Ode to felting

March 14, 2009 at 10:18 pm Leave a comment

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To be perfectly honest, I didn’t quite understand the appeal of felted* bowls until I made one. It didn’t make sense — a soft bowl, a fabric bowl. It would be too flimsy to be useful, get too dirty to be practical.

But then — oh brother — I gave it a try, and after I did, I was fierce in love.

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At first, I loved the novelty of seeing a raw crocheted piece transform gradually and dramatically, the characteristic stitches fade away, the surface texture and shape changing, becoming something more polished and refined, with a unique tactile quality.

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Then I put it to work. And let me tell you, in a room full of hard, cold, predictable elements, a lively felted bowl is just the thing to add an unexpected punch of softness, warmth, and personality. And when it gets too dusty, I can just toss it in the wash.

I love felted bowls. I love felting.

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This felted pumpkin isn’t a bowl, but I love it too.

I can think of a few other crochet projects that would be exciting felting projects — to take it that extra mile and give it a touch of polish, seemingly sophisticated crafty know-how. It kind of takes away some of the “tack” factor that some crochet projects tend to elicit, don’t you think? I do.

It’s all about graceful utility — design at its finest. And I can totally dig that.

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* Okay, I know this is technically fulling. But I’m using the commonly, albeit incorrectly, used term felting for simplicity’s sake. That’s just how I roll.

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