I went for my walk this week to visit my friend with my emergency rice-pudding cake. On the way my other friend and I decided to collect the wool which we kept discovering caught on thistles and hedges. This was a successful venture and we collected far more raw wool than we initially expected.
I decided that this was my opportunity to card and comb my own wool, dye it and then make my own felt from scratch.
Feeling ambitious I did some research and decided on the steps I was going to take.
1) I knew I needed to clean the wool first. This would involve washing and removing any stray pieces of straw or thistle that had got into the wool. I got advice from this website on the best way to wash wool before combing.
The steps of cleaning the wool: I placed the wool in my clean crafting bucket along with warm (not boiling) water. I had also dissolved the remainder of a bar of gentle strawberry soap in the water before adding the wool. Then I left this overnight to soak.
I changed the water that was filthy 3 times before splitting the wool into four smaller batches. These batches were soaked again until the water was clear.
Once the water was clear excess water was gently squeezed from the wool. The wool was then laid -out on a towel to dry.
After the wool had partially dried I began to tease it (pull it apart) to prevent unwanted felting.
Other useful sites
- Quick Needle Felting Tutorial (thecounsils.wordpress.com)
- More Preparation (josiecreates.wordpress.com)
- How to Make Felt (sfelthandmade.wordpress.com)
- Making Felt (theclinicngaio.wordpress.com)