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Topic: Trouble felting the top layer, please advise  (Read 1131 times)
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Mel-K
« on: September 06, 2005 10:56:20 PM »

Hello,
Whenever I add little pieces of different wool to the top layer,  (usually curly strands,) they do not attach to the rest of the wool. 

what can I do to make them stick? i have tried rubbing in all directions but no luck!
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« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2005 11:50:04 PM »

Just to clarify, are you needle felting or wet felting?
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« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2005 11:58:11 PM »

Wet felting, thanks Embarrassed
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« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2005 12:07:37 AM »

Well if you've already started felting, then add more wool when wet felting, that tends to occur. The reason is, the rest of the wool has already begun to shrink and become a fabric.

If you can, best practice is to lay all your layers before adding water.
If the issue is that you want to add a detailed pattern, you can either:
 -needle felt it on later
 -add the detailing onto the top layer, then laying a tight weave synthetic fabric ontop to keep it all in place. I use that slippery-seethrough curtain fabric when I work and haven't had any problems with the fabric felting into my work.
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Mel-K
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2005 04:57:58 AM »

thanks so much for your advice. originally, I added the colours strands on top , then began to felt, not quite making a top layer.  They had nothing to grab on to.

I have since tried incorporating them into their own top layer, using the background colour as "filler"  seems obvious now and worked well.
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