For the technique of wet felting the wool or the wool fleece is placed on a surface, covered with hot soapy water and treated until the fibers start to stick together.
Then the workpiece is rolled with mechanical agitation or tumbled, a process which should be consistently carried out in all four directions.
During this procedure the surface of the workpiece will shrink considerably and at the same time the density of the entangled wool fibers will increase. As soon as the felted piece is ready it will not anymore change size and is washable up to 30 degrees Celsius.
In Nuno felting, which is a traditional Japenese technique, merino wool is felted onto silk until the two materials are joined together.
The wool should be placed on loose woven silk and felted by wet felting technique.
It is my personal speciality to experiment new textile surfaces exploring different base materials such as tulle or jersey.
Contrary to the wet felting technique, for needle felting one does not need water or soap, but rather a barbed felting needle which allows one quick working in and fixing of the wool fibers.
This method is particularly suited for felting in of materials with other colours and for 3-D effects. Subsequent wet felting provides additional stability to the workpiece , but would lead to considerable shrinking of the material.