How I fell in love with prefelt.

Big discovery. If I use dyed prefelt as a base instead of silk (ala nuno felting), the process is much faster, more spontaneous and therefore much more fun for me. AND the result is a visually interesting, highly textured fabric that I can’t wait to cut up and sew. Look closely.

yummy texture 1

yummy texture 1

These are two different felted surfaces next to each other for contrast. You see pencil roving, merino fibers, bombyx silk (amazing stuff) and tiny felted balls called “nebs”. (hint: put your nebs in an old piece of socking to dye. Otherwise: neb chaos!) These were all dyed together with the underlying prefelt but took up the dye with enough variation that subtle lovely differences in value resulted.
Here’s my design wall with the four finished felt pieces. They look like pelts from a Dr. Seuss menagerie.

Four felted pelts

Four felted pelts

The third one in is nuno (base of silk gauze). You can see the more translucent open spaces that I have plans for…

By the way, I’m now a no-roll wet felter. Life’s too short.
I use a technique that uses a cool dryer instead. On a prefelt base, each piece was fully felted after 10-15 minutes in the dryer. If you wet felt and hate the rolling part, check this out:

One more close up:

Yummy texture 2

Yummy texture 2


4 Responses to “How I fell in love with prefelt.”

  1. Caitlin Says:

    That’s super cool looking! Glad you’re having fun with all the stuff you picked out in Easthampton! I bet it’s because it was weighed out perfectly. 😛

  2. nuvofelt Says:

    There’s nothing like felt for texture. Gorgeous.

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