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61  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Water to soap ratio? on: April 19, 2008 02:56:13 PM
Hi, I work best with olive-oil soap. Also known as Marseilian (?) soap.
When I am felting with kids I sometimes put some liquid green soap in the water. So the children don't need so much (more expansive) olive soap. This soap is better for your hands. It takes a lot longer before your hands become "old".

62  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: attempting to felt... on: April 09, 2008 12:06:20 PM
I like to help when i can....
63  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Felt Ball Rug on: April 07, 2008 01:25:17 PM
I saw it already at subloke, and i was impressed by all the work she must have done. But this project... It is a real  "keep-you- off- the-street" project!!!!
I think I am going to try and make something impressive like this in this summer vacation. Now that I know that I can not go to the Felting Symposium at Gotland (Sweden ).
64  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Felted Stone Rug on: April 07, 2008 01:20:48 PM
I also think it's awsome! I think when walking on it barefooted, you are getting a footh massage?Huh
65  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Nuno felting on huge pieces of fabric? on: April 07, 2008 01:15:05 PM
Hi, I always work with rolling in bubble plastic. Keep in mind that the fabric only shrinks where you lay wool and not where there is no wool. I throw with it to make sure the wool fibre are fast/ firm with the fabric.
Good luck and keep us updated!
66  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: February-March felt along - wet felting with a resist *PICTURES ADDED* on: April 07, 2008 01:07:48 PM
Hi , everyone,

It all looks great! I am wondering: Till what date can I take part in this felt-along?
I have made a pair of in house- boots for my daughter and I have used a resist inside......  
I'll try and put a picture of it along with this message!

I have tried to put a picture along with this message, but i did not succeed. I have some pictures in my user gallery. I put a link,but i don't know if it will work......

67  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: attempting to felt... on: April 07, 2008 11:32:12 AM
Nuno felt can be made with every fabric that has an open structure, linen is also good and not so expensive. What you can do is as follow: place the sheeting on a piece of bubble plastic, cover it with woolfibre. Make it wet with water and soap and put another piece of bubble plastic over it. Roll the whole thing up. so you have got a bundle of plastic with wool inside. Start , very gently, with rolling this bundle. After 50 times you unroll it and roll it up from the other side. Somewhere after 250 times you can check if the fibres are getting trough the mazes of the fabric. When you see that this is happening, you can roll harder with more power. After a while, let the wool-piece fall out of your hands for about 20 times. This makes the fibres go trough the fabric and become one with each other.

I hope you have some help with my comment!
68  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: felted eggs? on: March 28, 2008 01:48:13 PM
hi, I have felted a lot of eggs with my two children. I use for the centre some woolroving which has not jet been carded,( because that is cheaper than carded wool). From it like a ball, as compact as possible and then cover this wool up with nice merinowool in the colour we wanted.
Put a lot of soap on your hands and start making the woolly egg very gently wet and soapy. After the total outside is soapy make it more wet. and start massaging/ felting.
Keep in mind that normally the wool will shrink about 1 third. When you don't want to finish your eggs completely by hand you can put the in your washing machine and let the machine doe the work for you, after you've whetted the roving and made the last layer of wool felted a little.

69  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Holey felt, batman! on: March 28, 2008 01:33:50 PM
What technique did you follow? Do you have the wright roving? There is a roving what cannot be easily felted and is called fairytale-roving.  (here in the Netherlands)Best roving to be felting with is Merino/ Gotland or Wensleydale.

What you should do with laying the roving:
1. first lay horizontally,
2. make a layer vertically upon that layer.
3. Make everything wet with some soap and water
4. Take a piece of bubbleplastic, a bit lager than your wool , put it on the wool which you've sprinkled with water
5. Just only push the plastic on the wool. The air is pushed away and all the wool is wet. Add some more water and soap if not. and you mustn't start massaging the wool jet.
6. Take the plastic off and you can see if you have laid your roving thick enough. Put some more when you have wholes. make it wet, etc.
7. Then start massaging carefully. When you are to rough in the beginning, the wool will not stay like you've laid......

The pieces you've maid can be thrown in a washing machine, to get them more felted. Or ...... use them as a pre-felt, where you can cut out motives/ figures which you put on your new laid roving.
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