Monthly Archives: May 2013

How to make a Feather Duster

Feather Duster

Last week I noticed lots of cobwebs around the house and decided it was time I owned a feather duster.

As I’m still on a mission (as always) to use up all my scraps of assorted materials left over from previous projects. I remembered I had lots of multi coloured feathers and some bamboo – from my attempt at gardening.

This was a wonderfully fun quick project to make.

What you’ll need -

  • Hot glue gun + glue sticks
  • Yarn
  • Feathers
  • Bamboo /handle
  • Fleece (optional)

I used three pieces of bamboo to make a nice sturdy handle. Cut the bamboo sticks to the desired length. I made mine quite long to reach the ceiling.

Feather Duster Step 1

Feather Duster Step 1

Step 1. Hold the sticks together at one end. Put a small amount of glue between the sticks and wrap the yarn around to pull them together tightly. Cut and knot the yarn. Repeat this step in the middle and at the other end so that the sticks are firmly held together.

 

Feather Duster Step 2

Feather Duster Step 3

Feather Duster Step 3

 

Step 2. For the feather end I tightly wrapped it with sheep fleece and yarn to create a padded end so that it wouldn’t scratch the wall – it ended up looking a bit like a torch. This also give the end more surface area to apply the feathers to.

 

 

Step 3. Apply the feathers from the end working back towards the handle, making sure to keep the glue on the base of the feathers. Leave it to dry for about ten mins or so to make sure the glue has cooled.

Feather Duster Step 4

Feather Duster Step 4

 

 

Step 4. Enjoy dusting with you new duster!

Wonderwool 2013!

wonderwool

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Last weekend I made my way to Wonderwool Wales on the Royal Welsh show grounds in Builth Wells for a day of yarny goodness!

This was the third Wonderwool I had been too, and as usual it was full of varying stalls selling items from fleece to finished products. Armed with a short list of things I would like, I made my way round, once to look and at least once to buy!

Me looking at yarn.

Me looking at yarn.

I found some beautiful chinese tribal batik’s and embroidery at Slow Loris Textiles. Martin Conlan the stall owner told us a lot about the origins of the textiles and how they were meticulously created.

I spent most of the day trying to avoid being tempted by fleece and other such fibers. I was very aware that I still have about 8kgs of fleece in the utility which needs using first. But I did get a small amount of raw pink silk (as I needed it) to finish off a dress that is far from being finished.

Goodies from Wonderwool

 

As usual I had a wonderful time and came home excited for next years Wonderwool!