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« on: November 08, 2005 01:07:37 PM »

Roving is not really that expensive, but I was wondering if there is anything that you can use to make a base for dry felted animals(that you just wrap roving around.) I have heard of wool batt but I can't find it anywhere! I could use any and all advice.

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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2005 03:00:46 PM »

Welcome to Craftster and especially to the felting area!

Anything that the roving will adhere to and that will give the type of inside you desire- foam, cork, Styrofoam, polyester batt.   

Check out the thread about the "little deer" in Felting Completed Projects  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=61478.0  - it seems to me,  radal16  provided a link to a site with directions for little felt animals - showing wire armatures and poly batt for inside.

What are you making?
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Etsy http://www.feltsewcrafty.etsy.com
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« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2005 06:31:05 PM »

Thanks for your help! I haven't made any felted animals yet. But I really want to make some cats, dogs, giraffes,etc. I am tired of using synthetic felt, time to use wool and make my own. I am searching for just the right thing to use inside the animal so I can cut costs. Why waste perfectly good roving?
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« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2005 04:58:02 AM »

Welcome to craftster aprillustrations  Smiley

These sound like they'll be cute. Just out of interest, how big were thinking of making your animals?
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« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2005 07:14:21 AM »

Ummm I haven't ever made one before so I think that I might just start out small. About 12 inches or less.
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« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2005 06:15:58 AM »

I read somewhere online that some people use polyester batting as a core, I've tried it and don't like it very much.  It doesn't felt down nearly as nicely as wool.  I would suggest getting a really coarse undyed wool like romney, which is usually cheaper.  Use it as a base, either needle it or wad it into some pantyhose and run it through the wash.  Once you have a nice circle/oval form you can just lay your colored wool over it and go from there. 

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« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2005 02:00:33 PM »

I read somewhere online that some people use polyester batting as a core, I've tried it and don't like it very much.  It doesn't felt down nearly as nicely as wool.  I would suggest getting a really coarse undyed wool like romney, which is usually cheaper.  Use it as a base, either needle it or wad it into some pantyhose and run it through the wash.  Once you have a nice circle/oval form you can just lay your colored wool over it and go from there. 


What a great idea radal16! I keep forgetting to mix washing machine felt into my felting practices.
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