My enthusiasm for felting began in Spring 2008. The process of taking
unspun wool fibers to make seamless, colorful, functional, unique garments and other items continues to fascinate me.
Wool is a renewable 100% biodegradable material that is water repellant, warm, soft and flame resistant. I enjoy its texture, color and its infinite possibilities as an artistic medium.
By utilizing ancient fabric-making techniques, adding my imagination and skill, the end result becomes a beautiful treasure.
The handcrafted process I use is called “wet-felting.”
I begin with the raw material, primarily sheep wool roving. I purchase pounds of wool that has already been washed, combed and dyed. The roving comes as one long 2”-wide strand. From this, I pull airy short lengths and lay onto a template in thin, even, perpendicular layers. The number of layers determines the thickness of the final garment. Water and soap are applied to the surface.
With my hands, I will skillfully reduce the wool by 50%--turning the puffy pile into a semi-dense fabric. The pre-felted wool, is then manipulated by hand on hat forms—shaped and further thickened. The process from start to finish usually ranges from 6-10 hours.
My current focus is hats. I incorporate my original designs, inspired by nature, into each finished piece. I also create felted scarves, jewelry, outerware, soaps, wool sculptures and wool “paintings.”
Please review my events page to see these works of art in person.