Felting - The Complete Guide by Jane Davis

By Jane Davis

"Felting: the total advisor" covers felting in all its varied kinds, from fibre felting and needle felting, to knitted and crocheted felting, and comprises an summary of felting in quite a few ideas and inspirational designs.This is the definitive solution e-book to any crafter's questions on felting, it doesn't matter what kind of felting is used. With over 35 initiatives and a separate part dedicated to every one approach, this publication is a must have resource of data and concepts on all issues felted. initiatives differ in size and trouble, from a simple ball to a knitted vest, and reveal how the several suggestions can be utilized on different sorts of paintings.

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Steaming and pounding are used mostly for traditional felt hat making. Hat makers begin with a generic bell-shaped, partially felted blank, then thoroughly steam, pound, pull and shape the felt around a hat form. Flat felting, or rolled felting, is a technique that has been used to make felt for hundreds of years. This process starts with laying the item to be felted on a sheet of bubble wrap or a bamboo mat. You then wet the item with warm, soapy water and use a stiff rod to roll up the item in the mat or bubble wrap.

Fold the fibers that extend beyond the edges over the pattern, then cover the pattern with more layers of fiber. Wet the added fibers and smooth the excess to the other side of the piece. Roll the fibers, along with the bubble wrap, around a dowel rod. Secure the bundle and felt, checking often to make sure that the entire pattern is covered evenly with fiber (see Flat Felting, Step by Step, pages 42-47). When the fibers are felted, rinse the piece, then cut an opening in the felt large enough to remove the pattern.

The ball should be fairly tight and almost the finished size. indd 54 10/14/08 3:05:31 PM 3 Felt the ball Get your hands wet and soapy in warm, soapy water. Rub the surface of the ball, being careful not to compress it. Don’t dunk the ball in water. The ball should be wet on the surface, but not soaking wet all the way through. Roll the ball in your hands without much pressure until the surface of the ball is matted and the fibers don’t pull apart. Rinse the ball in cool water to remove all of the soap.

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