How to make wet felted gloves with fingers

This tutorial was born after many hours of deliberation and thought. I
wanted to produce a pair of wet felted gloves which had fingers and thumbs.

You may wish to experiment as I did with different types of stuffing for the
hand lasts. You could even consider using sand or even polystyrene foam spray!

Using this method, I was able to utilize a tumble dryer for fast results.

A pair of rubber gloves and a small funnel. I cut the funnel section off.
I suggest that a large plastic scoop will work a lot quicker placed in the
bag of polystyrene filler for a tidy result. The polystyrene has this awful
habit of escaping and clinging to everything.

Polystyrene filling

Filling the glove with a plastic funnel.

Having filled the gloves, I inserted a cd which was surplus to requirements
'The Death of a Salesman' did rather nicely:)

The 2 rubber gloves filled.

This image shows how the cd was added, after which it was
taped in with plastic tape.

Merino wool roving, hot soapy water and the 2 filled gloves.
Use either dishwashing liquid or grated olive soap diluted in
hot soapy
water. Olive oil soap is kind to the hands:)

Begin by wetting the first rubber glove with hot soapy water.

Pull off pieces of merino wool roving and place them onto
the rubber glove.

Add a few layers and cover a small area a bit at a time.

Cover with curtain netting. Wet the fibers down with the
hot soapy water. This will help keep the fibers in place as
you continue around the whole of the last.

Continue adding and wetting the wool fibers as before.

Both sides completed and ready to add fibers to the fingers.

Start by covering the fingers with wool fibers.

Continue around each finger until the whole of each finger is
completely covered in woolen fibers.

Pull down each finger and ensure that you have an even layer of
fibers. No holes or gaps should ever be apparent. Even the
slightest gap will result in either a thin spot or a hole in the
finished glove.

One glove is covered in wet fibers. Repeat the
process with the next glove.

Begin covering the first layer with a second layer of fibers.

Complete one area, before moving onto the next.

Work around the whole of the hand, first one side and then the next

Cover and wet the curtain netting, rub and move around the hand.

As can be seen here, the wet fibers should be is smoothed down before
moving to the next area.

The same should happen with the fingers, add fibers, wet and smooth down.

Add small pieces at a time. Try to maintain the same thickness throughout
this process. You will save yourself a lot of heartache later.

Woring around the fingers to ensure an even layer of the fibers is achieved.

Using a piece of bubble-wrap cover the glove last and wet the outside of the
bubble-wrap and massage the wool fibers well below.

Lifting the bubble-wrap to check the contents below.

Moving onto the next area and massaging the wool below.

The felting process is beginning to take shape

The fibers have felted together as we can clearly see here.

Performing the pinch test and making sure that none of the fibers
move beneath my fingers.

Giving the fibers a good massage with a little more hot soapy water
to make sure that everything is where it should be.

Massaging the gloves.

The fibers should be massaged firmly so that they look like this.
It can clearly be seen that the fibers have knitted together.

Two Gloves

Plunge into hot and then cold water, do this two or three times.

Rinse until water runs clear.

Take out the glove lasts very carefully and then 'full' them by gently hitting the gloves against the kitchen sink or an outside wall so that the fibers can begin to tighten and fuse together.
Trim the edges carefully and hit them against the sink until they no longer have a 'cut' look.

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