Here is a great project to make with french knitting
- a teapot mat.
(See this earlier post on french knitting.)
Use wool for this project, as it is going to be felted.
Make a length of french knitting. Coil it into a circle. You may have to try this a few times till you get the desired size. Mine is approx 6 1/2 inches across.
Take a needle and length of wool, and starting from one end, curl the french knitting into a circle and continue to stitch the coils together till you get to the end. Hide the tail end of the wool in the mat.
The next step is to felt the wool.
In a basin of hot soapy water, gently rub the mat till it felts up. Rinse. Give it a quick spin. Then dry the mat, keeping it flat. I gave it a day to dry.
You can see by the picture that your mat is looking a bit different now, the colours have blended together a little, and it has flattened out.
Now to add on the felt base.
Place the mat on piece of coordinating felt and cut around it.
Place some safety pins in to keep it all together.
Stitch the felt base on. I used six strands of embroidery cotton.
I also stitched in the centre between the coils to secure the felt.
Project finished! A nice cosy mat to put your teapot on.
I hope you enjoyed this fun tutorial. Let me know if you make one, I'd love to see it.