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« on: August 24, 2004 08:13:16 PM »

Wow!  What an inspiring bunch!  A friend pointed me in the direction of your site last week and I kid you not, I spent 2 entire days sitting on my arse surfing this site  Tongue Grin

Between raising my kids (2 sons and 2 stepsons) I have really neglected my artistic/crafty side, but after seeing some of your faboo projects I felt really drawn to get back into it.  I made one of those snazzy record album bowls, drilled holes in sea shells to be strung as chimes (have to find some great driftwood to hang them on still, and picked up a pillowcase to make a skirt out of...but when it comes down to it my one true love is fibers/textiles Smiley

Last night I pulled out my wool rovings (carded wool) and tried my hand at wet felting.  I am successful at dry felting, but my one attempt at wet felting was a miserable failure.  I did some research, pulled out my books and VIOLA!  Here is my finished project!  Raw fibers to a finished project...what a fabulous feeling!

Bag front
http://www3.telus.net/skyra/craftiness/bag1.jpg

Bag back
http://www3.telus.net/skyra/craftiness/bag2.jpg

side
http://www3.telus.net/skyra/craftiness/bagside.jpg

This bag is handbag sized...but I can't decide if it is going to be a 'functional' or art piece LOL

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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2004 08:51:57 PM »

WOW. Those colors are lovely.

Ok, know squat about felt.  Embarrassed  How durable is it?
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« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2004 09:01:21 PM »

INSANELY durable Smiley
There are different ways of felting.  You can knit with wool and then 'fell' it in hot water (in essense, when you shrink a wool sweater in the washer, it has been felted), you can needle felt it, or you can wet felt it. 

Because the raw wool fibers are naturally barbed, when you work them together...especially with hot water, they lock together.  When starting with my raw rovings, my piece is 2/3's bigger than the finished project, and at least 4 times thicker.  Once the air is removed and the fibers are fulled, you have a sturdy, strong piece of fabric. 

Traditional mongolian tribes felt large pieces to construct their yurts, for carpets and many cultures use felt for clothing and especially hats Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2004 09:54:00 PM »

Thanks! For someone who is only been around thin craft felt that was a really helpful explanation. Perhaps the tote can have it's main career as an art piece but dabble in functional handbag-ness.  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2004 04:37:54 AM »

cool! I've been wanting to try real felting. Seems so hard! Where do you get the wool rovings?
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« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2004 07:32:57 AM »

Mostly ebay.  There are a few local (meaning, within 1000 miles...I live in small town BC) farms that I can get it at, but they carry mostly white and brown rovings.  I really enjoy working with dyed rovings (or in other projects, hand dyed fabrics) so I started cruising ebay.  You really have to watch though...some are selling for outrageous amounts of money. 

Something like http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=36601&item=2394285882 is a decent deal.  500 grams goes a hell of a long ways.  I used maybe 35 grams of dyed wool in this bag.  I have also used this seller before...the dyed wool in my bag was dyed by her.  There are others out there, but you also want to check locally to see what you can find.  Anyone who spins is going to have a good source for rovings, so check there.  You would also want to get a base color...white, brown or black, for the base of your projects simply because it is cheaper.  ALSO...there are different types of fibers.  Different sheep are going to give different qualities of wool depending on their breed.  A good quality basic wool is Corriedale (which is what I used for the base) and a softer, finer quality wool is something like merino.

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« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2004 12:18:46 PM »

Here are my personal favorites for wool roving:

www.outbackfibers.com has the best color selection
http://www.mielkesfarm.com/flt_fbrs.htm is nice as well. They have instructions as well.
and ebay's always good if you're looking for a good deal.
If you're a beginner, you might want to stick to finer wool like merino because it felts faster, and it's also much softer  Smiley
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