Henry Cole's Rat Needlecraft Felt Kit

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If you would like to make an archival rat of your very own this crafting kit is for you. This Needle Felt Kit is a fun, easy beginner project that makes one cheeky little rat complete with a monocle and his own parchment scroll. 

In the 1830's, Henry Cole, shocked at the poor condition of the country's most important documents pioneered the reform of what became known as the Public Record Office - now The National Archives. He had found a dead mummified rat, with a stomach full of chewed documents among the documents and used this rat as evidence for the poor condition of the records, the very same rat can still be viewed in the collection of The National Archives today.

Suitable for beginners+ and children over 10 (or supervised very crafty children 7+).

Skill level: Easy Beginner

Size: Approx. 10cm tall

Techniques used: Using wire and wrapping wool, basic shaping, adding features.

This small kit contains:

Full colour, step-by-step instructions
4 different types of wool
Extra strong pipe cleaners

Glue in Eyes

Gold Wire (for monocle)

Paper for scroll
Felting needles (#36 coarse, #38 medium)
Eco Wool Felting Mat (made from recycled wool and 100% compostable)
You will also need: Clear-drying PVA Glue, scissors, pencil.

Designed and packaged in the UK using ethically sourced and eco-friendly materials. Please reuse, recycle, and/or compost packaging & tools.

~~Warning! Contains very sharp needles. Not a toy!~~


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