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How To Make A Sample To Determine The Shrinkage

Dec 01, 2016
 

Hi there!

I´ve often been asked how do you make a sample to determine the shrinkage factor in wet felting. Well, that’s exactly what I’ll be covering in today’s video.

It’s actually very easy. You should make a sample, and measure it before and after felting.

There are three fundamental factors to take into account though:

  1. Use the same type (or types) of wool for your sample and project, since not all wool types have the same shrinkage.
  2. Use the same number of layers and equally thick ones for your sample and project, since the thickness of the layers influences the shrinkage.
  3. Felt the sample and your project to the same degree, since the more you felt, the more the piece will shrink.

Check out the video and let me know if I’ve covered all your questions!

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A Christmas Gift For You!

Nov 24, 2016
 

Hello!

Now that Christmas is just a month away, I’m sure you’ll be thinking about the presents for your family and friends by now.

So, I decided to bring you a simple, but really sweet idea, that you can make for a child. And it's FREE!

Think of it as a Christmas gift for you.

Enjoy!

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Something New Coming Up!

Nov 10, 2016

Hey there

Depending on how much you’ve experimented with wet felting, you might have already tried mixing fabrics with wool. If that’s the case, you know not all types of fabric work well for nuno felting.

A couple of months ago I came across a fabric I really liked, but I knew it wouldn’t be easy to apply it on wool. I still decided to buy it and went on experimenting, until I found a way to get it to stick!

Of course, I was really excited about it, so I’m preparing a video workshop to show you how I did it. And I hope to have it ready really soon.

In the meantime, I’d like to invite you to check out the video workshops and PDFs I’ve created for you at my etsy shop.

Did you find something you’d like to learn? I’ve created a cupon code for my newsletter subscribers. If you’re not part of the club yet, join until de 24th of November and get the code for a 20% discount on any product in my shop.

Talk to you soon!

P.S.: Do you have...

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How Do I Know If My Felt Is Ready?

Nov 03, 2016
 

“How do I know if my felt is ready?” This is such a frequent question. And it’s answered in four words: do the pinch test!

And what’s the pinch test? When you feel your felt is solid enough not to fall apart anymore, you literally pinch the felt between your fingers to check if the fibers are still loose. If they’re not, it’s ready for fulling.

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The Right Way To Cut A Wool Top

Oct 26, 2016

Hi!

So many people are surprised to find out you shouldn’t cut felting wool with scissors. WHY? Well, a neat cut (like the one you get when cutting with scissors) makes it more difficult for the fibers to attach.

Here’s how to cut a wool top in a couple of seconds:

  • Hold your hands apart
  • Pull firmly
  • The wool will cut in the middle

Try it and let me know how it goes

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How To Make A Resist For 3D Felting

Oct 19, 2016
 

Hi! I’m back today with a new episode of the How To Series. And this time I’m talking about resists.

If you’re planning to wet felt a 3D object with no seams (like a hat, a bag or slippers), you’ll have to work with a resist.

And if you want to work on a project that’s felted around a resist, you might be wondering how to get the right size, since wool shrinks up to 40% when felted. And you might be asking yourself what material you should make it with? Does this even matter? Well, it does. And I’ll show you why in this video.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

 

 

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How Do You Pull A Thin Wool Tuft? A GIF(t) For You!

Oct 12, 2016

Hi!

If you haven’t been felting for very long, this is probably one of the problems you face: how to pull a thin wool tuft to achieve a good felt?

Because I get this question so often, I decided to make you a short GIF, that shows you everything you need to know in just a couple of seconds.

Here’s what to watch for:

  • the position of the hand holding the wool
  • the position of the fingers pulling the tuft
  • the distance between both hands

So, try it out and let me know if it worked!

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Open Artists’ Ateliers In Lisbon – 14th To 16th October

Oct 05, 2016

Castelo d’If is organizing the 7th edition of Abertura de Ateliês de Artistas (#7AAA) on the 14th to 16th of October (Friday to Sunday). This is a unique opportunity to go through Lisbon and get to see artists’ ateliers that aren’t normally open to visitors. You won’t want to miss it, if you happen to be in Lisbon!

Check out the list of the participating ateliers here. And come visit us! PANDO is also on the list

Map to download

 

A Associação Cultural Castelo d’If está a organizar a 7ª Edição da Abertura de Ateliês de Artistas (#7AAA) de 14 a 16 de outubro (sexta a domingo). Esta é uma oportunidade única de caminhar por Lisboa e ir espreitando os ateliês de artistas que normalmente não estão abertos ao público. Se estiver em Lisboa não perca esta oportunidade.

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Live Workshop In Lisbon – 29th October

Oct 05, 2016

We’ll be back to PANDO (Graça – Lisbon) for another felting workshop on the 29th of October. Bags are the next thing we’re working on. We’ll have fun exploring shapes and colors, decoration with wool and other materials. Will you be in Lisbon? Come join us, even if you don’t speak Portuguese. Just email me for more information.

 

Workshop de feltragem com água e sabão (peças com molde, sem costuras)

Onde? Cowork PANDO – Rua Particular à Manuel Soares Guedes, 7B – Graça, Lisboa

Quando? Sábado, 29 de outubro, das 14h30 às 18h30

O quê? Pequenas malas e bolsas para gadgets

Preço: 55 euros (todos os materiais incluídos)

Lugares: mínimo de 6 e máximo de 10

Inscrições: até dia 27 de outubro, por email ou telefone 96 999 30 44.

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Learn How To Felt A Tablet/Laptop Sleeve

Sep 28, 2016
 

Hi!

This is what I’ve been up to in the last weeks. I was working on a new workshop where I include something I absolutely love – sheep locks.

You can get them in their natural colors or dyed in all sorts of different tonalities. They also vary a lot depending on the sheep race and other factors. So, it’s really fun to play with them.

I wanted to include them in a project for a long time. And now the Fall is back to the Northern hemisphere, I felt it was the right moment to suggest a piece using this wonderful product.

The two pieces I show you in this workshop can be used either as a tablet sleeve or a winter clutch. Of course you can also take the idea and make it bigger and thicker for a laptop bag. Another possibility is to give it another shape, add any type of handles, and make a messenger bag, for example.

The workshop Bah Bah Tablet Sleeve is now available and you can download it from my etsy shop.

Check out the introduction video to get a taste of what you...

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