Felting 101: A first time felting tutorial Part 2

I won’t take up any of your time in part two, so lets get to it!

Felting 101: A first time felting tutorial Part I

PART 2. Felt making process

Table 1. Tools and materials

Materials Quantity
White Wool fibers 1 ball
Black wool fibers 1 ball
soap 1 bar
water As needed
Tools Quantity
scissors 1
Flat container 1
Mesh (perf. Netting) 1 sheet, large enough to cover felt sample

 

Table 2. Felt making procedure


No Photo Process description
1  IMG_5626 Pull apart thin strands of wool fibers approx. 2-3” long and flat. Begin placing them down flat overlapping slightly. Create two parallel rows of flat wool fibers all facing the same direction.
2  IMG_5634 Continue with step 1 until you have a flat sheet of wool fibers. Fill-in “bald” spots (light patches) with loose fibers in the same direction as the rest of the fibers.Repeat steps one and two and layer the second sheet on top of the first. The second layer of wool should be placed perpendicular to the first.
3  IMG_5840IMG_5841 Move the wool to the container Place the perforated fabric netting on top of the wool and carefully wet all the fibers..
Lather some soap, and begin “massaging” the wool fibers. Make sure to apply the same amount of friction to all parts of the wool using the pads of your fingers. Continue for about 1-2 minutes. Squeeze ALL the soapy water from the wool and allow to air dry.
4 IMG_5844 IMG_5845 Repeat steps 1-3 for contrasting colour(s). Once all the felt is somewhat dry, cut the bottom layer to size of template. Trim the contrasting felt for your pattern.
5  IMG_5846 IMG_5851 Lay the pattern pieces on top of the base felt sheet (black on white in my case). Place in order from largest to smallest pieces (Base felt is largest-white-, then general shapes-black- then details if needed(white again)).Repeat step 3 but continue washing the felt, more vigorously if necessary. Be careful not to move your pattern pieces during transport or washing. Rinse Clean and air dry.

And TADA! This is basically what it looks like when finished. Just slightly less fluffy.IMG_5849

So- Thoughts:

The process did not take much time overall, but I found it quite difficult to know when to stop agitating each piece. I clearly over-felted one or both pieces initially causing them not to attach too well to one another for the final design.

If I decide to felt again, I would err on the side of caution and stop felting the individual pieces within A VERY short period of agitation to preserve the interlocking capabilities. Or I would under-felt(? what-ever that means) the bottom layer and be more careful with the top layer to allow me to cut sharper edges. The top layer should also be less “fluffy” to retain the edges of each pattern piece.

I would also make each piece fatter or fluffier with an extra layer of wool fibers, and make each layer extremely even before beginning the felting process. A lot of my edging was unusable and had to be cut off due to the thinness and patchiness.

Hope this helps someone with their foray into felting.

I’d love to hear what experiences others have had either making, using or otherwise interacting with Felt!

Cheers! Maybe next week I can make Throwback-Thursday a thing… Maybe.

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