Posts Tagged "Roving"

How to Needle Felt Eyeballs

Posted by in Felting How To's, Felting Wool, Needle Felting

So today is Halloween, a time to get out your masks, march around the streets and yell those infamous words “TRICK OR TREAT!!!” So much fun! As an extra spooky felting project we thought we would show you one of Etsy’s tutorials on needle felting EYEBALLS!!! Now, we have covered needle felting before on our site (links below), so the basic premise is the same. Gather your wool or fiber. In this case you will want some white roving as the base, black wool roving as the center of the eye and your choice of color for the iris of the eye. We also suggest having skinny strips of...

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Wool Roving

Posted by in Felting Wool, Knit Felting, Knitted Felting, Needle Felting, Nuno Felting, Wet Felting

A Roving Minstrel The first image that comes to my mind for roving is not a loosely clumped wad of raw wool, silk, cotton or other textile fibers. I think of a silk-clad minstrel meandering an archaic countryside spinning heroic tales with his lute. However, that whimsical analogy is not that far off… sort of. Wool Roving is often the base for many felting projects. Wool roving is the removal of foreign debris, the aligning of fibers, and twisting in preparation for conversion of raw fibers into yarn or thread. Raw textile fibers are like little chaotic wires, strewn about without...

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Understanding Wool Fibers

Posted by in Felting Wool

As with anything in life, wool can get complicated. Wool fibers come in many different types and can vary depending on breed, age and health of the animal. Wool quality can even be affected if the animal was raised with a hair breed. Hair breed, not hair brained… When looking for raw wool, it is important to understand some of the details. Details like staple length, diameter, hand, crimp, luster and color. These things affect the price and use of the wool. Staple length: A Staple, in this case refers to the cluster of fibers that grow together to form the fleece, not the U-shaped...

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Nuno Felting

Posted by in General Information, Nuno Felting

Nuno Felting Nuno felting is the art of wet felting over another type of fabric. This technique begins very much like wet felting, except with an extra layer of fabric between the fibers through and around which the fibers will felt. 1. Lay out a layer of fibers on your bamboo mat or bubble wrap, leaving small open spaces for the second layer of fabric to show through. 2. Lay down your fabric atop the layer of fibers carefully. Lay another layer of fibers on top of the fabric. 3. Follow the steps of wet felting to felt your item (2. Wet the fibers with warm, soapy water, allowing the water...

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