Felting on Linen : a Tutorial or Experiment in Fiber Art
Have you ever had a moment when you wanted desperately to combine two of your favorite things and make something twice as wonderful. I have been wanting to combine felt making and linen for a very long time but finally got the chance to experiment with this on Sunday. I did a google search and could not find anything on the subject. I have felted onto wool, silk and organza before but never linen or cotton. I will lead you through the process and you can see for yourself the result of my little experiment and draw your own conclusions about its success.
What you will need if you decide to experiment yourself will be natural linen , wool roving ( I used the wool sent to me by Maria ) , some handspun or commercial wool yarn, bubble wrap, a spray bottle with hot water and a little liquid soap, a thick wooden dowel is helpful but not necessary.
Step 1 : Lay two pieces of bubble wrap on your working surface about 2 inches longer and wider than the piece of linen that you will be felting on.
Step 2: With your wool roving you have chosen. Tease apart little whisps and lay them on the fabric in whatever pattern you want. Then lay the wool yarn on top of this.
Step 3: Lay the piece of linen over this .
Step 4: Make another pattern with teased whisps of roving on the surface of the linen.
Step 5: Spray the surface with the hot soapy water.
Step 6: Cover the surface with another layer of bubble wrap.
Step 7: Take a wooden dowel or just role it up without one . This is the fun part . All you need to do is roll it back and forth for a few minutes on a hard surface. Unroll it and then roll it up again in the other direction ( ie widthwise and then lengthwise) . Put on some good rolling music and continue to alternate rolling direction for at least 4 times in each direction.
Step 8: If your experiment worked the wool will be adhered to the surface of the linen and you can now rinse off the soap with some hot water from the tap , gently squeezing the fabric .
Step 9: Hang your fabric to dry.
Step 10: Enjoy the result of your experiment as it is or use this beautiful fabric to make something like a pillow or bag. I haven't decided what I will do with mine yet but I love how it turned out. I am going to make a linen felted scarf using this method next time.
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