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.
Cathy took her felting workshop learning home and improved on what she had done on the day. Her pair of felted slippers were a bit soft for her grandson so she felted another pair of Hobbit booties which were thicker. It pleased her she had remembered all the tips and tricks from the workshop. These new booties fit well and don’t concertina down grandson’s busy legs. She has a granddaughter, too, and couldn’t leave her out so she felted a pair of woodland slippers for her and made sure they were thicker than the original pair she had made. All good. Now Cathy can think of bigger projects !
Alexis brought these hand felted boots along on Monday for our felting workshop to help us see the possibilities of felting boots. We were starting with baby booties but could look at these boots Alexis had made and know we could aim for something as cosy , comfy and warm as these. Alexis was explaining, as did Jan, that the sort of wool/fibre you use will change your success rate or the feel and look of the boots. The workshop wasn’t just about teaching us how to be better at felting , it was also about helping us to envision where this might all lead. Merino wool will create softer felt than say, Border Leicester. Alexis’ boots were made with 6 layers of felting. They were sturdy and the inlay of extra colour at the top was an attractive touch to the overall look of the boots.
Sally Gulbrandsen has a number of tutorials about wet felting slippers and boots. One of her techniques is to felt over plastic shoes and use a tumble dryer to felt them. Jan had recommended her as someone worth considering when looking for ideas for felting.
Jan also sent a link to a video about wet felting slippers one at a time. The trick here is to ensure they are both the same size. The video is a very good tutorial for learning how to do slippers that way.