Saturday, March 30, 2013

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Dear readers, 
I hope you have  wonderful easter holidays many eggs to search for under the snow.
Here is a little tutorial . For Egg warmers to keep boiled eggs on the breakfast table warm and cosy! While you are out for the egg hunt!
They are fast to make and even for kids easy to do. So just a nice easter project for grey afternoons like today.

First you need to trace the pattern on to the material your template should be cut out of.
I regularly use foot fall sound insulation, that is the stuff that is used underneath a parquet floor, but you can also use milk carton for example or bubble wrap.

Next you have to layer your wool over your template covering the whole thing, remember to leave some overlap. Wet with soapy water and gently press down.  Turn template over, fold in the edges (overlap) and repeat to layer the center with wool. Wet again gently press down.
Then again cover on the same side the whole template  with wool this time with overlap!
wet, press down and turn . Don't forget to fold over the edges!!
Lay a layer wool in the middle. 
Now you should have two layers of wool on each side.
Use small amount of skin colored wool to cover up the face. When you are planning to do the sheep you need to lay uncombed wool onto your template as a last touch.
When you are done cover your project with bubble wrap, bubbles facing towards the wool! and start to rub gently. If the hands are not gliding  just wet the plastic with soapy water a little bit!
When the wool has shrunken and is tight around your template you can cut  it open and remove the inside.
Now you have to squeeze an roll the egg cozy for quit some time until it is quite durable.

Rinse until all the soap is out!

For the ears you just have to lay out two layers of wool in your desired color. ( 10 cm x 3 cm long)
Wet it , cover with bubble wrap and massage until it holds together.
Squeeze out the excess water and roll in your hands until it is firm.
Rinse in clear water!

With a hole punch in a small setting punch two holes in your animal. 
With a crochet hook get your ear stripe through. 
Cut in shape.

Stuff carded wool in your animal head and pinch with a felting needle the eyes and nose. 

The cheeks get a little rose touch with a water-color pencil, ribbon and finished!!