So many nice goodies. Nadya, our teacher, demoed a basic technique whilst we had coffee and croissants! Bliss. There seem to be two main ways to felt: needle felting with a hooked needle with which to interlock the fibres, or smooching them together with soap and water. The latter seemed more fun and hands on, so I went for that.
|Demonstrating rolling felt beads|
|A fellow student needle felting|
|Needle felted bee, made by another student|
First step is to choose your wool and colours. I tried to keep my colour palette simple, so I could embellish with glitter and small beads (which you can trap in the felt between the fibres).
|Light and fluffy before felting|
We worked on a rattan table mat, and trapped our wool between some netting to create a felting sandwich. After rubbing the soapy wool for five minutes, we washed the soap out and dried our pieces on the radiators.
|My work drying on the radiators!|
A versatile craft and one I really enjoyed. But will I be rushing out to buy felting wool? Probably not. It's not an expensive craft; Nadya explained you could buy a mixed bag of wool for £10, and we found that a little went a long way. So possibly in the future it would be fun to dabble and make a no-seam bag or hat. But for now I have to get my thinking cap on and decide how I am going to use my finished pieces!
|Pinks and purples|
|Reminiscent of grass or meadows, actually looks much nicer in real life!|
I'm thinking of making a couple of brooches and a bracelet, but any other ideas would be welcomed.