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Sunday, January 1, 2012
Learn to Dry Felt
Once a month on The Welcome Mat we get a free pattern to have our way with.
This time we are going to step outside our boundaries a tiny bit.
In two weeks I'll be posting a video class on the Mat on how to dry felt or as it is sometimes called, needle felt. We will make a 3-D snowman/woman and while doing this you will develop all the skills you need to create any dry felted object.
You will need tools though, hence the two week wait.
You will need natural roving, don't get top, if you want a white snowman/woman. I encourage colour expression here so explore the possibilities with what you have on hand if you wish.
You will need orange roving or yarn or even wool felt or fabric for the nose and some black roving or yarn or fabric for coal.
You will need dry felting needles #38 stars or triangles get 6 in case they break. If you want a holder for the needles a pencil shaped one works best.
You will need a foam pad, pretty thick, at least 3 or 4 inches or a dry felting brush if you wish, I always use a foam pad.
To find these tools in Canada, you can go to Gemini Fibers and materials too.