Category Archives: felt yurt

Ya, it’s a YURT

Here’s the finished effort, although I still might add some earthenware beads around the entryway. This was 6 panels, done largely by very small hands. I gave the panels a simple tumble through a short cycle in the washing machine to further tighten up the wool but it was impressive how well the children managed to hand felt these panels without holes or gaps.The cats are in heaven and wondering why there hasn’t been a wool yurt in their lives before this. It stands almost 3 feet tall so it’s plenty roomy for two cats. They like it best with the flap closed, thank you very much.The colored bits and pieces of wool and fleece that the children chose for surface design make this yurt a bit more flashy than most authentic Mongolian yurts, but, you know, those Mongolians could take some design cues if they were so inclined. The yurt has been here for a couple days while I hand stitched the panels together and tomorrow it will go back to the Morean Arts Center and be on display there until further notice. And then, the cats want it back.

A quite unusual cold, rainy day in St. Petersburg…

…was just the thing to bring families in to help build our yurt at the Morean Arts Center. I am completely exhausted- large scale felting is hard work! So here are just a few photos and then I’ll share the incredibly beautiful finished product when the students in my class help me get it all assembled. Right now there are sheets of felted wool drying everywhere and I’m going to take a nap…(I love this busy little hand in the midst of creating. Click to enlarge because it’s very sweet)(Everyone was either laying out and designing wool panels, wetting and rolling felt or working on the felt sheep to complete our display.)(I took a moment away from the panel I was working on to exclaim at the beauty of another one in progress.)

Now don’t you want to see what this was all leading up to? More photos soon, promise.