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How To's


How to use the FlashFelter

With your wool saturated, and the nylon curtain on the surface, glide the flashfelter over the surface of the wool, gradually applying more pressure. The flashfelter can assist in channeling water, it pushes out the air as it glides over the surface forcing the strands of fiber to interlock and make felt. Remove the curtain and continue the process.

When using the FlashFelter on a needled tapestry, begin on the backside until you are certain there is enough water and soap to ensure the tool glides smoothly over the surface. Always begin gently, gradually applying more pressure.

 


Using the Felt Roller

Lay your wool batt flat on the plastic. Some say with the bubbles down, some say with the bubbles up. I place the bubbles down. Cover the wool with the nylon curtain. Press your palm down over the surface to determine if there are any weak areas.  If there are, lift the curtain to add more wool.

Fill a bowl with some hot water and soap. Scrunch up a grocery bag in your fist. Submerge it in the bowl of water and press it down onto the felt, releasing the trapped water.Once it is saturated, add soap to the palm of your hand and glide your hand over the surface to begin the felting process. Place the PVC pipe at one end of the project and roll the mat and the felt around the pipe. Tie the roll and begin rolling it back and forth for about 10 minutes.It is important that you move the placement of your wrists frequently so that the pressure you are applying is not in the same spot with every roll. Unwrap the roll and rewrap it from the opposite end of the mat. Changing the direction of the agitation will help ensure that your project is felting evenly during the 10 minute rotation.

 

 


Transferring a Pattern

Tape the pattern to a wall and tape one layer of white pre-felt over it. The bold lines of the patterns are clearly visible through one layer of pre-felt.Trace the lines with a fresh permanent marker. Use a "light" hand, by not applying too much pressure. I always place a second layer of prefelt under to begin needling through two layers. It is that simple. This same technique works well for Aida cloth and needlepoint canvas. If you are tracing onto linen, taping it to a window or using a light box may be neccessary.

 


Kniddy Knoddy

 

With your finger, place one end of the yarn at the center grip and hold firmly into place while guiding the yarn over the top bar and moving down and under the bar at the bottom. Then bring the yarn over the opposite top bar, then down and underneath the bottom bar then to the top bar where you began. Continue in this manner until all of the yarn is wound, then use the two ends to tie a loose knot and scrap yarn to tie a couple of other areas. To remove skein, turn the top bar so that the ends are no longer at 90 degrees, and slide off.