For this year’s #autumnjubilee2020, I tried something new and I hope you have fun reading about this project. I did this project in just a couple of hours, having some fun while I watched old black and white horror movies on TV. Watching the original 1931 Dracula with Bella Lugosi and more of his horror classics, 1940s Frankenstein movies starring Peter Cushing, and more tales of terror with Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, Vincent Price, Lon Chaney Jr, Claude Rains, Lionel Atwill, Bette Davis, Lionel Barrymore, Basil Rathbone and many more is such fun on a rainy day. TCM is showing a bunch this month, and I’m not going to admit how many I have on DVD. Anyway, I set up a work space on my basement table with all the supplies needed – wool roving, two bowls, a big towel underneath, and my hot pot that keeps water hot. Not in the picture is some dish soap.
What are we making today? Wool acorns! My friend Mary makes these often, and I have wanted to try it. I ordered the roving a few weeks ago, and found a good day to try it. I will refer you to youtube for videos on the step by step process, there are many there to see. I watched several, and although they each had a slightly different method, some things were common to all. I started this project by going outside and gathering acorn caps from the front yard and meadow.
Begin the acorns by pulling off a small bit of wool and separating the fibers.
Stack the fibers, one horizontal layer alternating with a vertical layer, and repeating until you have a nice amount that fits in the palm of your hand. Put a dot of dish soap in the center and begin working it into the fibers, moving in a circular motion to gather the edges into the ball.
Work the ball by rolling it lightly, in your hands, and on the towel.
Dipping it in hot water, rolling, then in cold water and continue rolling. As the ball gets smaller, apply more pressure to form a tight felted ball. I still have more to do on this one, as it is still too large for the acorn cap.
More rolling, then I found a larger cap, and this one looks right.
Next time, I used a bit less roving in a gold color.
Soap, water, roll, hot water, roll, cold water, roll, repeat until the next ball is done.
Then I tried mixing colors.
These are looking good for a double cap.
It took about 7-8 minutes to make each little ball.
I let them dry overnight, then heated up the hot glue gun to finish the acorns. A bit of glue in the cap, then press the wool ball into it.
First six done!
Then another dozen, so fast and fun to make.
I didn’t spend any time on Halloween this year, so here are a couple of posts from previous Autumn Jubilees for some ideas. This year, it might be fun to make treat bags for your neighbors with my post Being the Great Pumpkin. Just leave one on a doorknob to bring some cheer particularly for those pretty much stuck at home.
For the kids, a fun project is to craft Hogwarts Textbooks from real books by adding cover details.
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