Felting 1: How to Felt Wool by Kollabora Follow

Felt is one of the oldest man-made fabrics. It's made when animal fibers, like wool, are joined together through friction. Nomadic Mongolians still use felt to line the frames of their yurts – check out this cool video that shows their traditional felt-making methods. 

Today there are many brands of commercially-processed felt available for purchase – but it's also easy to make your own using unspun wool roving, or yarn that's been knitted. This gives you more control over the pattern and thickness of the felt. 

There are two basic types of felting: wet felting, which uses very hot water, and dry felting, which uses thin, barbed needles to bind the wool fibers together. 

Skills

Needle Felting Basics


Needle Felting Basics

Here's an introduction to needle felting, which uses thin, barbed needles to create 3-D shapes...

Needle Felted Embellishments

Needle Felted Embellishments

You can use needle felting techniques to embellish anything with a wool surface (think: bags...

How to Felt Knitting in a Washing Machine

How to Felt Knitting in a Washing Machine

In order to felt a knitted project, you will need to knit the item using 100% wool yarn, and...

How to Felt Knitting by Hand

How to Felt Knitting by Hand

If you don't have access to a top-loading washing machine, you can still felt your knitted items...

Wet Felting Basics

Introduction to Wet Felting

You can create your own felt using unspun wool roving and hot water. By making your own felt...

Felting on a Resist

Felting on a Resist

You can felt wool over a mold, or resist, to create bags, hats, and pouches. Videos...

Nuno Felting

Nuno Felting

Nuno felting is a variation on wet felting that combines a thin fabric, like silk chiffon or...

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