I’ve been working on a prototype for a new product that I will be selling exclusively through Wholly Craft For those reading who aren’t local to Columbus, Wholly Craft is a curated shop that sells handmade goods, many locally produced, in Clintonville, one of Columbus’s hippest neighborhoods. They carry just about anything you can think of to buy as a gift for someone you love (or yourself!) – stationery featuring bicycles, guitar pick cuff links, aprons made of vintage fabric, soaps in the shape of hand grenades, knitted hats with cat ears, and on and on.
I already sell one product, the Mini-man Bow Tie, at the store. And in early March I will be adding hand felted bracelets in colors ranging from sophisticated neutrals to daring near-flourescents. The bracelets are all made, by me, of wool or a wool-silk blend. They’re incredibly light and easy to wear.
This is perhaps the first time that I’ve written about felting on this blog, so let me explain just a bit about how it works.
Felting is the process of creating a piece of solid material from loose fibers, most commonly sheep’s wool. There are two methods that can be used to create felt by hand. One process, wet felting, requires water and friction, regularly with the addition of soap to speed things along. The other uses a specialized, and very sharp, barbed needle to pierce the mass of fibers and tangle them together. That process is fittingly called needle felting.
Both activities are great fun, and wet felting is a kid-friendly activity that requires very little clean-up.
In the coming months, I’ll be sharing more about felting in this space.
In the meantime, stop by Wholly Craft and check out their wares!