Tips and Tricks
- Use a high powered flashlight to look down through your wet felted layout. It is easier to see thin spots this way. If you see shiny plastic bubble wrap, you've got a thin spot.
- If you need to cut your felt to a specific size or shape, and don't care much for that blunt edge, simply re-wet it, and gently rub parallel to the cut. It will still be a straight edge, but have a more natural look. This can also be done in mid-felting if need be.
is to fold it over and lay wool
on the edge.
It will be sealed nicely!
- If you find yourself doing a LOT of nuno felting, invest in a new pesticide sprayer for your initial spray down of soapy water. It will save you time and get a nice even wetness. (dedicate this sprayer to soapy water- no chemicals.)
- Invest in the book "Uniquely Felt" by Christine White. Highly recommended!
- Measure things before you felt, and make a note of it. That way, if it turns out short or long, you can adjust the size for next time.
Make a felted bead of all your colors. Bring them all out when choosing your color scheme and actually consider them all. You may be surprised at what works!
- Any time you see something that inspires you save it... cut out the picture and put it in a folder, a bulletin board or an idea journal. For online pictures save them all in a directory on your computer. Don't just bookmark it or put it in your favorites... pages can disappear!
To get sharper lines in your design, try using wool yarn.
Separate into plys for best results.
Iron it if you want it smooth instead of kinky.
- Keep a steam iron on next to your wet felting and heat up your project with steam as you go. Warm wool felts faster. You may also use a garment steamer if you have one, and if the piece is small enough, microwave it!
- If you've worked a nuno project hard and still haven't gotten the shrinkage you want, rinse and dry it over night, then repeat the felting stage again. You will see a significant shrinkage the second time around.
- To keep silk hankies from sticking to your hands, use thin rubber surgical gloves.
Flipping your work (Nuno felting)
To make a flipping board, buy a long sheet of styrofoam insulation, the longest lengthy they carry at the home improvement store. Usually about $15. Cut it lenghtwise down the middle.
It is best to get the foil covered kind to reduce static electricity. If you still get a lot of sticking, spray the board with Static Guard before laying the silk down.
Lay silk directly on board.
Lay out your design with wool.
Next, cover with plastic wrap, then bubble wrap. (bubbles facing the project)
Next, lay the other half of board on top of the pile
If you have a second person to help you, each of you take an end and flip it. Be sure they press the boards together TIGHTLY while flipping so nothing shifts inside. If you are by yourself, firmly tie each end of it like this:
Flip the board, and then CAREFULLY lift the top off. (Static cling might want to grab that plastic and or/silk, so go slow! Bend down and watch--so you know when it is safe to lift it all the way off) If it is still clinging to the board get a pencil or chopstick to help it come off.
The underside of your work is now showing:
You can now lay out your second side and finish up as usual!