Making Felt From Wool Batts

| 1/6/2015 8:29:00 AM

TracyI have fallen completely in love with the fiber world. Aside from spinning, my new favorite craft is felting. It takes some time and muscle, but it's also very forgiving. Anybody you talk to in the fiber world will tell you there are no mistakes. Just own whatever comes out, and everybody will believe you "meant to do that."

St. Distaff's Day is January 7. This is the day the women of the family traditionally return to their spinning and other fiber tasks. This means FIBER SHOWS! (Local spinners, weavers, and knitters guilds usually host these events, and you should be able to find one near you.) Fiber shows mean school cafeterias full of raw fiber, batts, roving, dyes, yarn ... anything a fiber artist could want.

To make your own felt, you need to start with wool batts. Batts are bundles of fiber that have been combed into the same direction. This is some alpaca I carded, but wool will look very similar. I love the natural colors, but batts can be found in an color you could want.

Fiber Batt 

Once you have your wool batt, the rest of your materials are really easy to find. Ready to give it a try? Let's do it!

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