What is wet felting technique?

What is wet felting technique?

Wet felting can be defined as the process of continually rubbing wool fibers together with mild soap and warm water to form a firm, felted object,” and is often better for beginner felters to learn before they start needle felting because it does not involve any sharp objects.

What is the difference between nuno felting and wet felting?

In a nutshell: Wet felting is the process of combining layers of wool roving and/or wool yarns into one flat piece of felt fabric. This is what folks think about as the traditional or oldest felting method. Nuno felting is the process of felting wool roving and/or wool yarns onto another fabric.

What supplies are needed for wet felting?


  • a sheet of bubble wrap, larger than the size of your project.
  • a towel, larger than the size of your project.
  • netting or tulle, larger than the size of your project.
  • assorted colors of wool roving.
  • a spray bottle.
  • a large wooden dowel, rolling pin, or piece of firm pool noodle.
  • soap.
  • two elastic pieces.

What are the 3 main conditions for felting?

There are three elements required to make felt, these are water, agitation and heat. The felting process works best in a slightly alkaline liquid and soap or detergent is all that is required to create this condition.

What’s the difference between wet and dry felting?

Wet felting uses water, soap and agitation to interlock and compact wool fibres together, needle felting uses barbed needles to stab and tangle the wool fibres together, and Nuno felting bonds wool fibres to sheer fabric, usually silk to make a lightweight felted fabric. Needle felting is also known as dry felting.

What is cobweb felting?

What is Cobweb Felting? Just like the name suggests, Cobweb Felting creates a felted fabric with a ‘cobwebby’ texture. Meaning, that instead of a thick sheet of felted wool, a cobweb felted scarf is light and airy with thin areas and even holes.

Why do I keep breaking my felting needles?

Breaking Felting Needles. If you see the tip of your felting needle bow or bend as you are poking into your piece, this is an indicator that you are applying sideways pressure to your felting needle & it will snap. You can poke in & out at any angle as long as the tip of your felting needle stays straight.

Can I wet felt without bubble wrap?

Felting mats As an alternative to bubble wrap, I recommend using a solar pool cover and/or a large bamboo blind for the more serious felter. Solar pool covers are much more durable and have UV protection too. Consequently, they are safe to dry in the sun without the risk of breaking down over time.

What is the best soap for wet felting?

Soap. You can use liquid dish washer soap, soap bars or soap flakes. Dish soap is good for making 3D stuff like balls since it is dissolved in the water and you use the soapy water to work with. Although, many people complain that dish detergent makes their hands dry and cracky.

What are the methods of felting?

There are three main felting methods:

  • Wet felting. Hot water, sometimes with added soap, is sprayed onto layers of wool, while repeated agitation and compression causes the fibres of the wool to hook and weave together into a single piece of fabric.
  • Needle felting. This method doesn’t require any water.
  • Carroting.

How hot should water be for felting?

The felting process is accelerated by heat. The hat industry even uses hot steam for this reason. For the felters at home: it is best to work with hot water temperatures that are just bearable (about 140°F / 60°C – less if you have children working with you).

Is wet felting hard?

Needle felting is not as hard as it looks; it’s actually pretty easy, just time-consuming. Learn more about what things can make needle felting hard, and what can make it easy, below!

Is felting easy to learn?

It’s not the easiest craft in the world, but it’s also not the most difficult. Making basic shapes and the general needle felting technique is pretty easy to master, from my experience, but the harder steps are including smaller details and less traditional shapes.

How firm should needle felt be?

1 -Firm is key to successful 3D needle felting. Firm (not hard) but still springs back when squashed – especially legs and head.

What soap is best for wet felting?

Felting soap Using a good oil soap is much more kind to your wool fibers and hands than a harsh de-greaser like dish detergent. Try olive oil soap or Murphy’s oil soap to leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated after felting.

Why is my wool not felting?

If your wool is drafted on too thickly or too thinly it won’t felt into the silk properly. Remember, the barbs on your fiber have to get all the way through the silk to the back in order to adhere properly. Sharon says, “Wool works better as a team”.

Can you use washing up liquid for wet felting?

Wet felting: Add 2-3 drops of washing up liquid and a splash of hot water into a lidded lunchbox with your felt ball (or a few balls) Shake the lunchbox for 30 seconds, be careful of the hot water! Take the ball out (it may still be hot!) and very vey gently begin to roll the ball between your palms.

Can you felt in cold water?

I learnt to felt with hot water and I was astounded when I discovered that cold water also works. And it works because the essential thing is to create a situation of pH change in the wool, along with other conditions for the opening of the fibers. All of this happens with cold water too.

Can you wet felt with cold water?

Wet felting relies on the unique properties of wool and its ability to react to friction, heat and moisture. Because of it’s composition, wool will felt if it’s wetted (hot and cold water) and rubbed with soap.