The Art of Felting

Wet felting








For my first endeavor into wet felting I decided to make a square piece of felt using two different colors to better view my progress with my camera.

I began by spreading out the first layer and at this step it is important not to spread the layers toothin to prevent having holes in your felt. I then applied the second layer at a ninety degree angle. Usually just two layers are all that’s needed especially if you are using alpaca but you can add more layers if you are making a thicker felt.

The next step is to take some liquid dish soap and apply it to the top layer. You don’t need much. Just a swirl across the top as in the picture is all that’s necessary.

Apply the screen over-the-topof the layers and take a warm damp sponge and start pressing down on the screen all over. Be careful not to have too much water. I lifted the screen off the layers periodically so it didn’t attach to the felt. I continued this until the felt stayed together.

To make the edges even I turned over the felt and continued until the edges felted together.

‘Fulling’ is shrinking your felt and allowing it to thicken by removing air from between fibers. The water needs to be hot for this and using the kitchen sink works great. This is an important step of felt making and if you rush through this the felt will separate and eventually fall apart.

Once the fulling completed I rinsed out the soap with cold water. Be sure to rinse out all the soap to prevent damage to the fibers.

Gently towel excess water off and allow drying for twenty-four hours.

Wet felting with alpaca makes warm products that are lightweight. This is a fun project and a great way to spend time with your family.

 

 

 

 


Read about needle felting here