I will show you the pictures I took from the subsequent steps in the process. I will also tell you what could be done better next time round :-)
- you felt a really large bag (felt it just enough to make the fabric feel a bit firmer, the fulling happens later in the process, when the pebbles are all in place!)
- make an opening on one side (about 10cms/4")
- put in bricks made of foam rubber which are wrapped in a thin layer of wool; the wool being fixed lightly on the foam with a felting needle
- tie the bricks from the outside of the bag with rope or rubber band
- if you want, put some extra foam rubber in to make the pouffe a bit rounder in shape
- close the bag (I used the you-and-me stitch so you can hardly see where the bag was closed)
- throw the pouffe in the dryer for a period of time to really start the fulling process (mine was in for about 45 minutes)
- rinse to get the soap out and use vinegar with the last rinse to eliminate any soap residue
- squeeze out as much water as possible and leave the pouffe on a drying rack to drip out and dry up completely
- be proud of the result!
|I didn't measure the size of the bag, but it was approx 100x150cms (40x60"). Here you see the start, with one side of the bag laid out.|
|This is the "finished" bag with some of the bricks, ready to be put in.|
|The first bricks have been tied in the bag. I later on found out I left too much space between the bricks so next time I will do my best to tie them as close together as possible.|
This is where I stopped for the day and started heading home. I continued the next day.
|Which they did!|
|In this picture you can see the ropes used to tie the bricks into pebbles.|
You remove them at this stage.
|The result after a hard day's work (or two...)|
I did not intend to write a complete tutorial, this is just a description of the steps it took to make this felted pebble pouffe. For real tutorials on, for instance, how to felt a bag, you can always search the internet.