Felt mat

Patty does wonderful felting, both wet and dry.  I love this wonderful lion hotpad she made for me!

Felt mat close-up

Here’s a close-up showing the great detailing in the mane and features.  Patty started with a partly wet-felted mat, and a thin sheet of partly wet-felted yellow.  She cut the lion out of the yellow, then finished wet-felting it all together.  The outline was done with needle-felting.  Seaview is having a felting party in February to play more with this technique — this won’t be a regular meeting, but at a private home.  Contact us through this website or come to the  February meeting if you’d like to join us.

When you are doing wet felting, you need a solution of hot, soapy water. A technique Valerie shared with us at a mini-workshop in 2006 involves using small amounts of very hot water, and scooping up a little liquid soap to coat the hands.  Frequently remove the now-cold water from the wool with a sponge or towel, and reapply very hot water from your airpot/Thermos.  Scoop up more liquid soap, and scrub (gently) away.  Valerie said that you can use liquid dish soap, but she prefers the recipe below.

I like to call it Soap Goop,  and it’s from Pat Sparks’ book Fundamentals of Felting.  She calls it Cold Soap Gel.

Cold Soap Gel Recipe

1/2 cup powdered White King Soap, or 1/2 cup grated bar soap (can be homemade)

  . . . . . plus  . . . .

1 gallon very hot water (simmering) — The water must be soft or distilled. 

Mix well until all soap dissolves.  Allow to cool overnight. Ivory Soap works well for this.