|Great place to work!|
Not a tutorial, but just an idea of what is involved in wet-felting.
|Sogging wet wool.|
|Wet wool detail.|
Now follows lots of rolling the wool sandwich within the net curtains, in the bamboo blinds like a sushi-roll. I will have to do 100 rolls in 1 direction, turn the whole thing around several times, and keep counting the rolls.
|Soft ridge on the edges.|
Adding extra soap flakes, I "work" the edges that are starting to felt into ridges. Because I don't want ridges! I have to rub all around them, until they have smoothed out, and you can't see where the front and the back of the felting project melt together.
|No more rolling.|
When the wool fibres are warm, the microscopic scales on each individual fibre will open up and become entwined by the neighbouring fibres during friction. This causes the shrinking, and it is irreversible.
As I am sure you might have experienced, after you ( the reader) have taken your favourite jersey out of the washing machine, and found it was now 2 sizes too small....
|Removing the resist.|
Now I will gently chuck them onto the bamboo blind, this shocks the fibres and really shrinks it.
I want lots of shrinkage, to make the felt very dense and sturdy.
I keep re-heating and throwing harder.
|Cutting the windows.|
Still a little felting to soften and smooth those cut edges, and then I will throw the whole thing in the washing machine for a quick rinse and spin.
This actual felting process, (not the laying out of the wool) took a good 3 hours.
And I will show you some more in a following post. Till then!