I know there are a lot of talented people in this newsgroup and hope that at
least one can help me. I am about to start a silverware chest. Have worked
out the design I want and located a source for treated felt but have no idea
how to line it around the actual silverware holders. Has anyone made/lined
one before? Thanks.
I completed a silverware chest for my new daughter in law last winter.
The felt is tucked down into each slot in the silver holder and then
the faces are "pleated" into place. I fastened it all underneath the
slotted holder with hot glue before mounting the holder in the chest.
No cutting or slitting of the felt is done, just pleating the fabric on
the sides to take up the excess.
May want to try some flocking on areas that would be difficult to cover with
felt. Something I've seen done but never had a need to try myself is to
steam form the felt (as in hat making). I saw it being done while living in
Montana at a gun shop - the gunsmith also made custom cases.
You might look for the whatever they treat the felt with
before trying a steam or boiling aproach; either will
probably strip any existing treatment out.
I personally would start with wool, felt it to a copy of the
piece and treat the felt before gluing it in place. You'll have
to spend a bit more time but you'll get a seamless custom
fit with no pleats, and you can always use the copy as a
drawer insert for your every day flatware.
SWMBO is a spinner so we have a wide variety of rovings
in a half dozen natural colors including plenty of white for
dying and a true black alpaca that would work really well
Damn there's another project this group has given me.
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