A cobweb scarf is a lightweight scarf made from soft, delicate wool. The cobweb name comes from the holes left in the wool after forming the scarf, which gives the scarf a cobweb-like or lacy appearance. The process used to make this style of scarf is called “felting.” In the felting process, loose wool is gathered and manipulated into a shrinking and kneading process to weave the loose fibers into a solid fabric. The result is a lightweight but warm wool scarf that is distinctive and beautiful.
- Large container
- Loose wool roving
- Cotton sheet
- Bubble wrap
- Liquid soap
- Wooden dowel rod
Lay the sheet into a shallow pan on top of a flat surface. Make sure the surface can withstand water and heat. Place the bubble wrap over the sheet, then place a layer of mosquito netting over the bubble wrap.
Place a layer of roving onto the netting, about twice as long and wide as you want the final scarf. To make a standard sized scarf, lay out a strips of roving to about 72 by 11 inches. Lay a total of three layers, criss crossing each layer. Pull apart the wool in random areas to make holes. This will make the basic cobweb shape.
Cover the wool with a second mosquito netting layer. Place about 10 drops of liquid soap into a gallon of water. Mix the soap until suds form. Pour the hot water over the wool.
Push the sheet together into an accordion shape from end to end. Bunch up the sheet and dip it into a large container of hot soapy water. Squeeze out some of the water. Knead the sheet together for about one minute. Repeat the dipping and kneading process five times. Peel back the mosquito netting after each session to prevent it from sticking to the wool.
Remove the mosquito netting from the scarf. Roll the scarf around a wooden dowel rod. Roll the scarf around the table for about five minutes to compact the wool fibers further. Unroll the scarf and re-roll it from a different direction. Repeat the rolling process until the scarf is the desired shape, softness and size.
Rinse the wool in clean water to remove all traces of soap. Allow the wool to air dry before using or wearing the scarf. It can take up to 24 hours for the scarf to completely dry. You can also make other crafts using the felting process, such as felt dolls and felt hats.