The goals for this assignment was to create a very simple circuit that allowed a LED to be switched on and off using with a single cell battery and to become familiar with felting.
Because I missed this class, I wasn’t sure where exactly to start when deciding what sort of design I wanted to make or how to make it. I turned to Pinterest for the answer. This was a mistake because I saw what was possible rather than what I was cable of creating. I still really want to make an adorable 3D felted cat, but that will have to be a project for another time. In the end, I enlisted a friend in the class to teach me the felting basic and got to work with more realistic expectations.
I love the cosmos and the stars, so I decided my more realistic project would be some sort of light up star, very suiting this project. What’s more, during my Pinterest and Google exploration, I noticed that there was a simple hack to creating interesting felting projects, using a cookie cutter. Luckily, I’m also love baking and have a small collection of cookie cutters on hand, one of which happened to be a star! Using this star to guide me, I set about felting. First I create the base, one star-shaped piece of felt. Then I created a little platform that would prevent the LED from being switched on at all moments. This was a little bar or block of felt that would prop up one of the LED legs.
After my little felt platform was created, I set about felting together the top layer of the star. This one, I completed to about 75% cohesive, as I figured I needed to felt the two layers together and it would come together more easily if they were a bit unfinished. I probably should have applied the same logic to the bottom layer, but that’s a lesson for next time. I assembled all the layers within the cookie cutter, and felted them together.