Influencing Shape with Fiber Layout – Part 3

I have already shown two felt shapes I created with fiber layout and differential shrinkage. The last one is what I’m calling a “bonnet” shape.

I started again with the same circle template and Blue Face Leicester wool. The center is laid out radially but a smaller circumference was used. Then a circle of wool was added at the ends of the radial wool. Then another layer of radial wool was laid out. I used two layers of wool laid out in this manner. This one reminds me of making a ruffled scarf except it’s a circle.

Here is the wool after it is wet down. This one was felted in the same manner as the “bowl” that I showed you last week. I forgot to take the photos of the felting and fulling process. But I always worked along the length of the fibers to shrink the felt in the direction that the fiber was laid out.

Here is the “bonnet” after it’s finished. The photo on the right shows how I used a rubber band to hold the edge in place while it was drying.

And here are all three pieces. These are made with the same type and amount of wool, felted and fulled in the same way but because of the directional fiber layout and differential shrinkage, different shapes were achieved. I can see how these techniques would be very effective when you are creating felt where you want shrinkage to occur differently and you don’t want even shrinkage.

I’m not sure why I never really thought about this before but it makes perfect sense. I hope it helps some of you when you are trying to create a specific shape with felt.

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13 Responses to Influencing Shape with Fiber Layout – Part 3

  1. Anna Hartgroves says:

    Super interesting, thank you!

  2. annielynrosie says:

    Very interesting experiments Ruth – I like the bonnet!

  3. Chris says:

    Interesting experiments , I look forward to your posts.

  4. Very cool experiment. I like the bonnet and how you used the rubber band to get more rules,

  5. ruthlane says:

    Thanks Marilyn, the rubber band did definitely help to block the shape.

  6. pam says:

    Very interesting, thank you for sharing.

  7. Flextiles says:

    Great series of posts Ruth! I learned about differential shrinkage in a workshop with Lisa Klakulak, who takes it to extremes – really interesting technique.

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