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First Time Felting: The Absolute Beginner's Guide - Learn By Doing * Step-by-Step Basics + Projects (First Time, 11) Paperback – Illustrated, September 3, 2019
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Felting is an ancient technique, but it is quite versatile and is flourishing in the twenty-first century. When I first began felting, I started with needle felting. I soon began searching online for more information about my new craft. I found numerous sites with information about felting and tutorials that encouraged me to begin experimenting with wet felting and nuno felting. The first time I made a piece of wet felt, I was completely amazed by the process. By starting with a pile of wool and adding soap, water, and a little elbow grease, it turned into a piece of fabric which I had made myself. I was hooked.
First Time Felting
Felting needles can be used in many ways, including sculpting wool into three-dimensional shapes or figures and making two-dimensional wool paintings and can be used in combination with wet felting. A wet-felted piece can be shaped using needle felting; fine details can be added or embellishments can be secured in place before wet felting. Repairing wet-felting trouble spots is another function that felting needles perform well. Needle felting strengthens seams and joins; more wool can be needled to cover thin spots or holes; and wool socks can even be repaired with a felting needle.
Master the basic techniques of needle felting and then begin exploring the endless possibilities of how wool can be shaped with a barbed needle. The opportunities to create with wool are limited only by your imagination.
The techniques shown here can be combined in different sequences to achieve different effects. Experiment with the basics and find out what works best for you. Needle felting is a forgiving craft because wool can be added or even taken away if it hasn’t been needled in too tightly. Play with the wool and see where it takes you.
Wet and Nuno Felting
Wet felting is a fairly simple and straightforward process. The versatility of wet felting allows you to make anything, from a simple square of felt up to a complex, seamless felt garment. The possibilities are endless.
Nuno felting, sometimes called laminate felting, is a relatively new type of felting invented by Polly Stirling and Sachiko Kotaka in 1994. In their experimentations with felting, Polly and Sachiko sought a way to make a lighter-weight felt for the subtropical climate of Australia. By combining a loosely woven fabric and felting in a layer of wool, nuno felting was born. Nuno, which is the Japanese word for “cloth,” is made by the wool fibers migrating through the weave of the fabric to form an entirely new material.
Project: Using an Armature
An armature is a framework of wire that serves to support the wool in a needle-felted sculpture by providing sturdiness to the finished pieces and allowing for bendable appendages. An armature is not always necessary. Try making a figure with an armature and without to determine which method works best for the specific project.
About the Author
Ruth Lane is a self-taught fiber artist who loves to create one-of-a-kind fiber art pieces and play with a wide variety of materials, including wool, silk, fabrics, yarns, and threads. She is also the author of the book Complete Photo Guide to Felting and has taught and written tutorials about a variety of feltmaking techniques, including basic wet felting, nuno felting, and making 3D felt objects using a resist. A long-time member of the Felting Forum, an online forum of 2,500 feltmakers from around the world, she also blogs about felting and other fiber arts at permutationsinfiber.wordpress.com. Ruth co-owns a fine craft gallery, The Purple Pomegranate, which represents more than 180 American artists whose work includes jewelry, ceramics, metalwork, mixed media, woodworking, glass, fiber, prints, and paintings. She lives in Kalispell, Montana.
- Publisher : Quarry Books; Illustrated edition (September 3, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 128 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1631598031
- ISBN-13 : 978-1631598036
- Item Weight : 15.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.6 x 0.6 x 11 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #418,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The projects are not step-by-step but rather concentrate on the techniques which I think is best way to learn. If you are considering venturing into the world of needle felting, I recommend this book.