19 February 2008

Woollie - Baby Blankets

I was asked what I made my baby blankets from, so I thought I would oblige.

I use pre-felt that I buy at the fabulous Twist Fibre Craft (they will ship!) It's a cream merino fabric - you could also dye it but I prefer to leave it cream, though I guess sometimes that cream is not the best colour for a baby!


I put it in the washing machine at 30 degrees and out comes the felted fabric (it shrinks by about half) - all bumpy and soft and lovely.
 


Then I cut shapes - a large piece for the blanket and smaller shapes for the flaps, handles and tags before I start embroidering. Normally I have an idea of where I am going with the blankie design but I don't have the whole picture in my mind when I start. It just sort of evolves along the way!



19 comments:

TopChamp said...

they really are very pretty. You make it sound so easy but I don't believe it for a second!

Bethany Hissong said...

It sounds so soft!! I just LOVE your embroidering...LOVE!!! That was the first thing I saw by you and am still in awe of it to this day! LOVE!!!

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Those blankies are gorgeous! And your embroidery is perfect for them.

Kari said...

I think leaving it cream is perfect!

Jade said...

What a lovely blanket! And wonderful stitching as well!

melissa said...

That is such a brilliant little blanket! It looks like the sort of thing that a child could grow quite attached to and carry everywhere with him!

tine said...

I love them!! Maybe I'll change my mind for baby....
Your embroidery is so wonderful!!!
Yes, I think I may change my mind...

tine said...

P.S.: i can never enlarge any of your photos though the hand symbol shows when i roll over them, weird.

Claudia said...

I really love the embroideries that you did. It is super cute and original.

d e a r said...

Dear Di,

I am so happy having one of these treasures in my home! Interresting reading about how you´re making them. I wonder if one could buy second hand wool-sweatters and schrink them in the washing-machine and get felt out of them to use in the same way??? (maybe?)

CONGRATULATIONS, Di (much too late) to your one year anniversery! I thought you had been here alot longer!

A HUG to you!

j said...

you're so creative. I've never seen anybody make anything similar. your embroidery designs are wonderful, too.

thanks for sharing the how-to. I just love this one you show here- birds and trees and dog.

Anne said...

I love these blankets you make; you should sell them. It's nice to have a natural play/blanket for a wee one, rather than a something plastic.

life in yonder said...

Your felted blankets looks so soft and I love you embroidery style. The combination of wool and stitch is perfect!

Felicia said...

Groovy technique for such cute blankets :)

amisha said...

your blankets are so beautiful! i really love the wool + embroidery. thank you for sharing your technique! xo

syko kajsa said...

I LOVE your blankies! They are beautiful and they look very fun for a baby too, lots of shapes to play with!

Kari & Kijsa said...

Those are adorable...just wanted to stop by and say thank you for all the sweet birthday wishes...

Have a blessed and wonderful day...

smiles, kari (& kijsa)

Melissa said...

absolutely gorgeous. i love how original your blankies are! they'd be a treasured heirloom too. x

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