A play mat…
I’ve had plans of making this since… November I think. I finally bought the wool in February. The fact that it’s completed 12 days before Easter is an AMAZING accomplishement! Granted, it’s not quite completed, but mostly!
I didn’t know how to lay my base — and while I thought about it, I didn’t figure it out — but of course now that I’m done I know exactly what I should have done. Oops. I have a few holes in my fabric… that I’m going to have to get creative about fixing.
Also — I didn’t make my top layer thick enough. I totally thought it was – even though it said to make it 1″ — by looking at my mat I thought “this will be fine”. I was wrong… again, I’ll have to get creative about fixing issues!
Finally — my base shared fibers in the felting process – so I have an “overlay” of deep purple/brownish on my mat – but i’m just going to pretend it’s earth!
Oh and my caves — not well made at all. I now know how I could make this playmat much much much better — but of course i’m out of wool. I figure I’ll watch the children play with it — and maybe make them a new one for their birthday or christmas with another theme.
My initial goal was to make it a farm (like in the premier issue of Living Crafts) and I was even going to mimic my parents farm — but then thought that was imposing what should be where — and I was happier with them playing with a “blank nature canvas” not “a specific farm”. We’ll see, I might eventually make it…
I do have to say that felting wool is INCREDIBLE. It’s such an amazing thing to create — fabric out of whispy fibres? really? YES! strong durable fabrics at that. amazing!
On with the overload of photos!
Now, onto the bunnies & ducks that need to be sewn for this playscape! 🙂