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Color Palette Take a look at the entire color
palette of our 100% merino roving
This palette is
available NOW! Approx 1lb and contains approx. 22"
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are a great way to try a number of colors.
this page showing some beautiful scarves and jackets. If
you would like a workshop for scarves, contact
Outback Fibers sells imported Australian
sheepskins. These are great as throw rugs and baby mats.
To make cobweb (or very fine) felt, you
must have first mastered the ability to draw off very fine layers
of fiber so some experience with felting would be recommended.
For an elegant, fine and soft fabric, start with 19-22 micron
merino top in sliver/roving form, taking a 3ft piece and
splitting it in half lengthwise. This splitting gives more
control over the fineness of the pieces you can pull off. Also
see directions for Elegant Fine Scarves.
- Lay down towel, then blind or bubble
wrap. Place a piece of poly fabric or mosquito netting on top of blind. Use
contrasting color of fabric to fiber, or else you can't
see how fine your layers are. If desired, draw out a
pattern size for your piece of fabric, or for a scarf,
draw a 72"x11" rectangle on your fabric using
waterproof felt marker. Lay fibers within the lines,
allowing only fine wisps to extend beyond. Use three very fine layers of fiber, criss-crossed in
direction. Then add any surface design such as silk,
mohair or fancy yarns. You should be able to almost see through
the fiber layers even when all three layers are down. Make it
even, but don't worry about spots that look almost like
holes. That is part of the unique look of cobweb felt. To create
deliberate holes in specific areas, gently wiggle your fingertip into the
layers with a small circular motion until you create a small circular or
oval hole. The hole will expand to about 3X the initial size so
don't make these holes too large.
- Cover the layers with the same kind fabric netting to protect the surface design from shifting when
it is wet down. A plastic bottle filled with hot soapy
water and having holes punched in the cap makes a great
way to gently sprinkle water on the fiber. Press down on
the surface to thoroughly saturate the wool and using a scrunched-up
plastic grocery bag, rub in small circles to press out
all air pockets.
- If you want smooth sides, attend to this at this
stage before rubbing a "skin" on the surface of the felt.
- Rub continually in small circles with gradually
increasing pressure for about 8-10 minutes.
- When small amounts of pilling appear
through the netting, check the surface of the felt using
the "pinch test". This involves lifting the
netting and gently pinching the felt between finger and
thumb. If the fibers lift away individually, continue
rubbing the surface a few more minutes. If the felt
begins to lift up as a whole piece, it is ready to turn.
Carefully flip over the entire "packet" of
fiber sandwiched between the two layers of fabric. Lift the top layer of
fabric to check that fibers are not
sticking to to it. Apply a little more hot water and soap
to the other side if needed, and rub until pinch
test on second side shows felt holding together well.
- At this point the fulling stage can
proceed. This is the point at which the holes will become larger.
As the wool fibers begin to shrink, they move towards the fibers that are
closest to them. Since the initial hole is too large for the scales
to reach across, they will naturally migrate away from the center of the
hole, making the hole increase in size.
- Leaving the protective netting fabric between the felt
and the blind can prevent ridges from the bamboo blind
from being impressed on the felt surface. If using bubble
wrap, the protective fabric layers can be removed at this
point. Place a rod of some kind at the end of your blind
or wrap to provide a "beater bar". Carefully
roll blind and felt up together. Wrapping the towel
around the outside will provide extra grip and prevent
sliding while you roll. Roll entire roll back and forth
with firm pressure for several minutes. Unroll and turn
the felt over, rolling from the other end this time. If
using protective netting, lift to ensure felt is not
sticking each time you unroll. Repeat this process,
changing the direction of the felt piece each time until
the it reaches the desired strength and size. Remember,
cobweb or fine felt does not have to be fulled until stiff. Softness is a priority here, and since items
like scarves do not incur heavy wear, the felt does not
need to be tight and hard.
- Rinse with water and block with steam
iron to make nice straight sides. Allow to dry.
Jill is available for teaching Outback
Felting Workshops to a group or
privately. Please call or email for more information.
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