Week 5. /Felting

Felting
Relying on wool’s ability to mat and tangle to create a stable fabric.

“Felt is one of the oldest known textiles because it is the least reliant on technology: moisture, heat, friction and wool fibers are the only materials required to create it.”

Dimensional Felting

Material needed:
– Felting needles
– Foam Pad
– Wool Fabric / Wool Yarns

Steps:
Layer the wool pieces on your palm and wet them with warm water
– Start in the center of the project and work towards the edges, rub the wool gently with hand soap and must sure it is thoroughly saturated
– Squeeze the wool dry and place them on a foam board
– Using a felting needle, poke through the felt and repeat
– Continue poking, adding more wool to fill in the gaps along the way.
– Stop when you are satisfied with the result.

Class photos

Process 

THE BIRTH OF MISS TEDDY

It took me 5 hours to make this. For a few times, I felt guilty for poking such a cute teddy with needle. I felt like I was slowing killing it. Ironically speaking, I was actually creating it and making it stronger~
” What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger~”

THE COMPANIONS OF MISS TEDDY

Challenges

I feel that dimensional felting is one of the most time-consuming and patience testing techniques I’ve learned. The continuous motion of poking the felt, this painstakingly slow process is one of the challenges I think everyone faces when felting. Nevertheless, I really love this felting technique and the beautiful result it gives. Excited to try out more different felting techniques!

Final outcome

Other felting techniques I have yet to try
– Nuno felting
– Wet felting
(Excited to try and upload more~ Stay tuned!)

Learning points and application

Felt’s durability makes it ideal for almost any application, its ability to blend with other natural fabrics makes it versatile and light. Felt ranges from pieces of commercially manufactured felt that are made from manmade fibers, to handmade felt that uses the finest animal fibers. I would say that felting, although is a painstakingly slow process, it is a therapeutic activity. It might also be life-saving as well. I mean if I ever get stranded on an island, I can apply this technique to make clothes and keep myself warm. 😀

 

 

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