Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Velvet playtime

Wet-felting is a very magical process. Today during 'playtime' I decided to experiment with strips of velvet (thrifted, of course!) on rusty Corriedale wool to see what effect the differing shrinking rates would produce. The first photo is two layers of wool fibre overlaid with the strips of velvet, then fine cobwebs of contrasting wool are laid over the velvet. These will help fix the velvet to the underlying felt. Lastly a piece of net curtain is laid over the whole thing, wetted and soaped and given lots of rubbing. Fast forward 15 minutes of rub-a-dub-dubbing on the draining-board in every direction to shrink the felt, rinse out the soapy water and stand back and inspect the results. Quite pleasing for a first attempt - I like the way the velvet has runkled up and is peeping out of the wool cobweb.


Gunnels blog said...

It´s looks great!

ZudaGay said...

I think it is very lovely and I love the bumpies!!!

fontainefleurie said...

Hi, I'm from the Netherlands. I like wath you are doing. I just found you because I was looking about Janet Edmonds - I have bougth her book also. On my other blog www.dovadi.web-log.nl/fiberfusing you can see about my creative projects. Felt is one thing, but I like to experiment with all kind of fibers and textile. I will be one of your followers, greetings Dorie.