Felting is an age-old craft. Possibly developed in the Middle or Far East, it is a process that has evolved with local traditions wherever it was used. And it is still used today, by kids in kindergarten to nomads on the great plains of Asia living in felt yurts. The technique is basic, requires very little experience or tools, and "mistakes" may well lead to interesting results.
- working from the fiber (most often sheep's wool) to make a felted fabric or product using soap and water; there is no spinning, knitting, crocheting or weaving involved.
Fulling or Knit Felting
- achieved by knitting a garment and then shrinking it, filling (hence the term "fulling") the holes between the stitches. This fulling can be done on crocheted or woven items as well. Check our knitting books for many projects that are knitted and then "felted".
- unlike wetfelting, does not require soap and water and does not need to be animal fiber. It is accomplished by using felting needles to make figurines or apply additional fibers to decorate fabric or garments (those can be made of felted material or knitted, crocheted or woven material).
- Relatively new brand of products that are very similar to needle felting but uses a special paper backing that can be needle felted onto and then dissolves when washed leaving just the finished product.
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