Felting With Viscose Tops

Felting With Viscose Tops

I was tidying away some felt the other day and remembered that I’d planned to make some felt pieces like the textured nuno pieces I made, but with different fibres instead of fabric. I laid out a couple of pieces the same way, but different sizes. I laid out two layers of dyed viscose fibre, then 4 fine layers of 23 mic Merino. I felted and fulled the first piece, then got my bead board out to full it more. I fulled until it was quite firm, but not stiff/rigid:

I got the texture I was expecting:

Considering the textured nuno, I didn’t expect so much migration, probably because the soft/fine pieces I’ve fulled really hard with fibres before were using white 18.5mic Merino, I thought it’d be less obvious this time:

I changed my plans when I got to the felted stage of the first piece, it looked and felt so nice. So, I decided I would just felt the next piece ‘normally’. Even if I hadn’t already decided that, I don’t think I could have ‘ruined’ this piece by fulling it lots:

The colours and the sheen are just gorgeous, so is the softness and drape, even though it’s only a small sample:

Those ridges/crinkles are because I squeezed it in a towel, then hung on the line to dry! If you look at the blue parts you might see a crease along the edge too, it’s such a light piece, the pegs weighed it down and bent it. Here’s a close up:

You can see the differences in sheen and texture when the pieces are next to each other:

This is the soft piece on the template I used, it started out just a bit bigger than the small box it’s on top of:

And the small piece started out the size of the largest outline on the template:

And yep, those are the same template!

11 thoughts on “Felting With Viscose Tops

    1. Me too, it reminds me of sweet wrappers or the foil from old cigarette packets ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Ha ha, I like that, it should be a thing: on a scale of ‘fulled softly’ to ‘fulled the heck out of’ ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Shrinkage is crazy sometimes, isn’t it? Just goes to show that less wool really does cause more shrinkage and what a great example you have here! Wish I could touch them as they look really soft.

    1. Yeah, I’m so glad I did the ‘plain’ one first, and it was the nicer one I decided to just felt/full normally. I’m glad I didn’t roll it in the towel, but scrunched it, I think the crinkley look shows its softness too.

    1. Ha ha ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a lot easier to full a thin piece a lot than a thick piece!

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