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« on: April 26, 2007 03:45:06 AM »

Does anyone have any experience of using wool nepps?

I ordered some recently out of curiosity (I am looking for unusual fibres for hair for figures), and they are not what I expected although very interesting!

I thought they would be 'joined' together somehow and therefore needlefelt-able but if you can imagine all the 'bobbles' shaved off an old wool jumper, but slightly firmer thats what they are like.



I am going to try wet felting them between 2 thin layers of merino but wondered if anyone else had any experience with Nepps??
 
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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2007 04:28:14 AM »

As I understand they are used to add texture and color bits in surface design in wet felt pieces - not used alone.  So looks to me as though you have the idea. 

It seems they started out as a specific by-product; and way to use bits.  I do keep lots of small wool scrap and chop it up for sprinkling in surface design - both for fused surface design and in feltmaking when a confetti look is desired.

Like this - however this is fusible surface design, not felt making
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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2007 04:35:40 AM »

Nice bag. Thanks for that.

I just tried the wet felting but they kind of dissapeared under the merino. I can feel them but cant see them lol. I think in the right hands they would be good fun to work with, but I'm not a wet felter really.

If anyone wants to try wool nepps let me know. I have 100gm's going spare now!
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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2007 10:31:41 AM »

And what if you dyed them?  You probably put the white nepps between layers of white merino, which is why they kind of disappeared, but what if you tried with brightly colored nepps?  I suppose they could be dyed with Kool-Aid, and my guess is that it would look like fun confettis between your thin layers of white wool.  I'd give it a try!
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« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2007 04:53:09 PM »

Good idea kimianak
I was just imaganing the opposite - using the white nepps under a very thin layer of blue wool. I'd guess the effect would be subtle wintery white bumps

felt fairy - thanks for sharing your info on the white nepps.
I hadn't heard of it before
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« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2007 07:48:42 AM »

So how are the nepps working out? Did you find a taker? Try any other projects? The only nepps I could find stateside appeared to be yellowish (yukky).
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« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2007 09:27:50 AM »

So how are the nepps working out? Did you find a taker? Try any other projects? The only nepps I could find stateside appeared to be yellowish (yukky).

I've still got them, unused. I'm not really a wet felter so doubt I'll get round to using them. Always got other things to do. They are a creamy natural colour, just like a baby lamb. 
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« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2007 09:35:05 AM »

Well, if your offer to send them to someone who'd use it is still valid, I'd be interested!  Actually, I'd love to give my dyeing idea a try...  If you want, PM me and we'll work something out.
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« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2007 05:43:14 AM »

Incase anyone is interested - the wool nepps are on their way to Kimianak so that she can have a 'felt' with them!
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