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Felted Christmas Lights

You can do this one in plenty of time for the festivities.  It really is not difficult and I think you'll agree, the effect is wonderful.  You can color match the felt with your Christmas decoration which will look really stylish.

Materials Needed:
- fairy lights
- olive soap or soap flakes
- wool roving
- towel
- plastic to make a resist (just use some stiff 3mm plastic)
- bubblewrap

1.  Make the resist.  The triangle is 7cms wide by 9cms high.  Add a 1cms border at the bottom so it looks like a witch's hat.

2.  Lay out the felt. Hold the end of the roving loosely in one hand and gently pull off a section.  Hold your four fingers against the pad of your palm and trap the wool there and pull firmly.

Lay out 3 thin layers of felt like this.  When you start out vertically, the second layer needs to be layed out horizontally and the third one vertically again.

Then place the resist on top of the layed out wool roving.

Then lay out three thin layers of felt - mostly in the middle of the resist.

Then fold the felt on the sides over to the middle.

3.  Put some soap flakes into a glass or grte some olive oil soap.  Pour hot water in the glass and let the soap melt.  Sprinkle drops of hot soapy water on the roving.

Press lightly onto the wet roving and make sure that there are no 'holes'. If there are holes, you need to add a bit more roving before rubbing lightly.

Rub the wool gently while it is on the bubblewrap. When you feel that the fibers are more attached to each other you can rub the other side and also rub it between your hands.  Then you can take out the resist and rub it some more. As soon as the fibers are attached, they won't attach any more when taking away the resist.

4.  Rinse.

This is what it should look like after you have rinsed.

5.  Snip off a small amount at the top for your lights to fit through.

Repeat all of the above for however many lights you have on your garland.

6. Fit your felt covers over your lights.

All done!

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