As you know, wet felting has a long History. But it’s also true that some of the most incredible advancements only happened in the last decades.
After wet felting was rediscovered as a promising material for designers sometime in the 80s, people of all backgrounds have picked it up and reshaped it with fresh ideas.
We’re all incredibly lucky that some amazing creatives have explored this ancient technique and given it their own touch, adding other materials to wool, and fusing other textile techniques with felt.
I think we shouldn’t take this for granted, so I’m always interested in discovering who are the artists responsible for this rich world we now have at our fingertips.
One of these amazing artists is Polly Stirling. You might not know who she is. But I’m sure you know the technique she created. Polly is none other than the inventor of nuno felting.
Need I say anything else?
If you are interested in knowing how it all happened, here’s a...
Nuno felting is an extremely versatile technique, especially because it fuses two different materials with different qualities: wool and fabrics.
This alone allows us to create infinite combinations and play with texture, transparency, color, patterns, and variations of drapability. It’s even possible to apply other materials between the wool and the fabrics, in particular if you’re using transparent fabrics.
So, I wanted to show you some of my pieces, to give you concrete examples of how you can use nuno felting to play with all these possibilities in your own work, and hopefully spark some new ideas.
To make things easier, I’ve divided my pieces into 3 groups and talk about each one separately.
1. Examples of finer pieces, in which you use the fabric as a base and then apply wool just on some areas. Obviously, this is the variant that has more drapability and transparency. So, it’s particularly good for scarves and shawls, or blouses and dresses, as well as...
Over the past few weeks, we’ve been talking about nuno felting. I know that one challenge that often comes up is getting the wool to attach perfectly to the fabric. So, I’ve created a short video with my 3 most effective tips to ensure that wool and fabric will bond.
Choosing the right materials is crucial, but there are a couple of simple techniques that make a huge difference. These techniques are tried and tested in my own work, and I'm confident that, if you implement them, you’ll never have to worry about this problem again.
If you're following my Instagram account, you know that I've been sharing photos of my new baby items for some time :)
The idea of creating more felted pieces for kids has been on my mind for long. I just think it's the perfect medium for babies: soft wool and silk, natural non-toxic fibers, environmentally friendly materials, washable and long lasting products. Just perfect!
In the past I've created workshops on baby hats, play food and - one of my best sellers - baby booties. I wanted to expand this collection with more complex pieces that could also allow me to work with more advanced felting techniques. And that's what I've been preparing for the last couple of months: an online course on how to wet felt your baby's booties and jackets.
This is a 3-week, step-by-step video course, that walks you through all you need to know to felt your baby's booties and jackets in 3 different sizes, 3 design variations and 3 felting techniques. It includes:
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:
I often get questions about felting in the comment section of my YouTube channel. Yesterday, one came up that I thought deserved a longer answer. Since it’s a frequently asked question, it made sense to me to write a blog post on the topic.
Here’s what Kathleen McKinney wanted to know: “How do you know if you’ve felted and fulled enough? How do you know when an item is finished?”
As it’s often the case in wet felting, I have to start by saying that it depends on what you’re making.
The general answer would be “do the pinch test”. If you pinch the surface of your felt and the fibers don’t lift any more, that means your felt is ready (see video).
But there’s more to it than that, so let’s go into more details for different items:
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...
Today I’m here with the Q&A Sessions, something I haven’t done for quite some time.
This is where I go through all sorts of questions you have about wet felting.
So, if you have something on your mind that you haven’t been able to solve yet, drop me a line and tell me all about it.
For that, just scroll down to the end of any page on this site. Then click on “Contact” and let me know what’s troubling you. Your question might be selected for the next Q&A video!
Ok, so today I have a question from Audrey, who writes:
“I’ve a question for you and it’s about rolling and nuno felting. Is it really necessary to roll while fulling?
I really like the contact with my piece and am quite happy to spend more time massaging away, particularly when I do not have wool covering all the fabric.
I can understand rolling being preferable for a more layered piece, or larger piece to give a more even result.
Would love to...
There are thousands of ways you can decorate a wet felted project. Some just involve wool, others can include silk or other fabrics, as you know. This is then called Nuno felting. But today I bring you a sample that contains wool, silk and something else.
I wanted to show you an example of how you can use a transparent piece of silk to hold any type of synthetic material, that wouldn’t otherwise attach to wool. In this case, I’ll be using a pre-felt and a piece of white silk chiffon with the same size as the pre-felt. Alternatively, you can lay merino wool tops or batts, and use light gauze instead of silk.
TIP # 1 – USE LIGHT GAUZE INSTEAD OF SILK TO MAKE YOUR EXPERIMENTS CHEAPER
I’m also using circles of a synthetic golden fabric (that doesn’t attach to wool), but you can choose countless other materials like small beads or sequins, for example.
If you’re making a sample, please remember to measure the size of the wool now and after shrinkage....