Lately, our wooly endeavours around here have been of the wet variety...we have been experimenting making felted mats and soap bars. While I could just about play with wool all day long, wet felting has always been a trickier craft for me. Last autumn, I had a lovely visit with Fiona Duthie who gave me a few little suggestions. She is also a homeschooling mama and as many of you know, she is one of the most creative fiber artists I have ever met. I thought of her and that special visit on Salt Spring Island when we dove right in to our stash of wool roving.
My children love getting their hands wet and sudsy...there is something calming and relaxing about playing with warm water. Nurturing, even. When my older two were very small, I often placed a basin of warm water sprinkled with lavender oil on the table. It helped soothe their hurts...both the physical and emotional kind. It never ceased to amaze me how this simple act of dipping hands into water could transform energy and pacify moods.
Simply, water felt good.
My children made a felted mat for their rooms last week. Forrest learned about the colour wheel and the nature of primary, secondary and tertiary colours. He is pretty thrilled with his creation, as are the younger two.
Yesterday, we also finally got around to felting the soap bars we had purchased before Christmas. This was such fun for everyone and I assure you even the youngest of children can do this craft. We plan to do it again and make several each for a stash of felted soaps to give as gifts throughout the year.
My children love to craft, as most children do. And after these two projects, I must say I feel a little more capable getting my hands wet with wool.
And I think I will pull out basin and fill it with some warm, sudsy lavender water...just in case.