I am really looking forward to my delivery of a special wool from German company Filzrausch . This is the short fibre merino that I saw for the first time with Sigrid and Ingrid Bannier at the workshops in November and what they use for almost all their jewellery making. It is amazingly quick to felt and soft making it very comfortable to wear against the skin. The cost is a bit more expensive that other merino but I am hoping that I will more than make up for this extra cost in the time saved and the scope of the projects that I intend to tackle. Carmen had bought any wool that the sisters had left after the workshops and I got a little bit from her. This afternoon I made some felt beads, a flower, a ball and a piece of flat felt, in all they took me probably a third of the time that I would take normally, amazing! Watch this space, the wool should arrive at the beginning of next week hopefully.
One thing that I didn’t mention yesterday is that when I make prefelts I don’t lay the fibres out anything like as thickly as usual. This is because the prefelt will be cut and laid on top of whatever piece I am working on and I don’t want the felt to end up too thick in those sections. If however, you wanted a very textured piece, a wallhanging for example, maybe you would want the prefelt to be thick and to stand out a little from the rest of the background. Anyway, it is nice to experiment a bit so you will find out what thickness suits your style of work yourselves!