5.31.2011

Wet Felting a Killer Rabbit

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I have felted purses and bags before, but that was the extent of my felting journey. I saw Claudia on The Knitting Blog by Mr. Puffy the Dog blog felt an adorable bunny and knew I had to try it. With the help of instructions from The Daily Felt, and some You Tube Videos (I like this one by Brookelynn Morris), I was off.

Wet Felting with a resist, to make a 3D item.

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I cut this shape out of some packing material to use as my resist. This will be placed in the middle. I’ll layer pieces on the top and bottom, wet felt and then cut them apart to stuff it. Sounds easy? Let’s see if it is….

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I need some bubble wrap, use it bubble side towards your felting, If it is not wide enough, you can duct tape it together to make it wider, (duct tape on the smooth side)

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Follow the instructions on the Felting lessons site

1-Very warm water, and quite a bit of soap, work this into the bunny, on both sides, until the “pinch test” does not produce fibers. (see video)

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OK not looking very bunny like here, more like a blue blob.

2. Fulling- Strengthens the felt

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3. Rinsing the felt

And then drying and stuffing your creature, I needle felted the opening together.

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I cut the eyes and teeth out of felt and then needle felted it on. This bunny reminds me of the Monty Python and the Holy Grail movie with the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog.

 

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In the film, King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table are led to the Cave of Caerbannog by Tim the Enchanter, and find that they must face down both the Rabbit and the Black Beast. The Cave of Caerbannog ("caer bannog" being Welsh for "turreted castle") is the home of the Legendary Black Beast of Aaaaarrrrrggggghhhhh. This is guarded by a monster which is initially unknown. King Arthur and his knights are led to the cave by Tim the Enchanter, and find that they must face down its guardian beast. Tim verbally paints a picture of a terrible monster with "nasty, big, pointy teeth!", so terrifying that Sir Robin soils his armour. When the guardian appears to be an innocuous white rabbit,surrounded by the bones of the fallen. Very scary!! LOL

For those of you not interested in Killer Rabbits, try a coin purse, or I like the following link to a felted beret below!

Have fun!

Interested in trying a felted beret? Take a look at this video by Threadbanger

Also see this site from Terry Feltinglessons.com, she has felting info, and projects, lots of videos also to help you out! Thanks Terry!

7 comments:

  1. "I *warned* you, but did you listen to me? Oh, no, you *knew*, didn't you? Oh, it's just a harmless little *bunny*, isn't it?"

    He's cute but I won't go near!

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  2. Oh No!! You were right! Watch out, he will take on your teddy bears!
    Run Away!!
    Vicki
    LOL

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  3. What a wickedly luscious bunny.

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  4. That rabbit is completely awesome! What's weird is that I just watched a documentary about Monty Python last night... whoa... trippy....

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  5. Hi, Vicki,
    Brrr...what a monstrous bunny?! But it looks funny. I love and admire your sense of humour and skills.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  6. I love Monty Python, so funny!!
    I forgot how silly!
    Vicki

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  7. Absolutely awesome Rabbit! so cute,beautiful and blue! it remaind me of this song "I am blue" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOvupKClPws&feature=related :)

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