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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Felted Egg Baskets

I was quite excited about felting my egg baskets. The first round in the washing machine, with a jug of boiling water added to get the temperature up a bit from our 50C hot water system, was a bit disappointing.

I thought I would need 3-4 goes to get what I was looking for.

I decided to see if I could speed things up by boiling them in our pasta pot.

I boiled them for about 10 minutes. There was some advance on the felting - but also a lot of very dark dye leaching out, so I reverted to another round in the washing machine.

This time I added a tennis ball to the machine - hadn't tried this before.

The result was really pleasing. I'm not sure if it was the tennis ball, or the pre-boiling, but this time they were well felted.

They have felted so well I clearly didn't need two handles.

They have been warmly welcomed - and used - by the egg collectors!


margaret said...

what well felted egg baskets very nice indeed

katherine said...

Such a fun way to collect the eggs. They are gorgeous.

Monica said...

Wow, those are super cute, Jillian! They turned out really well. I bet the girls are having a lot of fun with them. :)

Jillian said...

Thanks Girls. Yes, they are proving to be a big hit!

JennyPennyPoppy said...

Really cute looking egg baskets!