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Tutorial – 3D Pod

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

A new tutorial for making a simple hanging 3D pod shape which will allow you to then go on and experiment with more shapes, sizes, openings etc.

Take a look and try it out. Feedback gratefully received:)

Tutorial – Nuno felt scarf

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

Hi folks – Just a quickie to let you know that I now have a tutorial for a nuno felt scarf and you can see it here. Nuno felting is the combining of fabric with wool fibres through the felting process. No sewing required! Enjoy!

Seamless felt handbag tutorial

Monday, December 13th, 2010

I took the photos for this at least two months ago but it’s taken me quite a while to find the time to write it all up. It’s quite a simple bag with no strap but a nice shape and a good bag to begin with.

finished bag

It’s listed on the resources page and there’s also a link to it from the column on the right of this blog. I’d love to receive your comments both good and bad so I can improve it if necessary. Enjoy

How to make a felt notebook cover

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

I thought it about time that I put a tutorial / how to guide together. This one aims to teach you how to make a seamless felted notebook cover.

1. Resist

I usually begin seamless felted items with a resist, so called because it resists the layers felting together. To get the right size I measure the item and add 40% to allow for shrinkage. With a notebook you need to measure the width of front, back and spine. My book measures 31cm wide by 21cm high so my resist is 43cm wide and 30cm high. Don’t forget to round off the corners so they don’t poke through your fibres.

2. Laying out the background

Don’t have your hands too close together so the fibres will separate easily. Begin by laying a fringe half on, half off the resist and then fill in the centre. Your next layer of fibre needs to be at right angles to the first layer.

Put your net on the fibres and wet out with soapy water. use your hand to press all the water down through the fibres until it goes flat and give a very light rub with a bag. Take off the net and turn the resist over to fold in your fringe. Repeat as above on this side but leave a gap in the centre.

3. Adding a pattern

Turn it over and add your pattern bearing in mind that you’re looking at both front and back. Front of the cover is on the right, back is on the left.

Then it’s back on with the net, wet it out and rub until the pattern is set and do the pinch test above. If the fibres stay together then you’re ready to roll. If the fibres start to separate you need to rub for longer.

4.Ready to roll

I use a piece of pipe insulation for rolling but you can use a broom handle. Wrap the whole thing up in the bubble wrap and roll 100 times. Unroll, the package, turn 90 degrees and roll for another 100. Unwrap, turn it over and repeat.

5. Finishing

When the resist begins to buckle it’s time to remove the felt. To full (harden) the felt you can continue to roll or throw it onto the table. The impact of the throwing shocks the felt into hardening and gives a more textured finish.

Remember to keep checking the size against your book so that you don’t shrink it too far. When you’re nearing the correct size, cut down to open the flaps out so the book can be inserted and then remove the excess felt. Whilst the felt is wet it can be shaped, so stretch it and pull it back into shape if you need to before leaving to dry.

This tutorial will be added to my resources page so you’ll always know where to find it.