I came up with a great way to create a alternate way to create a beautiful thin,flexible and very sturdy felt cloth. I use this cloth to make a variety of felt animals. My next project will be a vest which will pe perfect with the fall right around the corner.
Below you find instructions on how you can make your own felt cloth that you will be able to use to create your own felt art.
Go ahead, give it a try and I am convinced that you will be amazed.
Felt Cloth Instruction:
Supplies needed :
Old Blanket to cover the floor from Water
2 large pieces of Old fine mesh nylon curtain or fine tulle
Old Broom Stick
Hot Soapy Water
2 Large Rubber Bands
Soft Grip Handle Hand Sander
Be aware tha this is a wet felting project, so make sure you choose surfaces that don’t mind getting wet. Start off with covering the floor where you will be working. Arrange the table on top of the floor covering. Now place your large towel on the table, then place the bubble wrap with the bubbles facing you on top of the towel. Then place the mesh nylon curtain or tulle on top of the bubble wrap.
Now the fun begins:
Place a thin layer of fiber that felts well all over the mesh nylon curtain or tulle.
Once your completed all the steps mentioned fill your squirt bottle with hot soapy water. Carefully wet out the whole area you just layered. Gently pressing out the air that is between the layer of fiber by pushing with your hand the fibers together gently while you apply the water.
Cover you hand sander with bubble wrap . Bubbles facing out. Check your edges by lifting the nylon mesh/tulle gently on the edges . Flip the edges over gently. That will give you a nice clean border once your felt cloth is done .
With the hand sander start on one corner of your project and gently move the sander up and down in place small sections at a time. Pick up your hand sander and work the next section the exact way. Make sure you work you entire project this way. By lifting the mesh you are able to check if your fiber starts to stick together by lifting a tiny piece of fiber if it sticks together you can move onto the next step.
Flip the project over by grabbing the mesh that is on the bottom of your project .
Straighten your project and continue working the area the same way you did with the other one.
After successfully completing this part of your felting process remove the top layer of mesh carefully.
The next step will be rolling your project with the bubble wrap over a broomstick or swim noodle and fasten each side with a large rubber band to keep it all together.
Now the fulling process begins where the felt will start to form stability and also start to sharing some depending what type of fiber you chose .
Here is a example of some fulling examples.
Now open up your fiber and repeat the same process from the opposite side . Once done flip the project over and repeat the same on the other side as well.
Unroll your project, remove all the mesh and bubble wrap.
Rinse your project with clean water until all the soapy water is removed. Squeeze out all the soapy water while rising.
Now you are done . You can straighten your project out while it is still wet very easily. Lay flat to dry.