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« on: April 28, 2010 07:21:20 PM »

...I'm a novice felter. So I'm not sure of how to go about felting a piece like this.

So this is a pic scanned from a magazine (not sure what mag as a friend sent me the pic). The piece is by Claudy Jongstra, who does some beautiful, amazing work!! Check out her site if you're not familiar with her... http://claudyjongstra.com/ So after seeing the picture and looking at her site I'm inspired and would love to play around a bit with the wool I have and see if I can get something similar. I know the basics of felting and nuno felting but not much more than that. In the description it says she uses cotton gauze and raw silk in addition to the wool so I would assume nuno...but how would I get those lovely fluffy bits and locks without felting them down into the rest? Getting the locks and fuzzy bits on the edges I can figure out but I really like them throughout as well. Any ideas on techniques I could try?


« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2010 01:08:36 PM »

Hm, ok, I was hoping to get some ideas from some experienced felters so I would have a better starting point. I guess I'll just do a bunch of little test pieces and go from there.

« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2010 08:33:21 PM »

Hmmm... Try using a non felt-able fiber for the fuzzy bits. I'd love to see what you come up with, because that piece is quite lovely!

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« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2010 05:27:44 PM »

The pic is kind of hard to make out.  I looked to see if that pic was on her website, but no.
In my experience, if you just lay the curly locks on the project, they stay curly if you don't forcibly stretch them out.

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« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2010 04:06:17 PM »

I think I saw a project simular to this on either threadbanger.com or a youtube video. Maybe you could look up felted scarf or something like that.
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« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2010 06:48:04 PM »

A couple of random thoughts for you:
- she may have used a synthetic fibre which won't felt as well and sit more on top but it looks all the same colour throughout so not sure if that's what she's done
- she may add tufts towards the end of the process so that they catch a little with the underneath but don't felt right in to blend with the rest but sit more on top - try adding them almost at the end and they get felted in enough to sit but not blend??

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