I was keen to try some wet-felting to produce a textured piece of woollen fabric. I have never done this before so read up. i ordered some books in readiness for inspiration and instructions: ‘Nuno felt ‘ by Liz Clay; ‘Complete feltmaking’ by Gillian Harris and too impatient to wait for delivery of these, I also downloaded ‘Nuno felting tips and tricks’ by Nancy E Schwab and ‘Handmade style:Felt’ by India Flint onto my iPad.
I loved what I saw in these books and was looking forward to trying out some felting techniques. The first think I attempted was inspired by a tutorial I saw on youtube. I have since tried to find it but unsuccessfully. I bought a second hand pure wool extra large man’s grey jumper and put it into a ht wash so it ended up felted and quite a few sizes smaller. I then cut off the cuffs, collar and bottom and cut right up the front middle to create a cardigan. I used the cuffs to make a collar and sewed herringbone stitch to secure collar and neaten the bottom edge. The aim was not to make a piece of clothing but to explore needle felting but rather than cut up the jumper to create smaller samples, I decided it would be more fun to make a cardigan!
I had great fun with my first attempts at needle felting, despite breaking quite a few needles at first! I soon learnedto put a rather hefty piece of sponge underneath the wool. I was rather chuffed with the result:
With renewed confidence after needle-felting, I decided to have a go at wet-felting to create a new piece of fabric and then embellish. I made my first layer of felt which came out quite thick. I then needle felted some flower shapes on to the backing felt. These were quite raised and so didn’t felt too well but I added some stitch and a piece of thick yarn which I couched on to the felt. Although the design isn’t particularly pleasing it was fun trying something new and I am sure it is a technique I shall return to in the future:
Lastly here are my first two attempts at nuno felting which I thought was a wonderful technique – relatively easy with fantastic results. I also liked the texture created on the reverse of the samples where the chiffon was crumpled with wisps of wool coming through!