One thing I am learning the hard way is that it’s often best to experiment with small samples first rather than rushing in with all guns blazing on my latest “brilliant” idea.
Sometimes it does work, but sometimes I end up wasting a lot of time and/or materials when my process or technique throws up something I hadn’t thought of. It’s not a total waste – I do learn a lot from my mistakes! But it might be less wasteful to learn on a smaller scale. 😉
It’s difficult to restrain my natural impatience, but this week I’ve done a couple of small samples (also useful as I haven’t had much time). The first was a small piece of flat felt using wool from my fleece. It does felt, although quite lightly, and it takes a long time; even after fulling, it feels quite spongy and stretchy.
I like the effect – I think I might mix it with some merino to help speed up felting and provide extra texture.
The other sample was a another experiment with honeycomb felt, this time in a small 3D pot. I thought this would be quite difficult to felt, because I make pots around a flat resist, and there would be a layer of marbles on each side of the resist.
It was difficult keeping the marbles in position at the beginning, so in the end I went for the “random honeycomb” effect and let them move where they wanted. But the actual felting was remarkably quick – maybe the marbles inside the felt acted like the glass washboard I use for fulling, providing extra friction and speeding up the felting?
I also like holding it up and seeing how the light comes through the thinner layer of yellow felt.