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Soap For Wet Felting 101

Mar 23, 2017
 

Today I’m going back to basics and I’m talking about SOAP.

As you know, there’s a lot of information around the right one for felting. In fact, different felters have different preferences. But the truth is, from olive oil soap, to dishwashing liquid, or hand soap, all of them produce felt.

If you don’t mind, I’ll be geeky for a while. It might sound strange to you, but I actually find this interesting ?

Now, if you read anything about felting in Mongolia, you’ll see they traditionally used animal urine to felt. The reason is that changing the pH of the wool causes the scales of the fibers to open. Apparently, if your felting solution is pH4 or below and pH8 or above, the felting is faster. But I don’t want to go much deeper into this. The point I’m trying to make is kinda “All roads lead to Rome”. Generally speaking, as long as you change your wool’s pH enough, it’ll produce felt.

Of course, instead of animal...

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Price Change

Mar 23, 2017

Hi!

I wanted to let you know there will be a price change in my eBooks and online video workshops.

So, if you’ve had an eye on one of them, please note that they’ll be available for the present price only for one more week. After that the price will go up.

Talk to you soon!

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Learn To Felt The English Rose Brooch

Mar 16, 2017

Hello!

Today I’ve got something really special for you!

This has been one of my best sellers for years and I finally decided to teach it, so it’s now available as an eBook.

The English Rose is a flower that has been designed primarily to be applied on brooches. But you can use it for hair accessories or anything else you might think of. It’s guaranteed to make any outfit stand out!

What’s particular about this workshop is that it teaches you how to wet felt a flower that is extremely light weight (8 to 12 grams), but resistant at the same time. And that’s all due to this mix technique and the wool type I use.

The workshop includes a tutorial PDF (43 pages and over 200 photos), plus a second one with the leaf templates.

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Recycle Felt Rests And Make A Sweet Gift

Mar 08, 2017

No matter if you’re just starting out or if you’re an experienced felt maker. Whether something goes wrong with a project or you’ve made a pre-felt and didn’t use it all, there are always felt rests. Mine keep increasing! I have lots of bags with pieces in all colors and sizes. And I tell everyone who’s ever attended one of my workshops not to throw anything away. The way I see it, wool is too precious to land in the garbage bin.

But, of course, what’s the point in collecting them if you just keep having bigger bags? So, here’s an idea of a sweet and easy project you can make with something like a bag that went wrong (I have lots of those too). All you need is a piece with 10 to 12 cm, depending on the template you choose.

Here are a couple of shapes I suggest. I used to make keyholders and magnets like this. They can be sweet and original gifts!

And these are some of the pieces I have in those bags I was talking about ? ...

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Felting Wool – How To Choose The Right One

Mar 02, 2017

When it comes to buying the wool for your felting project, you can feel really overwhelmed by the enormous choice available on the market. Also, depending on where you’re buying it from, you might get a lot of different options in terms of the sheep race.

So, here’s my suggestion on how to navigate your next wool shopping in 3 easy steps.

Step 1: Is your project needle felted or wet felted?

If you’re planning to needle felt something, your best choice is wool batting. This is wool that has only been washed and carded, so the wool fibers are going in different directions, unlike wool tops, that have been combed, and therefore have all their fibers going in the same direction.

When you’re working with a needle, this type of wool is faster to felt and you get a smooth surface, instead of a surface full of visible wool fibers (where you can almost see “threads”), which is the result of needle felting with wool tops.

Also, a harder wool is easier to...

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Novo Kit De Feltragem Com eBook Em Português

Feb 28, 2017

Já está disponível o meu primeiro kit com eBook em português!

Se já tem alguma experiência em feltragem e gosta de peças únicas, este kit é para si!

 

Inclui:

  • Um eBook de 33 páginas
  • Cerca de 60 gramas de lã
  • 5 agulhas de feltrar finas

eBook:

O eBook em formato PDF tem 33 páginas, com fotografias a cores, explicando passo-a-passo como fazer o anel em forma de flor. O tema principal é a margarida, mas também inclui outras propostas, com variantes de cor e número de pétalas.
As peças são feitas em técnica mista (feltragem com agulha e feltragem com água e sabão).

Lãs:
O kit contém cerca de 60 gramas de lã, que lhe permitem fazer todos os anéis propostos no eBook:

  • lã merino cardada extrafina (branca)
  • lã merino cardada extrafina (azul claro)
  • lã merino cardada extrafina (verde tropa)
  • ...
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Needle Felt? Wet Felt? Industrial Felt? What's All That? Help!

Feb 23, 2017

If you google words like ‘felt’ or ‘felting’, you find lots of information, ranging from industrial felt to needle felt and everything in between. So, if you’re new to felting how do you find your way through all of this? Let me help.

HANDCRAFTED WET FELT

I guess you could say that wet felt is the ‘real deal’. Though it’s apparently difficult to prove, what we now call wet felt could be the oldest textile known to mankind for the simple reason that it requires absolutely no tool to craft. All you ultimately need is your bare hands. Here’s the definition of felt by the www.newworldencyclopedia.org:

  ‘Felt is a non-woven cloth that is produced by matting, condensing, and pressing fibers together. It is the oldest form of fabric known to humankind, predating weaving and knitting. It can be of any color and made into any shape or size.’

In so many cultures around the world, felt played a central role. That was...

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CAMERA BAG Felting Tutorial And New Online Shop

Feb 16, 2017

Hi!

I’ve just published a new video workshop to complete the series on small bags for gadgets. In this tutorial, you will learn how to felt sleeves for small gadgets, like compact cameras and smart phones. But the idea can also be applied to bags for eyeglasses, makeup, or even artist’s pencils or brushes.

It shows you how to
felt with a resist
• get completely straight edges without using scissors to cut them
• make a reversible piece (two colors)
• make a precise piece with a box shape

The workshop includes one PDF with a template for a camera bag, one PDF with a template for a smart phone, and 9 downloadable high-definition videos with very detailed step-by-step instructions. It also shows you how to make resists for exactly the gadget you want, because they vary so much in size.

I’m also very excited to share with you the fact that I’ve just opened a new online shop. Whereas on Etsy, you can find video and PDF tutorials, in my new...

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Have A Felting Workshop Customized For You

Feb 09, 2017

One year ago, I started building a site, created a YouTube channel, and put my imagination to work, to find a way to build a community around the love for felting.

In this process, I learnt a lot myself, and that is leading me to make some changes, because I want my work to be more in tune with what you’re looking for.

And the first change I would like to tell you about is the new possibility of having a workshop organized and customized for you.

How does it work?

Maybe you’d prefer having a private workshop, with a group of friends, instead of coming to one of the scheduled events.

Or maybe you have a shop or gallery, and would like to offer your customers the chance to have a customized felting workshop.

If that’s the case, contact me, and we’ll find a way to do what works for you.

Talk to you soon!

 

Há um ano atrás, comecei a construir um site, criei um canal no YouTube, e pus a imaginação a trabalhar para encontrar a...

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10 Tips For Better Results In Wet Felting

Feb 02, 2017

Wet felting for over 10 years and teaching wet felting workshops has made me very aware of the most common mistakes, that prevent you from getting the best results. So, I wanted to list them here, to help you avoid a lot of frustration, as well as wasting precious material and countless hours of work.

  1. Choose the right wool for your project

So, what’s the right wool to felt? The short answer to that question is that it depends on your project. This might sound vague, but you could write whole books just on wool. The good news is – depending on where you buy your supplies – you can normally get some information on what’s the right wool for wet felting, needle felting or for getting a more compact felt, for example.

An extremely important factor to consider is the wool’s thickness or width of the fiber. This depends on the sheep breads, the climate they live in (the warmer the climate, the thinner the wool) and it’s measured in microns. The lower...

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