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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!

Fox Sheep Wool

Fox Sheep Wool

I ordered a lot of ‘new to me’ wool from wollknoll recently. I still haven’t had chance to open all the bags and look at them, but I did get a chance to look at a few the other day and make some batts. One of them was listed as ‘Fox Sheep wool‘. I’m guessing it is ‘Coburg Fox Sheep‘. I ordered this as ‘fleece’, which comes as pieces of a carded batt. This what mine looked like:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is a close up:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd this is what it looked like after I made a batt:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI made a sample about 10 x 10″ and added some black viscope tops:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn the top half I added fluffed/mussed up viscose in various thicknesses and also laid it criss-cross in a couple of places:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn the bottom half, I fanned out the viscose tops:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is a close up of the middle on the bottom:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd this is the middle of the top:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhenever I’ve used black viscose it reminds me of ‘bubble painting’ – mixing washing up liquid with kids’ ready mix paint and bubbling it up with straws- but these middle parts remind me of seaweed 🙂 This is a close up of a part where I lay the viscose criss cross:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is what the whole piece looks like on the back:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI suppose a good description of it would be spongey, but it really looks ‘frothy’ to me!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe staple length was really short and being so springy, it wasn’t easy to get a nice even felt with just a couple of layers as you can see when I hold it up to the window:

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