This was my first time ever fulling, or if you like felting, e(i)ther (e)ither, what ever floats your boat. Here is our pirate pal prior to being thrown in the washing machine.
I am so thrilled with how he has turned out… for a fiend that is. His bandana needs a bit more fulling but that should be easy enough. We have a front loader washing machine so fulled this fellow at 65°C with an old pair of jeans and a tennis ball. I’m not sure exactly how long he was in the machine – there was a dinner to cook, a tantrum to defuse and a babe to soothe – but my instinct thinks it didn’t need to be for as long as it was. This ship’s mate sure did shrink after his plunge.
He wasn’t that easy to pack with poly-fill, but with a bit of poking and prodding he has been nicely stuffed. I really was a good chance to finish this handmade toy for the big boys birthday if it hadn’t been for the dreadlocks. They took forever to hook, made up of close to two 50g balls of wool.
I’m so glad I kept going with them… they’re my favourite part.
Best of all – E adores him. Thinks he’s the best, was purely delighted to meet him. Chuffed. I think the two of them will be scheming, pirating and sailing the high seas for a while to come. Brilliant.