wet felting pARTy

i had a small pARTy last saturday afternoon, and we did some wet felting in the back yard. the number of attendees was small, and the amount of finished projects? even smaller. it turned out to be a beautiful day to be outside and chat, but not a great day for us to get a lot done.we did try, though!

wet felting pARTy
heather wanted to try making a bowl. first, we placed roving around the outside of a bowl.

wet felting pARTy
then we sprinkled it with hot, soapy water, and rubbed the fibers together with bubble wrap.

wet felting pARTy
we added more roving, which adhered, but didn’t really felt. but i like the looks of the bowl. here it’s drying upside down. update from heather: it’s dry, but floppy. anyone have any good ideas? 

wet felting pARTy
anna tried nuno felting: adding felt to silk. it was rough going, and involved a lot of bubble wrap friction.

wet felting pARTy
here’s where anna left the scarf. i really liked how it was coming along, but it took a lot of work to get there.

wet felting pARTy
i felted a couple of soaps. and heather and i felted a stone.i think wet felting is a tough one to do as a group. it takes a lot of work, and a lot of water, and on a nice day, it’s easy to get distracted. maybe once the weather cools down we’ll find the patience it takes to work with wool.

11 responses to “wet felting pARTy”

  1. Florcita says:

    Let’ s see…. the bowl, I would have done it with a flat resist instead of a bowl…it’ s much easier the other way. Attaching fibers on top of already felted fibres is very difficult because the first fibres already have the scales attached to something… they lay flat so to speak. You should lay all your fibres at once or not felt it in between each layer. If it’ s floppy it means that you need to felt loooots longer. For the look of the pic, although it looks really cool with all those colors, it’ s nowhere near felted. It’ s still on the first stage.
    Nuno felting is nice and should attach pretty easy. Maybe that is not pure silk or it has a very small mesh? …you know, where the fibres have to go through.or slippery surface? For nuno you start with COLD water and then increase the temp of the water. And you have to work it with your hands first, before you go into rolling mode…Excess of soap makes it difficult too.
    Soaps and stones shouldn’ t take too long to felt. You have to start felting really slow and soft. If you apply too much strength at the beginning the fibres go flat and don’ t felt. You can finish those off in the tumble dyer…(wet them first, rinse them and then the tumble dryer.

    Hey, it looks easy but it isn’t! hahaha seeseee!But as a norm, wet felting takes time, water and patience. I could make a tut for making bowls if you want… not a science…

    Good luck next time!

  2. Anna says:

    Patience is the right word and why, oh why didn’t we fly Florcita in for this? I think she’s right about the size of the mesh for mine. I know it was silk, but I think the weave was too tight and slippery.

  3. Anna says:

    All that said, I still had a good time and would try it again.

  4. heather says:

    Outside loose fibers on bowl didn’t stay, obviously, I took them off. Rest of “bowl” did felt, although flat. I think it was too thin, perhaps more layers needed? Was thinking I could take what I have and adhere it to a wooden bowl so it doesn’t go wasted. Tutorial might be nice — when I have a LOT more patience! Thanks for the day, Jen!

  5. Ayama says:

    looks you all had fun. :D

  6. Sonya says:

    Hot + Cold water. It’s the difference in temperature that is the most significant thing in getting a real hard felting. The friction and soap helps, but shocking it by dunking it in hot water, rubbing and lathering, then dunking it in the cold. Repeat.

  7. aimee says:

    oh, i wanted to come to that pARTy! (pout)

  8. aimee says:

    and i would use the floppy bowl as a hat!

    (by the way, i tried to post this immediately after the last one, but wordpress told me, “you are posting comments too quickly. slow down.”

  9. jackie says:

    But it all looks like so much wet, messy fun! The pictures make me think of kids, and hoses and sprinklers, and blowing bubbles. I hope Internal Gal didn’t scream at anyone too much, and that everyone just enjoyed the process and the company.

  10. simone says:

    Hi Jen
    I got together with a group of friends to have an overnight pARTy where we made wet-felted bags. It was great fun but the wine slowed things down a bit.
    I use bamboo mats to roll my felt – it mats the fibres together quicker than bubble wrap. My friends had never done it before and found it harder than they expected but everyone has a finished bag now….just!

  11. Lauren says:

    Hiya! When i make a bowl, i use a ball, any cheap plastic ball will do! then put it in a pair of tights! and throw it, roll it, bash it:) then it stays in a lovely round shape, and then cut it in half:)

    Great idea for a party!!!!

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