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« on: May 04, 2014 09:58:20 PM »

I have become addicted to wet felting and I have so far made wet felted pebbles, a bowl, a fish and numerous pieces of flat textured felt. I would like to try my hand at a bag now, but I really want the cobblestone type effect on it. Any ideas on how this is achieved? I have tried youtube and Google with no success and my library has no books on wet felting at all.
Here are some pictures from my Pinterest to show you what I mean.
Hopefully someone knows?

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/168251736053797064/
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/168251736053809362/
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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2014 04:11:46 AM »

Nice texture!! I can see why you'd want to try and do that!

First off - I am not a wet felter so I do not "know" how to create that texture, but I could take a logical guess or two:

In the first image you posted the cobbles all appear to me to be from the same original layer of fiber which makes me think that the piece was partially felted and then the cobbles were cut (not cutting through all layers) and the cobbles were given some individual attention to smooth their edges before continuing to felt the whole piece.

The first piece might also be achieved by laying out the foundation fibers. Laying on top of that a plastic web or plastic that has had holes cut into it that are large enough to form a good bond between the foundation and the cobble layers and then laying out the cobble layer fiber. Wet felting, cutting the cobbles and continuing to wet felt the whole. The plastic would act as a resist preventing the edges of the cobbles from felting to the underlying foundation.

In the second piece I suspect that the cobbles were made separately and then added to the overall piece. They did not appear to be as dimensional as the cobbles in the first piece.

As a needle felter - I would create the bag on a larger than desired foam pillow. I would lay out the foundation fibers, tacking them in place and then creating and adding the cobbles. The whole could then be wet felted to really bond the layers together. The fibers won't significantly felt to the foam pillow so you can make a cut, use your hands to free the fiber from the foam pillow - remove the pilllow and then continue wet felting if desired.

I created this rock by a combination of needle and wet felting which allowed me great control over what colors went where.



Hope that will give you some ideas on how you might create your cobble bag!! =^..^=
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« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2014 04:26:13 AM »

Wow, you do know your stuff! I actually didn't give up my search today and it was amazing but I accidentally stumbled upon a tutorial at last.
Funny thing is that it's also called 'cracked mud' and I saw it on youtube. I wasn't even looking for it at the time either! Lol I just thought that sounds like it could be it !
If anyone else wants to give it a try here is a link to a video and also a written tutorial.
But yes, you were right on track, thanks so much for your help.
I can't believe I found it after days and days searching...
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FM1OJSS31b4
http://sparkfiberarts.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/the-family-went-on-vacation-this-last.html
http://www.livemaster.ru/topic/61153-idei-iz-moej-kopilki-chast-2
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« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2014 06:46:27 AM »

Excellent!! Glad you were finally able to find some tutorials!! Cracked mud - yes that really fits that first photo!!

Thanks for sharing the links too!! I'll check them over later!! Gradually I am doing more wet felting so always glad to come upon useful instructions!! =^..^=

Looking forward to your posting your own creation when you've had a chance to make it!!  Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2014 08:27:14 AM »

Had some time to check out the links you provided!! Interesting stuff!! Their templates/resists were very square, but you could make one up that has irregular shapes just as easily. =^..^=
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