I was introduced to wool when I was taught to knit at 8 years old, and ever since, I’ve LOVED working with wool fiber. I’ve tried knitting, weaving, and NOW…felting.
Felting combines my love of abstract art, bright colors, producing bags and scarves, and even family heritage. My maternal grandfather bought wool from native peoples around the world to sell to manufacturers.
As a beginner, I am pursuing my felting education, learning not only technique, but about the various types of sheep and their wool. Through online tutorials, I am studying with instructors from as far away as Australia and Eastern Europe.
Felt, known as the oldest textile in the world, was used for housing, rugs, and clothing by the oldest world cultures. It’s a process in which raw wool fibers are agitated with water and soap to open up the individual fibers and then link them together to form a dense mat.
Felt is made by using hands, not eyes, to know when you need to apply more wool and when the felt is finished.