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.
Jan sent through a link to Carol Jensen’s felting blog. If you are at all interested in art felting or producing wet felted things which have the look and the edge, then Carol Jensen’s blog is worth looking at for ideas and technique. She is a wonderfully creative person. The video by LivingFelt is also worth a look because it goes through the process for creating a very effective and interesting art felted scarf. This way you can learn and master some of the techniques and produce something to be proud of.
Wendy is new to felting and was one of the felting workshop participants. She has chosen to follow through on that and do some experimenting. You never know if you do not try. She has tried out an idea for a knitted, felted pouch. She used homespun wool, made her bag , put it in a hot washing machine for and hour and a half and here is the result. The bag has a really great texture and the knitting is invisible. The hints of pink and blue on the dove grey give it a nice artistic effect. Less is more and the simple, effective use of colour works well. She is using the pouch for her electric wheel foot peddle and cords. Karin pointed out, just to remind us, that a pouch like this would suit a tablet but you have to be careful because it might slide out too easily and it’s something you need to check. Experience is a great teacher!
Show and Tell was awesome this week and our table was laden with beautifully made things. We are pretty impressive, really 🙂
Janette: Capsicum seedlings . Cloak shawl in rainbow colours from handspun wool. Spun camel hair and silk plied with llama plied llama fleece.
Cathy: Cake of dyed handspun wool in inky blue.
Jan: Two felted bead necklaces. One in blues and the other in red, black and white. A beautiful felted purple flower brooch. A cream knitted slouch beanie in spun wool. An apricot teddy in amigurumi crochet.
Wendy: Knitted felted pouch bag in dove grey , blue and pink.
Meryl : Handknitted vest in navy blue wool . Aran design.
Marina: Two skeins of Alexis’ blue spun wool batts plied with cotton. Two skeins of merino tops she had got from Meryl in greens, pinks and blues.
Karin: Woven dark red scarf in alpaca and merino yarn with blue homespun fringe.
John: Woven white scarf with attractive red inlay, some of it with glitter yarn. Impressive plaid woven scarf in red, white and black.
Christine , who was facilitating show and tell, made a point that all the woven items had perfectly straight and neat selvages.