Tactile Felt Spindle Case

Maia of Tactile Fibers presented me with a challenge a few months ago: make a felt case for a drop-spindle using their naturally dyed blue-faced leicester roving. Always game for a challenge, I agreed. She suggested I model it after the case made in this Splindicity needlepunch tutorial.

spindle_seaweed

The first case was a little wide, but appeared to be the correct length (10″ x 6 1/2″). The color looks very blue, but is actually very kelp, also the name of the colorway.

spindle_apricot

The second case looks to be the correct width, but a little long (14″ x 5″). This was made primarily in the tangerine colorway.

I’m off to work up a few more pieces of flat felt. Lessons to be learned from this project will include the value of consistency and careful documentation. While it is nice to make many one-of-a-kind scarves, the rigors of production felting will force me to grow in a more controlled fashion.

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6 Responses to “Tactile Felt Spindle Case”


  1. 1 Loren Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Would be very cool if the case had sometype of belt loop so you could attach to yourself and keep the roving nearby. Then you could move around while spindling – sort of like those yarn bracelets so you can knit and walk but better because I never stand up when I am knitting, but always when I am drop spindling.

    • 2 Loren Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 2:52 pm

      That being said, both are beautiful and I can imagine my spindle living very happily on a case such as those, esp. the orange one.

  2. 3 Kendall Micayla Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Cool shape! I love the blue one. :)

  3. 4 kneek Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Thanks for the tip Loren. The handle is a great idea. I’ll work it into the next prototype.

  4. 5 carrie Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Those are great! Will you be selling them even though they’re prototypes? I kind of like the idea of extra space, maybe length might be better, to store the extra roving.

  5. 6 kneek Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Everything is for sale, all the time.


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