Sunday, 25 January 2009

Felting fun!

Well, here we go - this is my very first attempt at felting! I'm so excited that I've photographed both pieces before they are dry even...

I used the simplest wet felting method I could find - laying out the fibres cross ways in three layers on bubble wrap on a bamboo mat, sprinkling with soapy water and placing more bubble wrap on top which I then rubbed and pounded with soapy hands. Having done that a while, I rolled up the mat and gave that a good rolling back and forth. Then I took the piece of felt - amazing how much it shrinks, up to 20%! - squeezed it into a ball and threw it repeatedly at the table. These processes I repeated a couple of times for each piece. Then I rinsed the felt and laid it to dry.

The smaller, less colourful piece has turned out stronger and less textural because I teased out the fibres more finely. For the larger piece I used slightly bulkier strips of fibre. I'm very pleased with both for a first attempt, though I'm not sure what I'm going to do with them yet. While the finer texture of the smaller piece would lend itself to being made into a bag, for example, I don't think I've made it thick enough. On balance, I think they are both going to end up being embellished with embroidery and framed.

I was worried the soap and water would wreck my hands but of course it hasn't, my hands feel incredibly soft now.

In my usual unprepared fashion I haven't yet copied the links either to the lovely seller on Folksy who I bought the beautiful Bluefaced Leicester roving from or to the website where I found the method. I will rectify this!


  1. Hiya Judy :)

    I am so glad you are having fun with your felting!!!
    I have read this book "Felt Making and Wool Magic: Contemporary Techniques and Beautiful Projects" by Jorie Johnson , they have it on Amazon...its a very good book, with a lot of useful info in it :)

    Of course you may link to my shop, if you want to....I'd be very honoured!!!

    Have lots more fun!

    S xXx

  2. Hiya and thanks so much for the recommendation, that book sounds just perfect! I will go and add the link now...and I'm going to be back very soon to your shop for some more roving, I've just been looking at all your lovely new colours.

    Linden x

  3. Looking good, felting is something on my list of things I really want to try, I'll be interested to pop back here and see how you are getting on!

  4. Hiya Laura and thanks, be glad to see you back here - felting is wonderfully physical and tactile and I think I'll be doing lots more of it!

    Linden x