Felting Rugs

We got almost 2.5 inches of rain while we were gone.  Pretty impressive!

2.3 inches

Today was nice and sunny though.  I was admiring the color of Maddie (on the lower left) with the leaves on the trees.

Maddie and trees

Today I made some felted rugs.  The basic technique is to put a fleece cut side up with two layers of batting at 90 degree angles.  You cover this with a shower curtain, and you rub it with lots of hot water and Dawn soap.

felting rug

It is a lot of work.  But I got three done (I think this is a record for me).  Here is Vanessa’s,

Vanessa rug


Wendel rug

and Harlen’s

Harlen rugNow they are drying. They will likely need more work, fixing holes and needle felting locks.  But happy to have this much done.  I am officially wore out so plan on relaxing in front of the World Series the rest of the evening.

FYI I plan on selling my rugs as well as yarn, roving, scarfs and leather goods at the Hoogdal Makers Market on December 3-5. It is a fundraiser for the community hall.  So if you are in the area, please come check it out!

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5 Responses to Felting Rugs

  1. That looks like a wool rug!

  2. Jeanne says:

    Two and a half inches is a nice amount of rain! I’d have to go look at the calendar to see how much we’ve gotten this week. Maybe later…

    Maddie looks beautiful lying there in the green grass!

    Your felted rugs look very good! I’m sure they are a lot of work. How do you clean them? Can you vacuum them?

    I wish I could come up for the sale and see your things! That would be so much fun! Can you explain the name Hoogdal?

    • Donna says:

      It is a lot of rain for us. I thought Maddie looked pretty. Fair warning to you though, she is not long for this world, I’m afraid.
      The rugs are a lot of work. You can’t vacuum them. I just shake them out so far.
      I wish you could come up too. Hoogdal was once a town near us. It was settled by Swedes and named after their hometown in Sweden Ytterhogdal, but they shortened it and added an o.

  3. Jeanne says:

    I looked Hoogdal up. It’s very interesting and has some beautiful homes. It would be fun to visit!

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