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Wet Felting is the process of connecting or blending wool, wool roving or fiber together to make a fabric. With Wet Felting, that is accomplished with water, water temperature fluctuation, soap and agitation.

Nuno felting is the process of melding loose wool fibers to sheer fabrics such as silk. The fibers can be felted to one or both sides of the fabric, or the fibers can be sandwiched between two layers of fabric.

I have always enjoyed art and art forms. Since retiring in 2008, I have experimented with and studied several different art forms. I started with metalsmithing and then I discovered fused glass, a fun way to experiment with glass art. With never a shortage of fusing techniques and materials, I loved the idea of being able to create beautiful and colorful pieces of wall art, sculptures, and table art.
In December 2015, I discovered felting. Immediately, I knew this art form was THE one! I fell in love with the blending of wool fibers with other types of natural fibers and textiles, and the resultant rich textures and organic designs.
Wet Felting, one of the felting methods that I use, is the process of connecting or blending wool, wool roving or fiber together to make a fabric. Wet Felting uses water, water temperature fluctuation, soap and some form of agitation to cause the fibers to open up and then bind together.
Nuno felting, also called laminated felting, is a wet felting technique. In Nuno felting, fibers are felted to a fabric. The fibers can be felted to one or both sides of the fabric, or the fibers can be sandwiched between two layers of fabric. Nuno is the perfect technique for making very flowy and lightweight wool shawls, scarves or even curtains.

I really like felting because it allows me to incorporate my love of color and much of what I learned in my previous years as a jewelry-maker and fused glass artist. The various colors and designs used in my fused glass art can be often seen duplicated in my felted projects. I often draw on my jewelry-making skills and techniques, as well, to embellish my felted items.

Since I stated felting, I learned to dye my own wool and silk. While researching the various fabric dying methods, I stumble upon eco printing.
Eco-printing is a technique where plants, leaves and flowers leave their shapes, color, and marks on fabric. Plant material bundled inside of cloth is steamed or boiled to release the dye found naturally inside the plant, creating a contact print in the shape of the leaf or flower used. These contact prints are referred to as “eco-prints.

In a previous life, I did a lot of sewing which always required the use of machines, paper patterns and sewing supplies. With felting, however, I get to see how the binding of wool and natural fibers results in fabric I made and often printed and not fabric I spent hours in a fabric store searching for. I can actually make scarves, shawls, hats, purses, tunics and other garments without ever touching a sewing machine, needle or pattern piece. All I need is wool, soap and water… and a great deal of elbow grease.

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