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How To Felt A Ball With Wool Batts

May 19, 2016
 

Hi! I’m back with another video on the basics of wet felting. Now you’ll have the chance to compare felting a ball with wool tops (the last example I showed you) to felting it with wool batts. I personally find the batts easier to work with for this form. I’d love to know what your preferences are, so make sure you share on the comments.

There’ll be two other videos in this series and I’m already getting the next things on film. I’m starting a Q&A series, where you get to send me your questions about felting and I get to answer them. I have the first ones already, but I don’t wanna spoil the surprise.

So, if you’ve been having problems with your felting projects, just drop me an email and get your answer on video.

Talk to you soon!

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Felting Live In Lisbon

May 12, 2016

As you know, I’m developing video workshops, that you can download from the internet to learn at your own pace.

But the truth is some people do like to learn live and in company, so I’ve been looking locally for a nice place to do exactly that. And I’m happy to say I’ve found it! It’s right in the heart of Lisbon, in a charming atelier, where 8 women artists create the most amazing jewelry, illustrations, paintings, ceramics, and so much more.

Since summer’s nearly here, there aren’t any workshops scheduled for now. But I’m planning one workshop a month for after the summer. Check out the dates here.

 

Como sabe, tenho estado a criar workshops em vídeo, que podem ser descarregados da internet e lhe permitem aprender ao seu ritmo.

Mas, a verdade é que algumas pessoas preferem aprender ao vivo e em companhia. Por isso, tenho andado à procura de um local simpático em Lisboa para poder dar workshops. E,...

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“The Earth Laughs In Flowers”

May 06, 2016

Don’t you just love spring? And nothing says spring like daisies. Along with the beauty that comes with this time of year, I particularly love that feeling of renewal, like you get the chance to start life all over again.

So, having one of these rings on my finger kinda gives me a bit of that feeling. And I can put it on all year round. It’s a great antidote against grey weather And, of course, it’s a truly unique piece.

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How To Felt A Ball With Wool Tops

May 05, 2016
 

“The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” William Morris

So, what does this have anything to do with felt? Well, I believe the true secret for mastering any art or technique also lies in taking a genuine interest in all its details. I truly think you can’t expect to achieve big goals, if you’re not willing to look at the small things first.

And that’s why I’m back today with another video about the basic shapes in wet felting. This time I’m talking about how to wet felt a ball with wool tops.

Do you know

  • why you should work with really thin layers?
  • how to know the final size of the ball after shrinkage?
  • what’s the “bounce test”?

Watch the video to find out!

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The BUBBLE RING Felting Workshop - Now Available

May 03, 2016
 

This workshop shows you how to make the Bubble Ring, a seamless felted minimalist ring. Don't be fooled by its simple structure. There are a couple of tricks to get it right.

This video gives you all the details about the workshop. You can also visit my shop Going The Dodo Way for more information.

Enjoy!

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How To Felt A Cord With Wool Batts

Apr 21, 2016
 

Last time we looked at how to make a felt cord with a wool top. Today’s video shows you how different it is to felt it with a wool batt.

I find the first option easier but have a look and decide for yourself.

Here’s what you’ll learn in this video:

  • How to correctly cut a wool batt
  • How to get rid of creases when you’re felting with wool batts
  • How much water and soap to use

Enjoy!

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How To Felt A Cord With Wool Tops

Apr 07, 2016
 

Here´s the second video of the series about basic shapes in wet felting.

I’m starting with how to felt a cord with wool tops. This is what you can learn:

  • How to correctly cut a wool top
  • How to know the final thickness of the cord after shrinkage
  • How to felt the cord without getting cracks on it
  • How much water and soap to use

I also share some ideas on how you can use a felted cord.

Hope you enjoy it!

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Wet Felting Shapes - The Basics

Mar 24, 2016
 

Have you mastered the basic wet felting shapes?

When people approach me about learning to wet felt, they often tell me they’d like to make scarves and clothes, so they’re particularly interested in nuno felting.

But to get to nuno felting and other more demanding techniques, you have to be confident with the basics. In fact, in my workshops it often happens that people have problems making the advanced project they signed up for, because they’re actually lacking some of the basics.

So, what if achieving great results with wet felting was more about mastering the basics than about learning sophisticated techniques like nuno felting?

To solve many of the problems that show up in my workshops, I’ve created a 7-part video series. The videos will be released on Thursdays, every two weeks.

If you still have questions about the specific topic after watching the video, be sure to share them on the comments and I promise to answer them ASAP.

Here’s the first...

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Wet Felting Tips

Mar 10, 2016
 

Wet felting tips! This is the reason I created this blog :)

I started experimenting with wet felting in 2001. Since then, I’ve learnt a lot, developed my own felting style and started selling my work at designer shops, online and at crafts markets. And I’ve taught wet felting for over a decade.

I’d like to show you some of the basics of felting, along with wet felting tips and tricks to help you choose the right materials, and how to care for your felted pieces, so they’ll look beautiful for a very long time.

Now, some people fall in love with wet felting, but quickly give up on it because it seems so difficult. I know that the more advanced felting techniques can seem overwhelming, but I’m here to tell you that’s really not the case. All you need to do is to get to know wool well, so that you understand how the material behaves.

So, my goal is to give you information in digestible pieces, encourage you to practice to enable you to step into the...

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