Last Saturday, I used one item from my Eyecatching Pinterest board that was made of felt. It was so beautiful and got me thinking, what is this felting all about? So I did a little surfing on the internet and this is what I found.
- there's different kinds of felting, but the process is always the same: matting and condensing woolen fibers.
- the final result is usually soft enough for slippers and sturdy enough for bags.
- wet felting is when you stimulate the material by friction and moisture
- needle felting is sculpting wool fibers to make 2 or 3 dimensional works.
There's a wide variety of felted pieces I found on Etsy, my favorite place to look for handmade artwork. Some of what you'll find below are finished products; others are tutorials that you might want to try.
Annie and Lyn (rosiepinkStudio) are a mother and daughter team from the United Kingdom, who sell a step by step visual tutorial using a wet felting process. With their instructions you can sew with a machine, use hand embroidery, "or no embroidery at all if you prefer to just let the felt speak for itself." This is absolutely beautiful!
Lizet (lizetfrigters) creates OOAK wearable art with her felting. She uses natural materials and dyes. This tribal poncho is made from organic merino wool that is dyed, with added recycled fabrics.
Tomas (WeCreateCuteStuff) has a shop in Lithuania. This unique felted wall hanging is made by one of his shop artists, Algimanta, who has over 30 years of experience making artwork from various natural materials. The hanging can be sold with or without its wooden frame.
Learn how to make felted cording with Helen (StudioShu). She has a 20-page tutorial, complete with 43 photos. She writes, "Making felt cord is easy. All you need is a some wool, warm water, a bit of soap and your hands." I'd love to do this - sounds just about my speed too!
Natalia (NatalyRykova) made this exquisite ostrich leather bag with a felted art landscape on one side. The picture she created is made with "wool of merino".
If you need some wool that's already been felted, quiltingacres sells all sorts of colors and quantities. Isn't this a great assortment of orange hand dyed felted wool? I love fabric!