Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Wet felting: passport cases

Wet felting is such a magical process! In this case, I wrapped wool roving around a wooden board that is cut in the shape of a passport. Then I soaped up my hands, dunked the bundle in hot hot water, and started gently tossing it back and forth. Gradually, as the wool started to velcro itself together, I got more and more forceful.

Given enough time and agitation, the mass of fluffy wool condensed down into a sturdy, seamless fabric. The transformation amazes me, no matter how many times I make it happen. And I love watching the colors move and meld, coming out in beautiful--if slightly unpredictable--patterns.

This is an example of what the finished product looks like. I made this one as a commission piece, for a friend who will be going on a cruise next month. I've added a button and loop closure, and a sturdy strap that was hand spun and cabled out of the same wool that I used for the body of the case. It is long enough to wear over your shoulder, and the passport tucks safely up under your arm for comfortable and secure travel.

I do so love working with felt!


  1. im fascinated by felting. thanks for sharing this, the bags look amazing! i love the colors too

  2. Thanks for stopping by!

    I recommend giving felting a try sometime. It is easier than it looks, and the results are sturdier than you'd expect. :)