Dimensional Felting with Prefelt

I tried another experiment with dimensional felting with prefelt. You can see my other experiments here and here. This one I decided to use an already made prefelt and then just cut it to fit the shape.

I started with the resist shape shown above. I covered the resist with a thin layer of red wool. I laid the wool so that it wrapped around the long edge of the resist.

I then cut out the prefelt to fit the resist shape. I think I would have preferred making the prefelt over the same shaped resist as the edges and curves had to be cut more than I wanted and there were more edges to deal with when felting. Next time, I also would make the center prefelt shape a bit shorter and the end pieces longer.

I then rubbed and rubbed to get the red and the brown wool to felt together and to felt the edges down carefully. I then cut out the resist along the red edge and finished felting and fulling.

And here’s he final shape that I ended up with. The colors in the above photos are more true than the in process photos. It is definitely red as opposed to orange. These experiments have been a fun learning process. I have found the most important thing to remember is to make the prefelt thick, perhaps 3-4 times thicker than the underlying support wool layer. Now to figure out some more shapes that will be interesting to try.

About ruthlane

When I discovered felting in 2007, I finally found the creative outlet for which I had been searching. I love that the versatility of fiber allows me to “play” with a wide variety of materials including wool, silk, fabrics, yarns and threads. Creating one of a kind fiber art pieces to share with the world fulfills my creative passion.
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6 Responses to Dimensional Felting with Prefelt

  1. tesivaara says:

    Razor clam?? Fascinating how you can make these shapes using wool.

    • ruthlane says:

      Thanks Tesi, yes, it is interesting how the shapes develop with this process. I am having fun experimenting and shells are definitely a good inspiration for different shapes.

  2. annielynrosie says:

    Amazing transformation of wool fibres! Interesting process Ruth and it definitely looks like a shell.

  3. That’s certainly an interesting process and shape. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to seeing the next one.

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