Today I made my second ever bowl and it is so much better than the first one. My first bowl just wouldn’t hold it’s shape and insisted on sagging.
I thought it probably wasn’t “my thing” and it took me a week to try again. I was inspired to have another go after I seeing one for sale on the internet while having a browse. This one looked lighter than mine, both in colour and by the fact that it was lit up from inside and the light shone through the felt.
Thanks Rosiepink at Rosiepink.typepad.co.uk.for your instructions by the way.
I did three things differently with my second bowl.
Firstly I rinsed my flat round felt shape with the resist still inside, with cold water followed by hot water (instead of plunging the bowl into cold at the end) It probably didn’t make a difference, it’s just what I do when I wet felt my pictures . (And it was sooo soapy by then I had to do something !)
Secondly I used a much thinner resist.I used bubble wrap, it being the only suitable thing to hand. Last time I used kitchen lino, it was such a job to get it out through the small circle that I’d cut, that I really stretched the felt.
Thirdly I worked longer and harder at fulling the felted bowl at the end and used better tools. I found a teaspoon instead of a desert spoon worked better for me and I also used a Nerf ball that I found in my son’s bedroom. It ended up covered in fluff but he was cool about it.
I was so excited that my second bowl had worked, and that I’d tried again and improved at something that I had almost given up on, that I jumped up and down several times. This caused a squirrel that was in the garden to come over and put his paw up at the window to see what was going on. Really.