Felting Methods

Wet-felting is the oldest form of felting

I use wet-felting in my work. It is the oldest form of felting.  Layers of wool fibre are pulled and overlapped vertically and horizontally. They are then agitated with hot, soapy water by rubbing until the scales of each fibre loosens.

Then it is rolled, when the fibres entangle to form a non-woven fabric, which shrinks and strengthens.  I use pure Marino wool, overlaid with Wensleydale and silk fibres.  I also explore the possibilities of non-traditional fibres such as hessian, which give a unique dimension to the pieces.

The creative possibilities are endless, combining colour and texture in the design process.  I see it as painting with fibre.

Siobhán

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