BIG Felting…

last weekend i participated in a feltwest workshop where we learned how to make a template for a garment that will be felted in one piece.

we had to bring felting samples to calculate the shrinkage of our finished felt…

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then we measured our bodies and designed a garment to fit our measurements – i wanted to make a kimono jacket. next we calculated how to convert the measurements to take into account the shrinkage of the finished felt. and then we cut out our gigantic templates.

i came home that night with my head smoking from all the measurements, shrinkage factors, etc…

next day i started to lay out my wool. i had decided to lay merino wool onto butter muslin with a final layer of mohair locks… by the end of the day i had managed to lay out about a third of my jacket! which i had also decided to make sleeveless.

this is what it looked like when i unrolled it at home on the veranda…

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on the left side you can see the gigantic 'flap' that will turn into the overlying parts of the kimono.

i finished laying out the wool for the front part during the week and then moved it inside yesterday – there was too much wind to continue working outside.

i had to roll up the rug in the living room to have enough space…

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this is definitely the biggest piece i have ever worked on! and i was so glad that i didn't make it with sleeves! it would have not fitted in the room!!!

when i had finished with the merino it looked like a sea of wool…

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for the final layer i had to card all the mohair locks first…

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and then… i spent all evening and part of this morning felting and fulling and shrinking this 'thing'.

until the magical moment when i cut it open, pulled and stretched it and put it on the mannequin…

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front and back and some details…

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this is what it looks like on the outside with the mohair locks giving lots of curly texture…

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and on the inside with the buttermuslin…

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when i was still in the planning stage i thought i would plant-dye it. but now i think i will leave it white… at least for the time being… it feels and smells and looks like i am wearing a sheep! i'll get sebastian to take some pictures of me wearing it when it has completely dried 😉

for now i am just glad that i have finished it… and i am not sure how soon i would want to make another garment in one piece!

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6 thoughts on “BIG Felting…

  1. That is so interesting – thanks for sharing. I’d like to attempt something like that one day. It’s huge! (Wish there were more felting classes available where I was).

  2. Wow that is some BIG felting, it turned out so gorgeous! I also thought that the “sea” of wool was very pretty too. I was working with felting some pouches this weekend, so fun to be working with wool again! Back to packing! xo

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