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« on: December 18, 2005 06:38:58 AM »

Felt FAQ
What's here - What isn't

Here on the Felting Board you will find

Projects and information about felt making.  Basically, there's wet felting and needle felting. What's the difference? Well, wet felting is making felt with soapy water while needle felting is making felt using a sharp tool to poke the wool.

Felt is one of the oldest textiles. It is made from hair fibres - usually unspun wool from sheep. Felt is very simply matted fiber, snarled and tangled and mashed down so it sticks together and cannot be pulled appart.  Felt doesn't unravel.

Felt is made from fibre that has not gone through the spinning process.  The fiber is in a pre yarn stage, called roving and batt.  It becomes fabric or a 3D object using either a wet felting process or a dry (needle felting) process. 

Felt-like stuff that is not here -

knitted purses, garments, etc that are washed to shrink and become felt-like either by hand washing or machine washing
   The Knitting Board has a specific felting topic: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=5874.0

crocheted purses, garments, etc that are washed to shrink and become felt-like either by hand washing or machine washing

sewn projects from fabric - knit or woven -that is shrunk (fulled) before construction

sewn or other projects from acrylic or wool commercial felt

sewn recons from sweaters and woolen clothing that are shrunk before reconstruction

for these items try an advance search using the terms -felt, felted, felting, fulled, fulling, shrunken- in all areas of Knitting, Crochet, and D&Q areas of Weaving, Spinning, Clothing recons completed, and Purses recons completed- or other specific boards with the style of project you desire.

The felt art/craft on the Felting Boards is about the hand creation of non-woven, non-knit, non-crocheted items; our focus is on felt made by matting wool fiber.

If you got here by accident looking for posts about sewing of commercial felt, or felting a hand knit item, et cetera; we invite you to stay and take a look at the completed projects here in Felting.  There are some cool techniques we use that a crocheter, knitter, seamstress or recon craftster may find exciting for embellishment, such as needle felt applique into your fulled knitted project.

PS.  You may notice we spell some words several ways - eg fiber, fibre, thats because your felting mods come from different parts of the English speaking world and we have blended our words and styles.

Posted by GraceOblivious, but brought to you as a collaboration of your Felting Board moderators:  Jane Doe and GraceOblivious
« Last Edit: December 18, 2005 09:27:07 AM by GraceOblivious » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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