How to felting

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Felting is manipulating fibers into your own art or material.  There are many ways to achieve your goals in felting.  Why do fibers “felt?” Each strand of wool looks almost scaled, like a fish.  What happens when you manipulate the fibers they end up creating a bond when the scales hook into each other.  Once this bond is made it is really difficult to tear them apart – thus felted wool is some of the best material to create art, clothes, hats and even dolls.

Some of the most popular felting techniques include:

Wet Felting:  Wet felting is the process of layering your wool fibers in different colors and using hot (almost boiling) water to help create the bonding that happens with the felt. You have to make sure the wool is hot so the fibers can bond better.  It takes a lot of work to create a wet felted piece, but the payoff is well worth it!

Needle Felting: Needle felting is when you use a special needle to poke the fibers into themselves.  It’s easy to almost “paint” the colored fibers into your own felted canvas.

Knitted Felting:  Knitting is a popular past time and when using wool yarn as your material you can easily wash it in hot water to create your felted piece.  You can make wool slippers, coasters and more.

How to felt is dedicated to educating you on all of these techniques.


 

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