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bear – it’s cold outside!

February 26, 2021

thinking about projects to keep me busy

I had one of those brilliant ideas – ha!

finally finished spinning and plying all the Romney wool

could I weave it, felt it and use it for bear fabric?

so start small and experiment

four squares woven on the pin loom and stitched together

then scrubbed energetically on the old scrub board

(from a time when we lived on a sailboat and the family wash was done in a bucket in cold salt water)

lots of soap and very hot water – then rinsed in cold water and repeated several times

well you would think that would do the job – how many times have you accidentally felted a favorite sweater?

but no – it needed to be felted enough so when cut it wouldn’t fall apart

so then it went into the washer – and then the dryer

and finally into the dye pot

being a bit frustrated I threw in several handfuls of onion skins and a skein of yarn

well what do you do with a small square of un-felted wool?

make a bear sweater

Littlebear loves the colour and the madder dyed crochet matches his scarf

I’ve been saving the little blue flower button for something special and it matches the flowers in his ears

the sweater is a little bit too big but we hope he’ll grow into it

17 Comments leave one →
  1. March 1, 2021 6:35 am

    Well, you’re not going to be able to shrink it to fit him, are you? Anyway, it’s lovely and such a great colour.


  2. christine permalink
    February 27, 2021 9:31 pm

    What a glorious, glorious colour and my favourite. The jacket turned out beautifully except for the part where it didn’t felt.


    • February 27, 2021 10:44 pm

      Christine – I was so surprised after all the effort that it really didn’t felt but when you look at the picture you can see an amazing amount of “tracking”. The yellow is rather bright, think I used enough onion skins for a pound of wool!


  3. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    February 27, 2021 6:42 am

    I think you discovered another example of Murphy’s Law there Jean! I thnk bear looks very smart in his new jacket and I like the idea that he might grow into it!


    • February 27, 2021 10:33 am

      Sue – Murphy’s Law indeed! No matter how many years I work with fibre it still has surprises. I’ll just have to find another fabric to make a sister bear with.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. February 27, 2021 12:50 am

    This is just lovely, such a cheerful colour and a fun project.


    • February 27, 2021 10:36 am

      Cathy – the colour certainly proves that natural dyes don’t have to be dull and boring. We need a little sunshine this dreary February.


  5. jilloy permalink
    February 26, 2021 3:31 pm

    It’s gorgeous Jean!


  6. Kathy permalink
    February 26, 2021 1:51 pm



  7. February 26, 2021 12:54 pm

    What a pity it didn’t behave itself. The theory is impeccable, it should have worked. Maybe a tighter weave or a looser spin? Or both? And although yellow isn’t my colour, that is a loud, glorious and triumphant yellow.


    • February 26, 2021 1:56 pm

      Kate – a tighter weave on the pin loom is not possible, it is what it is. Possibly the plying is too tight. The yellow is all of those adjectives and a couple more, not my favorite either – but bear likes it!

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  8. February 26, 2021 11:49 am

    Grow into it – 🙂 The sweater is adorable.
    I have had similar experiences with wool I’ve wanted to felt, which wouldn’t – and that which did felt, which wasn’t supposed to. The universe plays tricks!


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