Spotlight On: Felting
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Often find myself admiring the felted items on Craftster. Must admit though that I’ve never really checked how they were actually made. Now that I have, gotten a whole new appreciation for the art.
Felting is one of the oldest forms of textile art, and there are two kinds; wet and dry. The difference is that wet felting is done with the fiber, or fibre depending on where you’re from, and soapy water. Both forms of felting is done with a sharp tool that has needles to shape and form the fiber. This makes the fiber matted, snarled, tangled and mashed down so it sticks together and cannot be pulled apart.
The fiber is typically unspun wool from sheep that has not gone through the spinning process. The fiber is in a pre-yarn stage, called roving and batt. That looks like this one made by Belladune, our fiber board moderator.:
With such amazing potential for what it can become, felting is something I am eager to give a try. So found this extremely thorough tutorial to get me started.
Basic Needle Felting Overview
With few supplies needed this could be an inexpensive new craft. Hope you all will give it a try, and share your projects with us. Seeing your creations is what Craftster is all about!
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