As I told you in my earlier post was first tried wet felting and made a flower brooch, beads and a picture panel. This time we did some more wet felting and made some rolled layered beads, another panel plus trying our hands at dry/needle felting. I must say I found both techniques equally interesting and also found combining the two methods made for some interesting results. You can see some of what I made below.
For the dry felting you use a felting needle, which is essentially a rather long sharp barbed item together with a sponge which protects the needle form damage. Simply layer up the felt as one does for wet felting then rather than adding the water and soap liquid you use the needle to pierce though the fibres . The barbs on the needle catch on the wool fibres and cause them to mat together
|Individual felting needles|
|The Clover tool and pad|
|Last weekend panel completed|
|A close up of the panel|
|My second panel of a cornfield with poppies|
|A close up of the above panel. You can see here the needle felted red poppies and the silks which have been added.|
Whilst we were at the course on Saturday as I have already said we made some rolled beads. For this we used the wet felt method. We layered three different of brightly coloured wool as will be shown in the next pictures
|1st layer Note strands of wool are vertical placed on the sheet of bubble wrap|
|2nd Layer. Note strands of wool are horizontal|
|3rd Layer Note strands of wool are vertical|
We then wetted the surface with a water and soap solution covered with a sheet of fine netting and then smoothly eased the fibres together with smooth stroking motions. When the fibres began to bind tether we then cut the panel of pre-felt we had created in half vertically. We then rolled these strips starting with the shortest end. It is important to make the first roll tight and then take care to roll until all the felt is used up. Do not worry if you get little uneven ends as these will be cut off at the end of the process. You can roll one half of the pre-felt so one colour forms the outer layer and the other half can be rolled so it has the other colour as the outer layer as can be seen below.
|The pre-felt rolled in what can only be described as cigar shaped rolls|
Once the felting process is complete, when the roll feels very firm. you can then wash the rolls in very hot water to remove the soap residue. The rolls can then be cut into slices to form the beads
|The felt when rolled up|
|The beads being cut|
|The final beads|
I would highly recommend felting to anyone young or old. The equipment is fairly minimal and you do not have to be highly skilled to start out. Obviously as your skill at handling the materials improves the finished results will likewise improved.If you live in Hertfordshire area you can contact the following http://
Here are a few pieces of work from the other people who were on the course. Take note no one had done felting before, but I think you'll agree the results are great.