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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.


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


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!


(Photo by Fabrice Ziegler)


Há um ano atrás, comecei a construir um site, criei um canal no YouTube, e pus 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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How To Make FELT GLOVES - Now Available

Jan 26, 2017


How about learning to felt a pair of gloves, that you can make in any size and color you want?

Plus, you can decorate them with any felted pattern, embroider them or sew lace, buttons, crochet flowers or anything else you’d like to play with, to really make them your own!

In this workshop, I’ll be showing you how to do exactly that. You’ll learn to make a pair of gloves in two different colors and apply curls on them. I’ll also show you how you can make your own pattern for any size you want.

The complete workshop is available at my Etsy shop. You’ll get 9 downloadable HD videos, and a PDF with the template, all of which you can save onto your computer, to return to any time you want.

Check out the introduction!

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Where I Buy My Felting Supplies

Jan 18, 2017


I’m often asked where I buy my felting supplies, because it’s not always easy to find a good variety at local shops.

I also know that specific felting supplies is one of the topics I want to talk more about in the near future. So, I’ve created a new video series, called ‘Felting Infos‘, designed to help you with any questions regarding this topic.

In this first video I’ll go through the suppliers I buy from and why I’ve chosen them.

I hope this video is useful and I’d like to invite you to share any other information you have on good online shops, that can be helpful for feltmakers looking for new suppliers.

And if you happen to have any questions on this (like what soap to use, hot water VS cold water, …), send them to me or mention them in the comments, and I’ll answer them in one of my next videos.

See you soon!

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Felt BABY BOOTIES Workshop - Now Available

Jan 12, 2017

How would you like to felt your own baby shoes? Because, not only are they completely customizable and made with your own hands, but they’re also made from the biodegradable and renewable material that is wool.

If this sounds good to you, here’s the chance to learn how to felt baby boots is three different sizes: newborn to 3 months, 3 to 6 months, and 6 to 9 months.

This is an intermediate level workshop, so you should have some experience and feel confident with the wool already.

You’ll be felting around a resist, and the project should take you about 2 hours to complete.

You’ll need the usual equipment to wet felt, plus a wool batt and a wool top in your preferred colors (around 50 grams each).

With this workshop you’ll get 7 downloadable high definition videos, and a PDF with the templates, all of which you can save onto your computer, and return back to any time you want.

Check out the introduction below, and, if you enjoy the video, please share...

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Live Workshops Coming Up

Jan 04, 2017


You’ve been asking what’s coming up in terms of felting workshops. There’s a lot scheduled for the first quarter of 2017, so I thought it could be helpful if I just outline it here, so that you can start thinking about what you’d like to do.

Workshops at PANDO (Graça – Lisbon):

  • 28th January, 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm – Wet Felting with a Resist: Gloves & Slippers – 50€
  • 25th February, 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm – Wet Felting with a Resist: Bags for Gadgets – 50€
  • 25th March, 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm – Mixed Technique: Jewelry – 50€

You can sign up for these workshops directly by me.

Workshops at the Museum (Alcântara – Lisbon):

  • 21st January, 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm – Wet Felting with a Resist: Gloves & Slippers – 50€
  • 1st February, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm – Wet Felting: Introduction – 40€
  • 8th February, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm – Wet Felting with a Resist: Bags for...
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3 Easy Steps To Make A Resist For A Felted Cloche

Dec 15, 2016


A couple of weeks ago, while I was teaching a workshop about hats in Lisbon, I promised to make a short PDF on how to determine the size of a resist for a felted hat, because that kind of information is easy to forget after some time.

I ended up getting carried away and making a video on the subject. So I wanted to share it with you as well. It’s a very short video workshop, that shows you how to make a resist in the right size for a wet felted cloche – in 3 easy steps:

  1. Measure the head
  2. Determine the shrinkage of the wool
  3. Draw the pattern and transfer it to the material for the resist.

If you’re looking for more details on how to determine the wool shrinkage, check out the video I made on it. And there’s also a lot more on the possible materials for a resist on another short online workshop.

I hope you enjoy these and share them with your creative friends!

You’ll probably be busy with all the preparations for Christmas and New Year’s...

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A Bag With Nuno Felt - The NEW LAMINATION Technique

Dec 08, 2016


Today I’ve got something really special for you.

I’ve been talking about it for a while, but, for some strange reason, it’s a project that took me a long time to finish. Anyway, now it’s ready and available on etsy, and it’s a new video workshop.

But it has a particular meaning to me, because I’ve come up with a NEW TECHNIQUE that solved a problem I had, so it can solve a problem you probably have too.

I’ve combined a couple of techniques that make it possible to attach a difficult fabric onto the wool, when you can’t get it to attach with the normal nuno felting technique. If you’ve ever felted with difficult fabrics, you know what I’m talking about.

So, as you can see, it’s not ‘just another workshop’. Check out the video below and tell me what you think!

If you’re living or travelling to Lisbon in the next couple of months (I hope so, because Lisbon is a very cool city, and you’d...

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