Felting Sheets With Wool Batting – Basic shapes in wet felting


Welcome to the last video of this series.
This is what you’ll learn: the step-by-step process to make a sheet with wool batts, how to correctly cut a wool batt, how much water and soap to use and how to
get organic edges. So stay tuned. This is what you’ll need: plastic to cover your work surface, bubble wrap, a wool batt around twenty grams, soap, water and a towel, and a net to secure the wool in place. Here’s our wool batt. This is fine merino wool. Now we’re going to cut our wool batt, but this is not done with scissors, because scissores leave an even cut. If you look at the wool closely,
you’ll see the fibers run in one direction. So, first pull along the fibers
to get a long strip. Next, cut your strip in half. If the wool is too thick, divide it into two layers. In this case, I want to get four square layers for my project. Place the first one on the bubble wrap. See how the fibers run vertically? The
next layer will be horizontal. Notice how you don’t have to divide the wool
batt into smaller tufts. You just have to cut the wool in the size you want. To get the water onto my project I’m
going to use with rubber object, but I don’t know what it’s called. Sorry! You
can get it at some wool suppliers. I like to work with it because I find it gives
out exactly the right amount of water, and because it’s made of rubber, when I’m
working with hot water I don’t get my fingers burned. Put the net on the wool to secure it in
place. Next, I get the water on the wool by
getting my hands soapy and applying the soap to the wool. This also gets the air out of my wool layers. I keep adding water and soap until I see some foam. Notice how much more water this type of wool requires. Now you can start rubbing gently. In this phase
you shouldn’t apply too much pressure or your wool will move. Keep using gentle movements. Remember to lift your net every now and
again to ensure it doesn’t stick to the wool. And you can continue rubbing. This time I’m going for more organic edges instead of straight ones, so I’ll just work them with the tips of my fingers. Notice the edges shrinking? Now turn the piece and felt on the other
side. Remember to rub in all directions
because the felt shrinks in the direction you’re rubbing. So the first felting phase is ready. Now we
start fulling. Notice how much more water was in the wool? Now, I’ll squeeze and rub and role in all directions to shrink. If you’re working with a big piece this
rolling is done in a bamboo mat. See? The part that was on the outside is
all wavy. You can rub again to get a good square
shape. Now rinse the piece thoroughly and it’s
done. Here are the two flat felt pieces made with the different wool types. See how different it is to make a sheet with a wool batt? It’s easier to use wool batts in this case, because you don’t have the whole
work of layering the wool. The wool batts also tend to produce a more flexible
felt. On the other hand, wool tops produce wavier surfaces that may be more
interesting. But the choice is yours. Let me know how the experiment when and which type of wool you decided to use. I’d also love to know what you’ve done with the three shapes. Now, if you liked this video series, don’t forget to subscribe
to the channel and I’ll see you soon! Thanks for watching.

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