This week's blog was written by fiber artist Ammi Brooks of Ammi's Art.
Today I started my felting day with a beautiful piece of cotton from a recycled skirt.
I have it laid out on rubber matting (for grip purposes), bubble wrap and a layer of thin plastic. I used fine black Merino wool roving to cover the cotton. I wanted to make it wider so I added an extra six inches of wool. I use one layer of wool tuft on the cotton and two layers in a crisscross pattern on the extra six inches.
I use wool and nylon yarn for the fringe. The wool yarn sticks to the wool tufts but the nylon needs to be covered with a little wool to make sure it sticks.
My shawl is ready to decorate with pieces of recycled cotton skirts, raw silk and wool yarn.
I spray down the whole shawl.
I rolled up two dampened hand towels (they need to be heavy) and rolled them in the plastic.
After the wet down I cover with bubble wrap, add soap with my hands and rub down for 10 minutes to settle the design in place, then roll up.
At this time I could roll this back and forth up to 500-800 times. I chose to put it in the dryer (on air) for 10 minutes. I unroll it once to put the towels on the other end. Thump thump thump...I unroll and put the wet towels on the other end and do it again. This procedure is to push the fibers through the cotton.
After I determine that the fibers are pushed through the cotton want to shrink the whole scarf, this is called fulling.I can do this by dropping the scarf onto my table many many times. I do this for a while then I rub it continuously and vigorously until it is the size I want.
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A good tool!
If you noticed I added more fringe when I was done!
Felting is fun. Youtube has so many great free tutorials!