Wet felting tutorials

Marie Spaulding takes you very carefully through the felting process she uses so that you can see and understand completely. Jan sent these links to us because she knows we like to learn new things or improve our skills. These videos and the LivingFelt channel provide very comprehensive help with regard to felting.

The bamboo,wooden mats can be a bit hard to come by these days. In our area there is a shop called Ishka which sells them.   The plastic, non slip matting can be found in the cheap shops and you can buy it by the roll and cut it to size. One of the Instagram felters uses plastic with a wider mesh so the gaps are about 1cm. She too, makes little felted bowls and pots.

Part 1 of the video is at the top and part 2 is at the bottom of the post.

You can also find some written instructions for resist wet felting on FiberArtsy.

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Handpainting fibre

A lot of people like to hand paint dyes onto fibre because you can get some interesting effects. If you use darker colours, you get some really good colours , too. You need a good work space area and a place you can keep clean easily and then plenty of plastic and protective layers and rubber gloves. It doesn’t need to be messy but better to  be prudent prepare for that eventuality . In the end it is fun and creative. WoolWench provides  clear instructions.

Painting a wool batt

Mixing colours and making wool batts is creative and can be fun. You need to master the carding skills and then you can use colours and your imagination to come up with original and interesting wool batts. painting them adds hints of colour which creates a richness and colour depth. it is also a good way to use up odd bits of carded fleece which would otherwise go to waste. Hints of colour are what make colourways interesting!

Repairing a hole in your knitting

 

It happens to everyone. That beautifully knitted scarf or jumper gets a hole. Worse…the moths get at your knitted treasures. You can deter them with bars of soap, bay leaves or eucalyptus oil. If you do have a moth eaten garment you can choose to throw it out or renovate it creatively with visible darning, buttons, bits of fabric or lace. You decide. It’s your creative renovation. Be bold !

The video shows you have to repair a hole in your knitting. There are other videos on YouTube which might help you to. Patience and perseverance help and repair the damage in a thoughtful, unhurried way. The mend often isn’t very noticeable and so you can feel confident your woollen garment is not lost forever.

There is also some good help on Treehugger to help you repair your knitted garment.