Mucking About with Felt and Fabric

by | Mar 14, 2016 | Uncategorized

batt of fleece
mucking in with soapy water

February can be such a dreary month that we decided we needed to have some fun rather than our usual guild business meeting.
 So, we brought supplies for Nuno Felting and gathered in our resource centre to mucked about with soapy water, fleece and fabric.  It reminded me a bit of making mud pies except everyone had exceptionally clean hands after working the fleece.

The first step in the process was to make a sandwich with fleece and yarn in different colours.  The red and black bat of fleece looks quite thick but it will seem to disappear once it is wetted down like the green and blue sample.

table set for work

The wet fleece is carefully hand worked until it barely holds together.

rolling the felt

 Once the fleece is at a pre-felt stage the pink rolls and bubble wrap come into play and the real work begins.  The fleece sandwich is rolled back and forth with pressure to fix the fiber to the cloth. Heat, water and agitation will shrink the wool fibers just like your favourite wool sweater.
Then wash and dry and presto you have a unique and often surprising combination of fiber and fabric.

Who knows what creations this mini workshop will inspire!!

finished sample, fleece and yarn attached to fabric

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