"Filzen: Alte Tradition, Modernes Handwerk" (German version)
"Felt: New Directions for an Ancient Craft" (English version)
by Gunilla Paetau Sjöberg
This might be the best book about wet felting I have. And I do have many
It’s over 20 years old, it doesn’t have amazing photos and it has a lot of text. So, it might not be the first book to grab your attention when you look at my bookshelf.
I have it in German, but there’s also an English version.
So then, what makes it so special?
I think it’s the most complete wet felting book I’ve ever seen. I could call it a felting encyclopedia.
Let’s have a look inside, so that you can see what I mean.
It starts with an incredibly complete History of felt and it covers different felting traditions found in Europe and Asia: from hat making in Hungary and shepherd coats in Turkey, to the felt masks worn by the Vikings, and socks and shoes made in Sweden, Norway, and Finland.
It then dives into felting...
Did you learn to felt 3D objects by laying out the wool around the whole resist? I did. And so did most felt makers. And it’s probably the easiest method to follow when you’re starting out and still don’t feel confident enough to try a more complex layout method. It works perfectly for round vessels for example.
But here’s an issue that showed up for me when I was only working with “closed” felt pieces: how do I add handles to a bag when I have a closed felt shape? That was a tricky one to solve…
This was the moment I decided it was time to try felting around a resist without closing the felt. And that’s when I finally found the solution to adding perfect handles to my bags!
But, in this process, I discovered something else. I found out that the edges of my felt looked waaaay better than when I had to cut them and heal the cuts.
How many times have you cut your felt, tried to heal the cut, and one (or more) of these things happened?...
Just wanted to let you know you can enroll for the Wet Felted Hats Masterclass from May 15th to May 19th.
The course will start May 22nd and will have a duration of 8 weeks.
If you've been wanting to improve your hat felting skills, stay tuned for the details tomorrow :)
As you might know, I created a new course recently: the Wet Felted Hats Masterclass for all of you who’d like to refine your hat making skills.
There was a first edition in February/March, which I launched as a test course. I had built a base structure and invited people to join as Founding Members to help me fully develop the best class possible. So, it grew considerably, since I added new modules, videos and other resources. And now it’s ready for the second edition.
The enrollment will start in a few days, so I wanted to let you know what the Masterclass now looks like.
This next edition will include a total of 9 modules, walking you through:
When I first started wet felting, there where no YouTube videos and barely any books on the subject. I bought everything I could get my hands on and started experimenting. But most things on the market were very simple. So, for the most part, I learnt through trial and error.
One of the topics that nobody was going into in detail was the correct laying of the wool fibers. And, as I see it, that’s probably the most important thing you can learn about in wet felting. Sure, you do get felt no matter how well you lay your wool. But how good is your felt then?
This becomes more important if your piece needs a fair amount of shaping or if you’re making clothes, which need to adapt to your body.
So, what is the correct way to lay wool fibers?
First of all, wool for wet felting should be laid according to the shape of the piece. Let me use the example of a circular piece, like a beret. Would you lay your wool like this?
Well, you could. As I was saying, you will get a...
After nearly 4 weeks of the Wet Felted Hats Masterclass, the course has grown considerably.
I’ve been creating short online felting courses since 2016 but planning a masterclass with the goal to cover all the possible challenges you might have when felting a classic hat, drawing patterns with the right measures, and expanding beyond the hats in the course is an entirely different story.
In short, I had never done anything this big. So, I knew it would be a challenge for me. But I love challenges…
This is also the reason it made sense to make it a sort of a “trial” edition: the members invest considerably less than they would in the regular edition, and they get to help me finish building the course. And they know they had a big role to play in the final product.
I have to admit I felt a bit nervous at first. I’m a perfectionist, so I don’t feel comfortable delivering an “unfinished” product. But I’m so happy I decided to do...
The cart is now open for the SPECIAL EDITION of the Wet Felted Hats Masterclass.
If you're interested in becoming a FOUNDING MEMBER, it's as easy as clicking the image below. It will take you to a page with all the information about the course. Just follow the instructions from there.
With this edition of the Masterclass you'll get:
I'll be asking you to:
If you think this is something that might interest you, you'll have to act fast, since:
Coming to you from a locked down Lisbon. Can’t lie. Not feeling great. And I’m guessing you may not be feeling great either.
But it’s time to… I nearly said ‘react’. Instead, it’s time to act. I’ve started going for a jog in the morning again. And I’m slowly getting back to a routine, as normal as possible.
Meanwhile, I’ve been working on something that I promised you a long time ago: the Wet Felted Hats Masterclass. It’s ready and I’m now testing all the connections and technical stuff that must be in place to make things work smoothly. If you haven’t had the chance to see what it’s about, here’s the link to check it out.
If all the tests I’m doing go well (and I’m expecting they do), it’ll be available for you to buy from January 30th (next Saturday) to February 5th. The course will then be accessible from February 6th and...
You plan the piece you want to make.
You draw and cut the resist.
You lay your wool.
Everything is going great, but when you start fulling, your felt just seems to be stuck. Somehow the wool just doesn’t seem to become compact. In fact, nothing seems to happen.
You’ve been felting for hours and you feel tired. What started out as fun is now getting on your nerves. So, you decide to stop.
But then you ask yourself:
WHAT HAPPENS TO MY PROJECT IF I STOP NOW?
IS MY PIECE RUINED?
SHOULD I JUST LEAVE IT ON THE TABLE LIKE THIS? (I ACTUALLY NEED THE TABLE!)
I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT WENT WRONG!
Do you recognize the scenario? It’s happened to me dozens of times. The difference when it happens now is that I know exactly what to do.
So – because I suspect it’s happened to you too – I wanted to bring you a couple of tips today on what to do.
Let’s start with “what went wrong”
Well, felting is a physical but also a chemical process. That...
As I have been talking about for some time, I’m working on a masterclass about hats.
Deciding what hats to teach about was a hard task. It’s a topic that really allows you to explore your creativity. There’s no end to what you can do with felted hats. But I decided to go for the classics. I bet I’ll come back to the hats subject to explore it further, but the classics are a great way to start. They give you the basics that you can build upon later.
So, that means I’ve been working on the following hat types: the beret (of course), the cloche (also fundamental), the fedora (an imperative), the bowler and the floppy wide brim hat. I’m really excited about this masterclass and I’m having trouble keeping quiet about this
So, I wanted to show you some photos of the finished pieces.
One pattern, three hats
I’ve already filmed the part of the...