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Topic: February-March felt along - wet felting with a resist *PICTURES ADDED*  (Read 8659 times)
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« on: February 05, 2008 12:17:05 AM »

The theme is: Wet felting over a flat resist
The area that is difficult to perfect in this felt along, is the edges of the project.


The basic process for wet felting over a resist:

-Decide what shape you want your final project to be

-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
The felting process will really shrink your project, so start larger than you want.

-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.

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

-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 most 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.

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

Happy felting!



Here's the process in action for those with more of a visual mind.



After laying down the wool on one side of my resist, I've flipped it.
I'm pulling the edges around the resist


Wool is now on both sides and I'm about to wet it


All wet - time to felt!


After felting in my bamboo blind, the wool has shrunk.
The resist doesn't really fit inside anymore.


Time to take it out


After removing it, I continued the felting process, and fulled it until...


Handbag  Smiley
« Last Edit: February 15, 2008 01:55:16 PM by Jane Doe » THIS ROCKS   Logged

edieo
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2008 06:38:00 AM »

Here is a web tutorial http://www.weavespindye.org/html/felting1.html
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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2008 02:25:40 PM »

Wow, this is perfect timing - I almost never read the felting forum, but I came here to check it out today because I'm about to attempt to felt some slippers using a resist. Thanks for this post!

My only problem right now is that I don't have a bamboo blind or any sort of mat I can use. I'm going to try to find a quick subsitute tonight or tomorrow - I've felted using bubble wrap instead in the past, so I can always try that if I have to.
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« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2008 04:56:00 AM »

Thanks for the link edieo

Feralfeminine - love to see how you go making a pair.
I personally would like to make myself a pair of felt booties during this felt-along
So I'll keep you posted on how I go
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« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2008 12:33:43 PM »

It's taking me a while to find the time to do this!  But I have a plan now.  Maybe tonight!

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« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2008 01:56:43 PM »

What do you plan on making?
I just put up the process pictures from when I made a handbag using a resist
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Fruitloops
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2008 10:02:57 PM »

I'm having a hard time thinking of something to make. I have a few handbags already... What other sorts of things can you make with flat resist?
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« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2008 10:38:18 PM »

Hi Jane Doe,

I want to make a little door handle May basket.  I thought I had the right thing for the resist but it isn't big enough....off to look again.  With all the stuff in the house there has to be something!

I love the process photos, much clearer.  I know when I did the vessel I used panty hose for the beginning, I was wondering how that would work on a flat resist, I may give it a try as an extra safety measure.

I love your little bag, the colour combination is lovely.
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« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2008 03:32:53 PM »

Sounds cute Tarewyn  Smiley
I've used sheet craft foam as a resist in the past, as well as thick plastic tarp.
If you keep plastic drop sheets for painting, they can work too.
I tried those plastic sleeves that you put paper into a folder with, but it was difficult cause it was so thin.

I'm glad the photos helped.
I wasn't sure when I took the photos if they'd come out or not.
I started felting the afternoon and continued into the night, so some shots were taken at night.

Fruitloops - you can make a plethora of items using a flat resist!
Definately not just bags.
I've created both this hat http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=51908
and this art piece "flesh jacket" http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=51908
using multiple flat resists.
With both items: after the resist is removed, you can continue to stretch and shape the piece however you please.
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« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2008 07:40:01 PM »

ok, no laughing please...

This is not exactly a stellar example of wet felting over a resist, but as a first go, it isn't too bad  Undecided And there are things I really like.  I love the textures of the snips of Noro yarn on top and I like the uneven edges.  I wish it were more balanced and that I could get the hang of exactly how much roving to use to avoid thin spots and holes.  I also need to just be more patient with the process and not rush ( maybe I should stop trying to felt with little people running around my feet.)

There are more photos etc on my blog.

Be kind!  Grin



http://carmen-whome.blogspot.com/2008/02/wet-felt-over-resist.html

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