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« on: October 19, 2009 10:13:17 PM »

Does anyone know or have a tutorial for wet felting slippers? And/or Needle felting/wet felting flowers?
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« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2009 07:51:09 AM »

Here's a link to making a boot/slipper template:  http://members.peak.org/~spark/FeltBootPattern.html

And here are the instructions for making the slippers: http://members.peak.org/~spark/3-dFelt.html

I just finished two pairs of slippers and a pair of mittens using these instructions.   Grin

Here's a tutorial for a felted rose: http://www.ingermaaike.nl/index.php?/archives/266-Tutorial-on-how-to-make-a-felted-rose-on-a-posable-stem.html

...and another flower tute from the same site: http://www.ingermaaike.nl/index.php?/archives/39-tutorial-for-a-silk-and-merino-flower.html

Hope that helps a bit!   Grin
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« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2009 10:45:07 AM »

Thank you Ill take a look!  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2009 09:47:29 PM »

felting boots are so much fun.
Especially the last part - when you are able to felt on your own foot  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2010 03:07:40 PM »

I have never tried wet-felting before.  How much wool is needed for an adult-size pair of slippers?  Would I want batting or roving?  How long does the felting process take for a large project like slippers?  If I wanted to dye the wool, I would dye it before doing the felting, correct?  Jane Doe, I saw the slippers you and your husband made, and they look awesome!

I might try something small, like felting over soap or something at first, but my goal is to be able to make felt slippers for myself and my son.  I just ordered myself some valenki (Russian wool felt boots), which were spendy!  I would love to be able to make something similar in the future for myself and my son, since I can't afford to keep my son shod in real valenki while his feet grow, but I want something really warm for him to wear in the wintertime.  I figure if I could figure out how to make the felted wool boot part, it's easy enough to buy the galoshes that go over them separately, since those are inexpensive.
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« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2010 04:13:51 PM »

How much wool is needed for an adult-size pair of slippers?
-hmm, I don't really remember. I just dove into my stash. A few hundred grams?  Embarrassed

Would I want batting or roving?
Either will work. I used batting ad my husband used roving.
To achive a good even felt, roving is much easier to work with.
Reason being, you have more control over your fiber, and you can see the direction you've laid the fiber. On the topic of fiber choice, the mistake my husband made when creating his boots, was to use a wool that was too soft/delicate. (I warned him!)
For durability, you want to use a more coarse fiber. (higher micron) but for comfort a finer fiber (lower micron). For your son however, he's a little guy who doesn't need his boots to last more than a year. So you can use the softer fiber for comfort Smiley
For yourself, you can do the layer closest to the plastic (ie your feet) in the finer fiber, and the outer layer in a coarser fiber. Of course the fibers will blend, but most of the finer fibers will be against your feet.

How long does the felting process take for a large project like slippers?
We laid out our fiber after lunch, and then the wet process lasted about the length of a movie (we had a movie going while we did the wet process)

If I wanted to dye the wool, I would dye it before doing the felting, correct?
You can do it before or after with different effect, but I'd suggest dying it before.
There's so much more you can do design wise (hubby used lots of blues, with brown on the inside) and you won't run the risk of your slippers shrinking while dying

As a pre-boot project, I'd suggest doing something with a flat resist. (A flat piece of plastic inside) It'll help get you ready for using the flat resist to make the boots.
Maybe something small like a mobile phone cover?
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« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2010 01:06:14 PM »

Thank you so  much for the detailed information!!  I bought a tiny bit of roving today at JoAnn and did a first attempt at wet-felting.  (Felted over soap.)  I can see wet felting is a lot trickier than it initially seems, though next time I'll probably try using some tulle.  The hardest part for me was the roving slipping around in the beginning.  But it was fun, and I must say, quite addictive!!

So, I'll try to build up my proficiency with some tiny projects, and go from there if I'm still liking it.  I'm seeig that slippers or boots are a long way off for me, but still seem do-able!  I think I'll try some of the other projects in the felt-a-longs.

Thanks again!
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« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2010 02:02:16 PM »

No worries
if you are creating projects, feel free to post them up in the completed projects section.
-even if you're not happy with them.
We'll be able to help you out and see what's going wrong (or right!)
Best of luck as you head into this very addictive endeavor
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« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2010 02:59:10 PM »

I've never wet felted slippers, but I have needle felted many flowers.   Unless you are attaching them to something (bag, sweater, hat) it is best to form a tight "form" to needlefelt on to, or the flower will be flimsy.  the easiest flower for me to make was pansies as they are pretty compact.  good luck!
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