Friday, January 27, 2012
Making Wool Cookies
Time to Make Wool Cookies
Let me show you how I make them,
why I need them.
I purchased this splendid 4-drawer file cabinet for under $100 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.
It sits in the west dormer sewing area of the art studio.
The wool cookies will replace the cardboard under the file cabinet. I'm not planning to move the file cabinet again, but the wool cookies (furniture pads) will help protect the floor.
Lesson Learned: don't move furniture larger than you are across a new floor.
Two 8-inch long scratches on the new floor remind me I should have made the wool pads sooner.
This is a hunk of boiled wool.
I purchased several wool jackets from Goodwill in November.
One evening I sat on the couch and cut up two jackets.
Lesson Learned: don't sit on the couch and cut up wool jackets, it makes such a mess. It is twice the work to clean up the mess than cutting it at the work table to begin with.
I washed the cut up wool pieces in the hottest setting in the washing machine, then off to the dryer.
There you have it, the simple steps to make your own wool felt.
I originally made wool felt for the Litte Girls Sewing Club--a sewing group who joins me the day after Thanksgiving every year. On that day we make (sew/craft) gifts all day long while their Moms and Grandmothers go Christmas shopping.
The wool felt hunks the Little Girls made into drinking coasters,
and topped them with machine embroidered leaves.
I still have lots of wool felt left over, and it is a perfect material for furniture foot pads.
Two layers of wool felt + glue + weights
By the way, the nice little juice glasses I purchased (14pc) for $4 at Unique Interiors--a second hand store in Greenville, WI. Way cool, eh?
Glued up, and ready for assembly and weights--they remind me I need to go to the store and get milk.
So I went to the store, got the milk, resisted the temptation to buy a bag of oreo cookies. But when I returned home--the longing for cookies continued, so I did the unthinkable . . . I caved . . . I baked chocolate chip cookies. It's been a week now, there are still cookies left in the jar. They are as hard as hockey pucks.
Tell me, is it bad to feed crunched-up cookies to the birds? Jon says I have to stop throwing peelings out the back door, because I'm attracting skunks. Lesson Learned.