Sunday, December 23, 2007

Fulling Commercial Felt - Making a Hat and Scarf

Off the bolt, most commercial wool felt is flat and thinish. Most felt sold with the name wool felt is largly rayon or polyester with a bit of wool. The nicer feel and hand is the rayon. 20% wool 80% rayon is reasonable price - not cheap but not over $5o a yard like 100% wool felt. Created by a dry process - a loom full of barbed needles punches the fibers, enmeshing them with a compressed non-ravel fabric the result. This felt is a non-woven.

Washing it fulls it - makes the fibers shorter and fatter. Yep, shrinking it- but while smaller it is thicker, beefier. This is not the same as wet process feltmaking, but does give an end result that looks and feels more like labor intensive wet felting.

So at this time am playing around with shrinking commercial wool felt to create single layer items.

For the scarf, cut the shapes and hand sewed them onto a length of blue/black felt, then fulled them. The photo here shows the back of one side and the front of the other.

For the hat, put pieces of both of the colors of wool felt through the wash, then cut and sewed them together.
Then washed/fulled them once more.

There does not seem to be much difference in the final product. Both fulled to the same final stage, and not much difference in the look of the applique. It was a fun experiment however, and some good learning.

Now to decide what to do with this set. Offer it as a set, or each piece individually. Put them up on Etsy, send to Artist Mercantile, or at Grandma's Attic. Am leaning to trying them on Etsy. As always, opinions and comments welcome. Thanks for reading.


Weaver said...

beautiful, as usual!!

Jo Ann's has some 100% wool for 14.99 a yard (the last time I looked which was awhile ago, so it could have gone up). They only have a cream (natural) color but boy does it shrink and full up to a beefy piece. thanks for reminding me. Once this baby is born and I know if he/she is tolerant of wool, i'll need to get some for covers and a mattress pad.

Felicia said...

Merry Christmas :)

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

Happiest of Christmas to you and your family Jane!

Knitted Gems said...

I hope you had a Merry Christmas!

Thank you for your warm wishes. My Christmas was wonderful and exhausting and fun.

This hat and scarf are fantastic! I love the turquoise against the grey. And I love the fun circles.

Nikki said...

What a great looking piece. I am learning so much about felting these days. I never would have thought to purchase commercial felt. Specifically because of the sewing requirement. Sewing is not my forte - although I do much better with a needle and thread than I do with a sewing machine.

By the way, if you have the time, I would love some tips on how to sew a lining into a felt purse.

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

Happy Hatty New Year!

Nikki said...


You must be on vacation. I haven't seen any new posts from you. Hope all is well.

Happy New Year!

Glorious Hats said...

Oh oh, better get back on the ball, have really slacked on posting. Just the end of the year blahs and a creative slump and ..... suddenly finding it harder to put up anything. Thanks for your note and concern, it is a helpful kick start.

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

I was hoping you were just holiday blah. Wade in on some do-dad, and post!
Miss you!

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

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