Felt is a non-woven cloth that is made by pressing and condensing woollen fibres until they become matted together. It is the oldest known form of fabric. Different kinds of felt are available varying in colour, texture and thickness.
Felt making is very addictive and taking turns in the felting process encourages interaction and trust. It is like being in a simpler, calmer environment away from noise levels and stress. It is always a benefit to have a craft idea like felting to create something soft and special. Beginners can start simply by making felt balls and wrapping lengths of soft raw wool around their index fingers in different directions, until it forms a ball shape – see instructions in the Craft Kit and on the website. A single colour may be used or if various colour tones are used, the effect can be very bright and eye-catching. Felt balls can be sliced so that colourful circular pieces, which can be used to make further felt items for decoration or stuck onto designs for card craft. Possibilities are endless!
A paperweight is a useful item to make and it should be easy to find a suitable pebble or stone. Making this a pleasant experience so take your time to enjoy the softness of felting the pebble in your hands. There is another enjoyable sensory experience too with the scented smell of the soap you choose. It makes you feel happy, relaxed and comfortable. You can sit, stand, walk around whilst felting your stone – it is a joy to make!
The rinsing stage needs quite a bit of water to clear off the remaining soap from your stone and most children of course love any activity to do with water! You will need to leave the felted stone in a suitable place to dry.
The soft wool for the Craft Kit came from The World of Wool and choosing from their wide selection of colours was an enjoyable experience. Details are given in the Links section for ordering larger supplies of wool if required. Smaller quantities of wool can be obtained from Hulton Crafts by special order.
“I have found that the felting has been especially useful for a range of students.”
“Students enjoyed this most because of the texture and the change they could create through repetitive movements.” Comments by teacher who runs a school craft club
Felt making at Jennyruth Workshops