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The technique of making felt is older than weaving and knitting. In addition to being used for industrial purposes, this material is popular with fashion and textile designers due to its ecological properties and adaptation to various creative ideas. Designers of textiles and creative things made of felt use the technique of wet felting, which can be used to make various decorative and usable items (hat, bag, bowl, mobile phone case, etc.). With a little practice and imagination, you can realize everything you imagine with this technique.
The beginning is the most important
Needed for the wet felting process: wool fibers, soap, water, crackling foil, towel or old cloth, mesh or tulle, wrapping foil (for cut or shape). The wool fibers are evenly arranged on the uneven side of the crackling foil. First one layer of vertically oriented fibers then a layer of horizontally oriented fibers. By practicing, you get a sense of the thickness of the layers depending on the item you are making. Then place a cut piece of foil (corresponding to the object you are making). Repeat the process of sorting the fibers through it. The cut part should eventually be tucked in and trapped between the layers of wool.
Arranged layers of wool should be covered with tulle. Then moisten with soap and water. Rub water and soap lightly with your hand. The pressure of the palms and fingers gradually increases. Wool under the influence of friction begins to work and gathers around the cut foil. When the material is nicely shaped according to the cut, an opening is made and the foil is taken out. Continue the procedure by wrapping the object in crackling foil and a towel. It is rolled back and forth 40 times. Then unroll and turn 90 degrees. The subject is rolled again and the rolling process is repeated. This procedure is repeated a total of four times. After each rolling, turn the object (which you are making) by a quarter of a circle. Eventually it will be processed evenly on all sides. During this process, if necessary, warm water with soap is added (in the phases between rolling or wrapping and rolling).