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« on: March 30, 2014 07:11:40 PM »

Hello!

I'm recreating a dough doll statue (that's crumbling to pieces) out of felt. Part of this is creating layers of fabric-like pieces that will be attached (a dress/apron).

I made a piece of the dress out of roving, but it's still thicker than I'd like. I was thinking if I wet felted my already-kinda-needle felted piece, it might get flatter.

If I need to suck it up and just keep stabbing - feel free to tell me that too Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2014 05:36:01 AM »

How large do you need the fabric like pieces to be?

Wet felting probably isn't going to be the solution, but I've made thin needle felted fabric. Here's what you do:

Lay out a THIN layer of fiber larger than you need the finish fabric to be.
On top of that lay out an even thin layer of fiber that has been cut and carded (1" - 1.5" in length).
Tack the two layers together - Tack (don't thrust your needles deep into these two layers.

Gently lift all the fiber off your work surface (lift in the direction of that first layer of long fibers) and turn it over.
Tack all the fibers from the other side.

Start surface felting at shallow angles to the fiber, turn it over as needed.

Hold the fabric you are creating up to a light to see which area might be to thin - add more fiber in those areas - tack and then surface felt.

It's possible to make very thin needle felted fabric this way. I work only on Clover brush mat - I do not know if this process might be a bit more difficult on foam work surfaces because of the "bounce" that they have - should still work.

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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2014 01:59:31 PM »

Thanks for your input! I love needle felting, but I'm working on the patience part of it Smiley

I did a thin layer of uncarded natural merino and covered it in a thin layer of carded dyed Corriedale, it might make the most sense to just use the coloured Corriedale though. It doesn't need to be super thin, about 1/4 inch would be fine.

I guess I just need to keep on felting! I'll keep going with shallow stabs, I've got a piece of foam and a clover mat (with flannel on it to keep the fuzzies down), I'll spend some more time on it and see how it goes!

Thanks again!
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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2014 02:00:34 PM »

Oh and it's not very big, the biggest piece is about 4"x10"
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« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2014 06:22:58 AM »

Hope the technique works for you! I've made very thin drapable fabric using this technique! =^..^=
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