feltastic fibre - felting projects
What is felt ?
Felt is a non-woven fabric made from natural fibres. It it mostly made from wool, but other fibres like alpaca, lama, rabbit, muskox, etc. can also be used for felting. The fibres are layed out first and either treated with warm water, soap and agitation or a felting needle. Both techniques will result in froming a dense fabric of permanently interlocking fibres.
The beauty of felt is not just in its appearance and texture but its unique qualities. Since felt is made from a natural source, it is environmentally friendly, sustainable and biodegradable. The combination of 20strength, durability and its lightweight make felt a versatile fabric. The wool fibres keep you warm, repel dirt and moisture and are fire resistant.
Felting shows how a very old and traditional form of craft can be adapted into today’s contemporary lifestyles and by doing so a new perspective of this ancient art is developed.