Saturday, August 18, 2012

Saturday Link List - Creations with Felted Wool

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.

Judy (JNOriginals) is a member of the BBArtisans team that I belong to.  I've always been intrigued by her felted bowls, and it was probably her work that got me questioning the process in the first place.

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!


BluMoon said...

Loved the pictures of felted items, I love Rosie Pink's beautiful felted pictures. I needle felt miniature five way jointed animals bears and such, they take quite a time to do as they are firm sculpted so they last for years and never loose their shape.

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

It's so cool to see all these different techniques together! There are so many cool things you can create with felting!

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

I am truly in awe of those who can needle felt -- I've watched my daughter take some roving and turn it into the cutest little dolls and animals! I've crocheted and then wet felted various items -- and have wool sweaters to felt and do something with, someday!!
I'll be checking out your links!

lizet frijters said...

Thank you very much for featuring my poncho in between these other lovely felted items.

Abby said...

Loved seeig the different products and processes! Thanks!

pasqueflower said...

Great post! I especially loved the felted cording.

Rose said...

Just beautiful! What a great mix of items.

Annie and Lyn said...

Thank you for showing how beautiful felt can be - so many people have never seen hand felted items before.

We went to a one-day workshop to learn basic wet felt-making, and by lunch-time we knew we were hooked! It's a wonderful craft.

Splendid Little Stars said...

How inspiring! I love the items you found! I've been intrigued with felted wool for a couple years now. I've read some books, collected sweaters and felted them. I have projects in mind. I've made only mittens so far (my BBA team February Challenge project).
I've enjoyed looking at the links you've posted!
Be sure to let us know if you make something.

BeadedTail said...

I love all the different felting you found! Judy's bowls are so cute! I've wanted to learn how to do felting but at this time I certainly don't need another project to do but maybe one day!

Judy Nolan said...

That ostrich leather bag is to die for! Just beautiful. Thanks for including my felted bowl among these lovelies. By the way, what makes the yarn compress and stay that way when you either wet or dry felt it is that the fibers have little barbs on them. Once they tangle with each other, the felting process is underway, and everything does indeed get compressed.

Erika said...

I admire Judy's felted bowls.
I like how you described felt products--soft and yet strong enough to be a bag. That is what I find so interesting about felted products.

Nancy said...

Beautiful finds! I love the look and feel of felted stuff...but only ever tried it once!

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