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« on: June 27, 2008 06:58:35 PM »

A week or so ago, I went to a workshop on Turkish Rug Felting. These are some photos from the workshop.

These are made with a sort of nuno felting method. Two layers of white batts are laid down crosswise, then a slightly smaller piece of cotton gauze fabric (or scrim) is laid on top. This is prefelted just until the gauze starts to stick to the wool. You can then lay out a design on the gauze, or on the wool side.  Traditionally, the design is worked upside down, but we did not do that.

Here is my felt laid out on the gauze side (with the help of Johann the little visitor)
http://decapod.home.silentsong.net/fw1.jpg [edited to change broken image to link]

The felts are laid out on a large plastic mat and wetted down with slightly soapy water
http://decapod.home.silentsong.net/fw2.jpg [edited to change broken image to link]

The mat is carefully rolled up and tied securely, then taken outside.
http://decapod.home.silentsong.net/fw3.jpg [edited to change broken image to link]

You are supposed to roll and squish the mat with your feet, but we tired of that quickly and instead sat in chairs with three or four people rolling the mat with their feet at the same time.  After twenty minutes, the mat is unrolled and the felts are turned 90 degrees (and any adjustments to the wool are made).  They are rolled in the mat for twenty more minutes. Then the felts are removed and worked by hand, first by rolling and squishing and then by throwing.

Here is the finished felt:
http://decapod.home.silentsong.net/fw4.jpg [edited to change broken image to link]

And a close-up showing the wrinkled gauze.
http://decapod.home.silentsong.net/fw5.jpg [edited to change broken image to link]

Because of the gauze, these felts can be thinner and more supple than pure-wool felt, which would need at least three or four thicker layers of fiber.
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« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2008 07:16:34 PM »

Awesome! Was that a class with Mehmet Girgic?

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« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2008 07:52:40 PM »

I've never heard of that before. It's so gorgeous and sounds so incredibly time consuming. Looks worth it though! Congrats, it's beautiful.
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2008 09:36:44 AM »

That's wonderful - you must be so pleased with it.
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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2008 04:46:03 PM »

Oh wow - everyone's felt looks so good.
The technique sounds reall useful for working in a more delicate design when wet felting.
Does it also create a more durable felt?
Thanks for sharing your felting adventures.
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« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2008 05:02:47 PM »

Beautiful work Ptarmic!


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« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2008 04:54:02 AM »

Hi Ptarmic,
     Thank you for posting this.  I like your step by step.  I got the idea to make a felted rug with an ambitious picture in the center.  I had never heard of using scrim over the top of the base.  When I saw your pics, I realized that I needed a little more info before starting.  I've traced my design onto the gauze and am ready to do the preliminary felting.  I will post pics if it doesn't turn into a terrible tragedy.  Thanks again for posting your pictures and instructions.

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« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2009 08:11:12 AM »

You are so cool! Thanks for the inspiration and information.

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« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2010 10:07:15 PM »

I am wondering how I can get my friends to roll a giant felted rug!
Specially since is 105 in Texas..
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« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2019 07:15:55 AM »

This was a thread from 10 years ago, so the links to the pix no longer work, but this technique sounds like the result I hope for from the nuno felting project I am attempting for my son's tallit (prayer shawl)--felting between two layers of merino wool gauze instead of silk. I want the result to be thinner, more pliable and without the wrinkled shrinkage that happens from the differing shrinkage (with silk). I needle felted the image to the wool gauze base, but rolling it has not forced the fibers through the top layer. Have I merely not rolled it enough? I'm a nuno newbie. Thanks
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