I was introduced to felting last fall when I took a class from Rosemary at the Rabbitstick Rendezvous and made a hat….. It’s a ton of fun!
With shearing season coming up (generally sheep are shorn early spring) I thought it would be fun to do an episode about a craft that would allow you to take advantage of the raw wool that is about to come available. Keep an eye out over the next few weeks and you may be able to get your hands on some wool for your next project!
Rosemary primarily teaches hat making, but we discuss the basic fundamentals of felting in general so that you have a base understanding that you can apply to whatever project you have in mind.
In this episode we cover things like wool selection, storing wool properly, washing (or the lack thereof), straightening out the wool (carding/picking), laying out your pattern, what needs to happen during the felting process and how you know when to move on to the next step, and of course some history of the craft and what types of things it was traditionally used for. Take a listen, I think you’ll enjoy it!
Scandinavian-Style Feltmaking by Patricia Spark
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