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« on: June 24, 2012 09:52:28 AM »

Hi Everyone,

I'm very new to felting but not to crafting or the general fiber arts. I recently ran across this page www.popkitten.com/time-to-dreams/ and just thought that the little cat "caves" were imaginative and beautiful, and especially the grey one with a little red rose on it. So, my question to you is, how would one form it? I was thinking (and this is where I need help) that I should get some bigger water balloons and fill them almost completely with water and then leave them on the counter or something (propped up... somehow) to give it a flat bottom. Then, I'm not quite sure about how to make the twisty bit at the top. Anyone have any ideas? I'm taking a lot of inspiration from the "felted vessel" https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=85194.0, Should I be looking anywhere else? That's the closest I've come to what I need to do. Anyway, any help you could give would be appreciated!  Grin

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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2012 03:34:35 AM »

Oh yes!! I've seen these before!! One of my contacts on Flickr makes them!

Wet felt when felted very firmly really has a lot of strength. I think that a regular ballon (perhaps a large one) would be enough to hold the shape while it dries. The weight and the water in the wet felt should be enough to form the flat bottom and if you have a large enough balloon - that should also fill up the peak area that is hollow. The part of the peak that isn't hollow should have enough strength to hold itself once you've positioned it.

I am not a wet felting expert, but that it how I would approach making something similar to the grey one with the rose!

Good luck!! You're going to have a very happy cat!! =^..^=

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