How to Wet Felt Liquorice Allsorts for Jewellery
Fun Wet Felting Project - Liquorice Allsorts
This fun Wet Felting Project has been designed to be used to make handcrafted felt Liquorice Allsort 'Sweets' which can be threaded on an elastic thread or even a narrow piece of leather which can be tied in a bow around the neck.
The Black and White sweets were made using the same method. A sushi mat was utilized but the layers of felt were rolled flat rather than rolled up in the Sushi Mat.
Items required for this Project
- Black Wool Roving
- Mixed Colors Roving - Blue, Red, Yellow and Red, White
- Hot Soapy Water - Grated Olive Oil Soap dissolved in the water or dish washing liquid which is not as kind to the wool or hands.
- Sushi Mat
- Thin Knitting Needle - the length should be equal to the width of one Sushi Mat
- Berol Marvin Medium (Modelling Glazing Glue)
Berol Marvin Medium Glue
I used Berol Marvin Medium Glue for this project. It is a modelling, glazing glue which can be used as a strong adhesive or thinned right down with water to stiffen fabric.
This product had the effect of not only stiffening the felt without changing it's color but it also gave the finished sweets a much more Liquorice like texture than might have been obtained otherwise.
The rolls of sweets easily be cut into sweets using a craft knife designed for cutting felt.. . I I recommend using this product when making these 'sweets'.
Cut off two pieces of Black Wool Roving
Place a thin knitting needle across the length of the wool roving
Wet the wool roving, across the whole length of the knitting needle with hot soapy water
Cover the knitting needle with wool roving
Place the wet roll close to one end of the Sushi Mat
Wrap the roll tightly in the sushi mat and roll carefully
Remove the Knitting Needle once the wool begins to firm up
Remove the knitting needle from the roll once the wool becomes stable.
Roll until firm
Once the knitting needle has been removed, roll up the length of wool in the sushi mat.. Keep checking it's progress. Open the sushi mat frequently - re-roll and then roll again. Once the wool shrinks back, move onto the next step.
The 2nd Layer/ Wet with hot soapy water as shown below
Wrap tightly in the Sushi Mat and roll
Cut three lengths of red roving as shown below:-
Once the two lengths of black wool roving have been felted together into a firm roll, cut three lengths of red roving to the width of the sushi mat as shown below.
Roll the wool in the mat for several minutes
Keep checking the felting process
The liquorice layer is complete
Place the black roving onto the 1st layer of red roving
Wrap the liquorice layer inside the first layer of red roving
Wrap in the sushi mat and roll
Repeat the process!
Repeat the procedure above until all three layers of red have been used up. Each layer should be rolled sufficiently to alllow the red and black layers to felt together. The final layer should be rolled repeatedly until it becomes firm under your hands.
Once you are quite satisfied that you have done enough to keep the layers together - keep the roll wrapped up in the sushi mat and plunge it into very hot water and then into cold water. Repeat this several times. Keep the roll of wool in the sushi mat until the water runs clear of soap.
The final layer with a few completed colored rolls in the background
Rolling the the sushi mat, the last layer
Berol Marvin Medium Glue
In a small container mix a quantity of Berol Marvin Medium Glue or if unobtainable, use some Modge Podge in equal quantities with warm water in a small squeeze bottle as shown in the images above.
Shake the mixture well and then pour on a quantity of the liquid throughout the full length of the roll. Place it on the sushi mat and roll - until the glue has been fully incorporated throughout all the layers of wool
Repeat this process on any subsequent rolls you might make.
Leave to dry on a cake rack or similar. Use a hair dryer if you want the layers to dry more quickly - now leave them to dry out completely before cutting with the craft knife.
The final rolling
A selection of colors
Cut into shapes
Cut into shapes when the felt has completely dried. Use a sharp craft knife designed to cut felt.
Wet Felted Liquorice Allsorts
© 2014 Sally Gulbrandsen