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Topic: Felt a long #7 - wet felting over a flat resist  (Read 8341 times)
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« on: July 04, 2006 05:20:09 PM »

Felt along #7 has begun!

The theme is: Wet felting over a flat resist

For those who are quite new to the process, the items we will be making, are either a purse or a mobile phone cover. For those who are quite experienced (or just brave Wink ) the focus item is a handbag. This said, if you are inspired to make a different project using this process go right ahead! It's all the same principles.

The area that is difficult to perfect in this felt along, is the edges of the project.

This topic revises the laying down process and fulling process, from flat felting
(see feltalong #3 http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=77419.0)
The difference in this felt along, is that we're making a piece of flat felt with something inside (a resist)




The basic process for wet felting over a resist:

-Decide what shape you want your final project to be
the projects we're making are predominately rectangular

-Select a material for your resist
My favourite is any form of thick plastic (tarp, overhead sheet, thick shopping bags from clothes stores, bubble wrap) but I'm sure there are other resists people use.

-Cut the resist into the shape you want your final item to be, but around 35% larger
Here's a reminder of how much felt can shrink. If you want your finished item to fit around your mobile phone, you're going to have to start with a larger rectangle of plastic






-Lay 1 layer of fiber over the resist, overlapping the edges
This is done in the same way as flat felt, but we're only doing one layer in one direction.
http://www.weavespindye.org/images/slide02t.jpg
(Image taken from this tutorial http://www.weavespindye.org/html/felting1.html )

-Turn your project upside-down and fold the edges over the resist lay down another layer in the same direction
http://scrubberbum.typepad.com/moth_heaven/images/flip.JPG
http://scrubberbum.typepad.com/moth_heaven/images/foldedges.JPG
(images taken from http://scrubberbum.typepad.com/moth_heaven/2006/01/ladies_start_yo.html)
Now both sides of the resist should have a layer of fiber in the same direction


-Turn your project upside-down and lay another layer at right angles to the previous layer

-Turn your project upside-down and fold the edges over the resist. Lay down another layer in the same direction

-Continue adding layers and turning the project until it is as thick as you like.
The usual number of layers is three, but if you're making something you'd like extra thickness in (eg oven glove) keep on adding the layers.

-Wet down the project, focusing on the edges
Wet the project using hot soapy water. At this stage, your project will look like a mess. But just keep on rub rub rubbing.

-Roll the project in your sushi mat or bamboo blind
Check on your project every 5mins or so, rubbing the edges and rotating and turning your project. This helps to ensure a more even project that's equally felted all over

-When your project starts to become to small for the resist, choose where you want to cut the project open.
You'll know when your project is at this stage. The resist looks like it will rip through the felt at any moment. When choosing where you want to cut the felt, consider it's purpose. If you're making a mobile cover, cut the narrow edge open. If you're making a purse cut the wide edge open. If you were making a compact tissue case, instead of cutting an edge, you would cut the middle open.

-Saturate your project again and give the edges a good rub

-Put your project back into your sushi mat or bamboo blind and keep on rolling


-Take it out and abuse like there's no tomorrow!

You know the drill by now -saturate it in hot water and jump, squeeze, wring, pound, slam. Shock the fibers now and then, by plunging it into hot water than into ice water and keep up the abuse.

-When your project is the size you want, stop!
To give it a smooth finish, stretch + iron your project.

-When your project has dried, feel free to make it as pretty as you like.



No matter what you're making, the same principles apply for all felted items made with a flat resist. Don't hesitate to fill in gaps in my explanation (I'm sure there are many) and to discuss + ask for help throughout your own felt making. Sharing images of your project as it's being made is also helpful when discussing what worked and what didn't work in our felt making processes.
I'll be adding more images of my own as soon as I get them fixed up and loaded on the computer.

If this explanation is a little confusing, this hat tutorial Verrito shared with us a while back involves both wet felting over a resist, and a little shaping
http://scrubberbum.typepad.com/moth_heaven/2006/01/ladies_start_yo.html

If anyone else has stumbled across a web tutorial of flat felting with a resist, let us know and I'll add it here.

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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2006 08:27:56 PM »

Transparencies are pretty stiff, moreso than tarps, I've used them for even large bags before with no problem - but I don't use the sushi mat method. I usually just rub with my hands for a while, then when it is together enough, rub from the inside of the bag, ditch the resist, rub some more, then throw violently in a sink or bathtub.

ETA: how did this post get in this thread? Weird! It was supposed to be in a different thread, re: use of transparencies as resists.
« Last Edit: July 05, 2006 07:24:14 AM by ptarmic wumpus » THIS ROCKS   Logged

Velvet Rose
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2006 01:25:54 AM »

Hi Jane

Well done on your tutorial!

It is very clear & easy to understand. I need to make a felted treasure bag for the Open Day at the Weavers and Spinners Guild this weekend so I am definitely going to try this method!

Here is tutorial which shows the "Norwegian" way of working with a resist (LOL): http://www.peak.org/~spark/3-dFelt.html.

Wendy
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radal16
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2006 05:54:03 AM »

Yay!  We get two months for this one, right?  I think I'm going to try a bag...
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corduroy cat
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2006 07:41:57 AM »

hmm i think i'll try a hat, in between crafting for radal16 (or perhaps FOR radal16!) Cheesy
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Verrito
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2006 08:04:44 AM »

 Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Roll Eyes

I'm so happy!!!!!

great idea, i don't know what to do...  Huh
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« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2006 08:06:37 PM »

Thanks for the encouragement enchanted_wool.
I hope to be a teacher someday so I figure trying to write tutorials like this will help prepare me.

Also, have you seen lexis' tutorial of how to make vessels on a balloon resist?
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=85194.0
When you said "felted treasure bag" I envisaged a treasure sack similar to what Teamwang has made http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=83752.40
So maybe that tutorial might suit you too?

Thanks for that link too. I'll pop it into the original post for the more experienced felters to try, but I was going to leave shaping for another felt along. For some wet felting around a resist is daunting enough without adding shaping   Wink
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Velvet Rose
« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2006 12:11:10 AM »

Good point Jane! I didn't think about the shaping aspect.
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radal16
« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2006 05:43:10 AM »

hmm i think i'll try a hat, in between crafting for radal16 (or perhaps FOR radal16!) Cheesy

Okay, but I have to let you know that I have a tiny, tiny "pinhead" Wink

Thanks for not adding the shaping yet, Jane Doe.  Speaking for myself, just using the resist is definately enough for now.  I've tried it before and failed so hopefully your tute will help.
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corduroy cat
« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2006 08:01:34 AM »

teehee, the only way i can picture you now is as a gnome with a pointy red hat! Wink
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