When it comes to buying the wool for your felting project, you can feel overwhelmed by the enormous choice available on the market. Also, depending on where you're buying it from, you might get a lot of different options in terms of the sheep race.
So, here's my suggestion on how to navigate your next wool shopping in 3 easy steps
Step 1: Is your project needle felted or wet felted?
If you're planning to > needle felt , your best choice is wool batting .
When this is the case, it is not the same as that of the wool. you're working with a needle, this type of wool is faster to felt and you get a smooth surface , instead of a full surface of visible wool fibers almost see "threads"), which is the result of needle felting with wool tops.
Also, a harder wool is easier to needle than a very soft one. So, for this type of project a fine merino is not the best option.
If you want to wet felt, just keep readingbe delicate and soft, or rigid and resistant?
For wet felting , the choice takes a bit more reflection. But start by deciding whether you want a soft piece or a rigid one.
Now, if you're felting jewelry , the scarf or piece for a baby , you'll want it to be delicate and soft. So, your best choice would be fine or even an extra-fine merino .
Step 3: Your project is wet felted. Should you get wool batts or wool tops?
Some people prefer batts, others prefer tops. There's no right answer here. I decide primarily according to the shape I'll be felting:
- Cords and similar shapes are easier to felt with wool tops . If you have tried to make them with both types of wool, you probably agree with me.
- here and here) . > Balls and oval forms tend to get a smoother surface, if you use wool batts , for the same reason I mentioned in step 1 (more on this here and here)
- Sheets are easier to feel with wool batts , because you do not have to spend so much time laying and crossing the fibers.
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Having said that, one thing I like to do, is to mix both types in one piece .
And finally, if nuno felting is what's on your mind, the best choice is an extra-fine merino wool top < / strong>. Only an extra-fine wool will be able to penetrate the silk and attach to it.
Of course, there's still a lot to be said about wool, but I wanted to make it as simple as possible avoid overwhelm. I hope this helps you decide when you're buying your wool in the future!
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When it comes to choosing felting wool, it's easy to get mixed up with the huge choice available in the market. In addition, depending on the country of your supplier, there may be many options for different breeds of sheep.
So here is my suggestion to guide you in your next purchase of wool in 3 Step 1: Will your project be felted with a needle or with soap and water?
If you are planning a project felted with needle , the best choice is carded wool . This type of wool is only washed and carded, so the fibers go in all directions, unlike the combed wool, whose fibers have been combed all in the same direction.
If you are working with the needle , this type of wool felts faster and gets a smooth and even surface , instead of a surface where the fibers are visible (where you can almost see "wires" ), as in a felted needle and woolen design.
In addition, a thicker wool is easier to feel (with the needle) than a wool very thin and soft. Therefore, for this type of work, a fine merino wool is not at all the best solution.
If you want to sew with soap and water, read on
> Step 2: Should the design be delicate and soft or hard and resistant?
To Soap with soap and water , the choice requires a bit more reflection. But, start by deciding whether you want to make a soft part or a hard part .
Now, if you want to felish costume jewelry , a scarf or a baby garment , you will certainly want it to be a delicate and soft work. In this case, the best choice is a fine merino wool or even extrafine .
Step 3: Your project will be felted with water and soap. Should you buy a carded wool or a combed wool?
There are those who prefer carding and there are those who prefer the hairstyle. In this case, there is no single answer . I mainly decide based on the form of what I'm going to feel :
- Cords and similar shapes are easier to felte with combed wool . If you've tried both types of wool, you'll probably agree with me (more here and here) .
- and oval shapes tend to have a smoother surface if felted with carded wool , for the same reason I mentioned in step 1 (here here ) < / strong>.
- The leaves are easier to felte with carded wool , since you do not have to spend as much time preparing the layers and cross the fibers. They also tend to produce a more homogeneous thickness than the combed wool (more here and here).
That said, I like mix both types in a project . This gives me the best of both worlds
And finally, if what you have in mind is a felting "nuno project, it's best choice is a merino wool extrafina . Only an extrafine wool will be able to penetrate and melt with the fibers of the silk.
Of course there would be a lot more to say about wool, but the idea was to make this as simple as possible. I hope this helps in your next purchases of wool!