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Felt Making

Felt Making

Felt can be created with the minimum of tools using the wet felting method. The tools in this section have been selected to help the felt maker speed up the process and to explore the different felt making techniques.

The barbed felting needles can be pushed into the fibre mass and when they are pulled back out the barbs hook onto some of the fibres which are then pushed back into a different place in the fibre mass. Repetition of this process means that the surface of fibres becomes knotted and with practice the technique can be used to sculpt shapes such as faces or animals. These felting needles are available in packs of 10 in 25 gauge and 38 gauge. The 25 gauge is for general felting and shaping for British wools and the 38 gauge is for finer fibre and detailed shaping.

Hollow forms can be created using a former or resist between layers of fibre. A simple bag shape or slipper can be made using a plastic bag or bubble wrap and larger items can be created using a plastic bowl or a stone. The Hat Shapers, which are available in a choice of styles, are made from a firm, robust heat-resistant plastic and can be used as hat blocks for making felt hats. There are a selection of books available from this website which provide detailed instructions on how to get started with making felt and the internet provides a huge resource on the various techniques.

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