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Saturday, 6 October 2012

Felt Day and Futte Futtes

A big thank you goes out to all of those who came along to Felt Day. There was a buzz of creativity and we had a fantastically fun day, with lots of you taking part in classes and drop in "make and take" sessions.

We welcomed Paul back with a bang - he took the extremely popular "giant felt flower" class, and with a little bit of cutting and stitching, these amazing flowers literally grew before our eyes - showstoppers each and every one.

Sue of SewSister guided us through the joys (and perils) of needle- felting (yes there were a few pricked fingers) but the results were definately worth it!
And she brought her menagerie of hand made creatures along with her too - wherever Sue goes she seems to have a troop of creatures following  - last time we saw her she had a life size (baby) giraffe poking out the top of her car!

All things considered the star of the show had to be the "Futte Futte". Yes you heard correctly the "Futte Futte". Our lovely Corinne was on hand to demonstrate this ingenous little tool. Just pop in some wool roving - shake it about in some warm soapy water for a bit and then out pops a fully-formed perfect felt ball - amazing! If you are of an organised mind you can weigh the roving before it goes in. Use the same weight pieces to create felt balls of regular size (we found this was great for making multiple robins, and peas in pods) or use different weight pieces to make felt balls of graduating size (perfect for snowmen and caterpillars). It really was a revelation.

On display we also had the results of our staff felt roll challenge, so head over to our sister company's blog  http://www.buttoncompany.blogspot.co.uk   for the results and for the first in the series of our felt roll based tutorials.......

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