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« on: February 23, 2012 04:29:19 PM »

These vessels were made using a flat, circular resist via wet felting.  The fibers were partially felted around the resist, then the top was cut opened, the felting was completed, then the vessels were stuffed with plastic grocery bags until dry. 

1st vessel:


This one was made with a longwool (shetland, iirc), with lincoln longwool locks. I tried adding the locks prior to cutting the top opening, which was not a good idea. It was hard to control the size of the opening and the locks were too sparse. I have since added on more locks via needle felting.

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brown welsh with lincoln or maybe cotswold curls. For this one, I cut the opening and then very carefully added on the dry locks to the raw cut edge and carefully felted them in. This worked very well, and the cut fibers migrated quickly into the locks.

3rd vessel:



Masham with border leicester locks. The locks were added similar to the 2nd vessel. The masham felted extremely quickly and makes a stiff bowl. After felting, I dip dyed the vessel in "sky blue" acid dye - this dye strikes very fast on wool

4th vessel:



Black corriedale with pre-dyed leicester longwool locks. This one took much longer to felt than the longwool vessels and is softed and less stiff. The locks were applied as with the 2nd vessel.
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« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2012 05:04:11 PM »

I really like the 3rd one.  And the 4th looks like a volcano!!  very cool!
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« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2012 08:30:12 PM »

Oh yes, I am loving these! I don't think I know this method; I just know the balloon method. This might be better for the project I'm still dreaming of, though. Is there a tutorial somewhere?
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« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2012 09:24:51 PM »

These are really cool! They remind me of sea anemones or coral.
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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2012 11:23:52 PM »

really neat
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« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2012 05:36:35 AM »

Jexx,  check out feltinglessons.com  She's got video tutorials on how to do pretty much everything.
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« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2012 07:08:46 PM »

The flat resist method is described in a couple of places, here is one: http://members.peak.org/~spark/3-dFelt.html. I use craft foam, the vessel resist is just a circle. The hole that you cut in the top will get a lot bigger while felting. 

I also tend to get better results by putting down one layer of fiber, flipping the resist and wrapping the fiber, then putting one layer on that side, flipping, repeat until there are at least 4 layers on each side.  If you put all the layers on one side, then flip, there is more of a tendency to get a thick ridge along the edge of the resist.
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« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2012 12:39:30 AM »

These are great - I haven't done any wet felting for a few years, but these have inspired me to start again...  Off to find my fibres!  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2012 04:02:16 AM »

Very nice!!! =^..^=
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