Thursday, July 19th 2012
Border Collie Approved Window Treatments

My dad got into a weird post-divorce phase where he made origami. He’s an engineer. I suppose the precision needed was somehow therapeutic. There were brightly folded paper containers and animals EVERYWHERE. It was strange. Cute. Strange.

Yesterday I received in the mail an order of wool roving. (If that’s not right, forgive me, for I am new.)  Giant puffs of wool, ready to be transformed into… felted balls.   (aren’t those GORGEOUS?! Like Easter eggs. but not.)

I was sure I needed to wet-felt balls (I’m SURE that’s not how you say it, but I am new) and make Etsy-like garlands out of them  and put them over some white curtain topper things Mom made me a few years ago.

It’s a brown wall. There are bright white window treatments.

Neutral + Neutral = you see my problem here. I needed bright, furry, colorful ball things up there.

I had a friend’s boys over, and so i sat with 2 or 3 kids at a time and played with the wool fluff and added the soapy water and then the hot water and then after about 5-10 minutes, there was a gorgeous little fuzzy, felted sphere thing. Seth-6yr stayed with me the whole time, creating his own collection. The others wandered in and out, mystified at the point of the process.

Callie was BESIDE herself. I guess it’s that whole “border collie mix” thing she has going on, but she was all, “THAT CAME FROM A SHEEP, LET ME STICK MY FACE IN IT AND SNIFF AND MAYBE TASTE, OOOOOOH YUMMY, LIKE GOING HOME, YES IT IS…”  It became clear that we could not leave the room and trust her with the  irresistible wool stuff.

Seth-6yr created his third or fourth ball and then said, “So. We do this and then after, like, a LONG time, we are through… and we have a wet… hairball? THAT is what we are doing, right?”

Well. Yes. Origami is not for everyone.

I hear you can make these in your washing machine. But that kinda takes the hands-on therapeutic value right on out of it, so I didn’t try it.



(do you have ANY IDEA how difficult it is to write a post about this without making the expected childish puns even by ACCIDENT? I have done WELL.)


5 Comments on “Border Collie Approved Window Treatments”

July 19th, 2012
11:21 am

This whole process is new to me. I am behind on the latest crafting trends. I agree, the whole hands-on process sounds therapeutic, unless you are one of those people who wants to get to the end result the shortest possible way.
Can you put dye in the water and make colored puffs?
I would have just gone for the childish puns. But I have an immature streak. Puns crack me up.
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July 19th, 2012
12:05 pm


Me TOO. Odd show of restraint there.

I ordered a few colors of fluff and then mixed them together- but u CAN dye your own.


July 19th, 2012
3:24 pm

I really can’t wait to see the pretty hand-crafted hairballs.

July 22nd, 2012
9:42 am

I’ve seen this done with a dry felting technique too where you use a barbed needle to poke at the wool over and over until it basically matts up into a ball. Given your penchant for injuring yourself and the fact that there are children involved I wouldn’t recommend it, but it does seem like it could also be quite therapeutic.
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July 23rd, 2012
2:42 pm

i know! i’m waiting on an order of greens/turquoises right now!

really?! because i bought one of those barbed needle tool things and don’t know what to do with it! I”LL HAVE TO TRY!!!

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