There are two kinds of prefelt. One is needled prefelt. Commercial prefelt is done this way. It is needled just enough to hold together. I use this sometimes, it works very well. I get it in small pieces and by the yard from Dreamspin Fibers. http://www.dreamspinfibres.ca/ (shameless plug for a friend).
The second is wet felted and this is easy to make yourself. Lately that is what I have been doing. You layout your felt as usual but you stop when it is just holding together. Rinse it out carefully and let it dry. it is till fragile but strong enough to cut out shapes when you don’t want the fuzzy edges that traditional layout gives you. I have been making small pieces and some from the ends of some batts that are not big enough to do much with. They are very helpful when you want very definite shapes.
I don’t have any exact plans for them but they are very handy to have around.
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This is a good idea. I’ll keep this in mind, thank you
Thank you, glad to be a help Irene.
You can never have enough pre-felt! But it’s usually such a chore to get a pile done – your way seems painless (almost).
It was fairly painless. I bet I still won’t have the right colour.
good idea to do a job lot of prefelt – I must do the same some day, ali
it is a big job to get started but so much easier later.
Did you make an extra pile for each of us?
Sorry Ruth You will have to make your own. 🙂
I’ve made it a couple of times, it is good for patterns, if it was less effort, I’d do more 🙂
you need a dryer or a friend with a dryer. It doesn’t use heat so it doesn’t cost a lot to do. I have the room so I have an old one that doesn’t have heat anymore.
I find you can make pre-felt quite quickly using a felting rolling pin and just two layers of top. Lizseville@wordpress.com Principally Felt
cool, I am still looking for one of those cheap and close
That’s a great use of smaller bits of rovings. I usually make little pieces of pre-felt before working on a project, (like my wall hanging of Mount Coonowrin), but hadn’t thought about using up smaller pieces of wool tops. Thanks for the idea.
Glad to help. Your felt looks really nice but I couldn’t find the picture you mentioned.
Thanks! Here’s a link to the wall hanging – https://creativeexpressionoflife.wordpress.com/2013/03/