Wet Felted Abstract


I spent a few hours yesterday working with wool roving, laying it out in layers in alternating directions on top of a sheet of small bubble wrap. After 5 layers I sprayed it all with soapy water to moisten through the wool layers. Then I rolled the bubble wrap and wool layers together into a tube of sorts and pressed down while rolling the tube back and forth literally hundreds of times (for at least 30 minutes) until the wool layers felt somewhat compressed. Unrolling the tube with layers flat was next and I then added different colored wool embellishments for design. Once they were pleasingly in place, I rolled the bubble wrap and wool layers into a tube again, and just kept pressing and rolling it back and forth, again and again and again. I made sure there was enough soapy water betweenrollings to help the wool fibers latch onto each other. Then I unrolled it to see what I had created, photo above. I like the result but I think I could have rolled it longer for more wool compression. However, I don’t think I’ll do this kind of wet felting again, it made me very tired!

9 comments:

  1. Fascinating! And what a lovely result! - ;))

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  2. interesting technique thanks for sharing sounds like fun except for the long rolling time-that would be allot with sore hands-hugs this is pretty though

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  3. Those colors really pop off the white. Great piece Barbara. Happy new week. Hugs-Erika

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  4. I really love what you have created here, but that seems like an awful lot of manual labor. And that is probably why I haven't tried wet felting - to be honest.

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  5. It reminded me of an abstract Christmas tree, Barbara. I have done that sort of rolling and forming before, and it is very labor intensive and painful at times, too. I'm impressed you stayed with it for so long, dear.

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  6. It's very colorful. You are amazing for staying with this process..I probably would have given up!

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