In Part 1, we learned about what felting is and which fibers felt the best. Now it’s time for the fun part … how to felt!
It is important to remember that, since felting is when fibers condense and bind together, this means the size of your project will also shrink in size once felted. Because of this, it is important to have worked up a gauge swatch before beginning a felting project. In the next post, we will go more into how to do this and how to determine what your project’s pre-felted measurements should be.
There are really only three things you need to felt your item: hot water, a little soap, and agitation. You can do it by hand or in the washing machine. If the piece isn’t too large, I usually just do it by hand because I feel like I have more control over the piece that way. and I actually think it is kind of fun to watch it transform. But the machine method is definitely faster and involves less “hands on” time.
Next up … making a test swatch.