the leftover scraps of wool batting i have on hand!
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« Reply #41 on: May 06, 2012 06:37:25 PM »

Love this idea.  Did you ever figure out what to use to protect/preserve the piece?
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« Reply #42 on: May 06, 2012 08:08:35 PM »

Love this idea.  Did you ever figure out what to use to protect/preserve the piece?

Thanks!  General consensus pointed to using spray-on Scotch Guard.  I think I forgot to do that, however, before I gave it to my sister...oops!  next time, I will Scotch Guard it. 
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