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meeg17
« on: December 23, 2005 11:30:44 AM »

Hello There,

I am fairly new to felting.  I have gotten pretty good at needle felting but I'm still working on the wet felting.

I have 2 questions about making scarves:

1.  How much wool is really used?  I laid out 3 thin layers and when I was done you could see through it, but when I made it thicker it seems too thick.

and

2.  How do you form the edges so they are strait or whatever other shape you want them to be, how do you achieve that.

Any advice is much appreciated, I just moved and my internet is not hooked up yet but when it is I will post pictures.

Thanks!

Megan
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« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2005 07:42:28 AM »

Hi Megan,

In answering your questions;
1) how much wool to use, is really up to you. I've made items that use the thinnest layers and when the three layers were laid, it was still thin enough to read print undernieth it. I've also made a sturdy hat that had quite thick layers. You can use either thick or thin layers when creating felt, but you will gain different effects depending on your layers.
2) Forming edges is difficult - straight or otherwise. Generally felters don't aim to felt perfectly straight edges on their projects. They will most often be a little wavy due to how the wool shrinks.

Like needle-felting, it does take a little while to "Feel" your way around a project when wet felting.
What you can do however to make the transition from needle-felting to wet-felting easier, is to blend techniques. Start your project by using your needle-felting tool to loosely poke your project to help keep it in place during the wet-felting process.

Also, to help us all in honing our wet + needle felting skills, once a month we are holding a felt along. January's project will be a needle felting project, but Febuary's will be a wet felting project. Hope to see you join in  Wink
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meeg17
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2006 12:14:52 PM »

Awesome!  Thanks so much for the advice, I'd love to join the felt along Smiley
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corduroy cat
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2006 05:15:14 PM »

i'm looking to start making scarves as well, keep us posted on your progress Smiley
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meeg17
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2006 08:22:11 AM »

I will!
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corduroy cat
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2006 04:37:41 PM »

ok so i attempted a scarf this weekend and here's my results....
i used 2 thick layers of roving, it was about 25g of each colour, so about 50g total. this proved to be a bit too thick actually, and i made it a bit too wide as well Tongue everything went smoothly until i had to felt the other half of the scarf (my screen would only cover half at a time), pulled up the screen and immediately tossed it onto the still dry loose roving, causing it to totally destroy my pattern layers Sad so the end half turned out a bit wonky but i cut it off and now it's fine. i used my rotary cutter to slice off the uneven edges and that worked perfectly!
so in future i will try to do thinner layers and not throw anything onto the part that still hasnt been felted!
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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2006 06:21:41 PM »

everything went smoothly until i had to felt the other half of the scarf (my screen would only cover half at a time), pulled up the screen and immediately tossed it onto the still dry loose roving, causing it to totally destroy my pattern layers Sad

Screen? Huh What's this screen you're felting with?

Sounds like you and I use very different techniques Wink
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corduroy cat
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2006 07:05:51 AM »

hmm i mean like the cloth mesh you put over the dry roving you've laid out? then you pour soapy water on it and start a rubbin! is this not how you do it jane? 
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« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2006 02:51:14 PM »

Ah yes, I use the cloth mesh. I just didn't think to call it a screen   Roll Eyes
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corduroy cat
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2006 04:52:35 PM »

eh it was probably just me making up words for things...
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meeg17
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2006 08:47:18 AM »

I made one, I had a hard time getting the two colors to stick together where they meet, but I did it eventually, I may go over it with another layer just to make sure it all holds together (can I do that?).

Fulling the felt was the hardest part for me, I got help from my boyfriend who is much stronger than I am.  Another thing I would like to learn is how to keep things straiter, so they don't bleed together as much, any advice is appreciated.  Not the greatest pic (took from my phone).

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craftykate
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2006 04:08:23 PM »

wow meeg17. I think it looks great. I've been thinking of trying this. What kind of cloth mesh would I need to get?
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« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2006 04:39:24 PM »

looks great meeg17! i think the colours blending together is part of the beauty of felted pieces. i think to get a more exact design you'd have to needle felt it rather than wet felt. or maybe wet felt a scarf then needle onto it.
here's a site that explains how to wet felt if you dont have a cloth mesh...
http://www.allfiberarts.com/library/aa01/aa012901.htm
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meeg17
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2006 04:56:05 PM »

I've been thinking of trying this. What kind of cloth mesh would I need to get?

I went to home depot and bought screen for about $4, it came in a roll, and I was able to cut it into 2 pieces.

Thanks for the compliments!  I appreciate it.
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