Wet Felting Workshop

Last weekend I took Jane LaFazio’s wet felting workshop at Quilters’ Studio in Newbury Park.  This was an entirely new technique for me, but I guess they’ve been doing it in Tibet for a long time.

We each chose a small bag of wool roving, then laid it out in five layers on bubble wrap.

lay out the rovingNext we sprinkled it with hot soapy water and rolled it in a foam noodle, where we rolled it on the table hundreds of times to make the wool weave itself together from the friction we created.

laying out rovingThis is what the piece looked like after the manipulation.  It shrunk about an inch or two all around:

wet felted piece

Then after rinsing out the soap, we threw our work on the floor as hard as we could a few times:

throwing the felt on the floor

The next day, after the piece was dried, we added a bit more roving in places for added interest, then added embroidery, stitching and beads.  Last night I stitched together an 18″ silk dupioni pillow and tacked the felt to the top.  Now it sits proudly in my living room!

finished pillow

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  1. what, no pics of you and the illustrious teacher? 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the workshop Loris!

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