My finished prefelts are blowing in the wind. I'll use them to enhance felted garments. I'll cut them up and use them both under and on top of my silk fabrics or even directly on the wool roving.
You can layer them on top of one another since they have a wool base.
Here's my method for making prefelts using the dryer. For more on the dryer method for felting go to:
And prefelts are such a great thing to make when you're not feeling particularly creative but still want to spend time in the studio. And when you need that little extra embellishment later on...voila, it's already done!
|On a large piece of painter's plastic, lay out your wool roving in one layer using a herringbone pattern. Wet it out with a ball brauser or similar using room temperature water and some liquid soap (I use 7th Generation).
|Cover the wet roving with a second piece of painters plastic. Wet the plastic and compress with your hands. Then carefully remove the top plastic.
|Add silk fabric, hankies or viscose or even pieces of yarn. The white is 5 momme silk habotai that I will later paint on using sumi ink. Rewet like you did above.
|Again cover it with the top plastic. Wet the plastic and rub for about 2 minutes. Put a rolled up towel at one end and roll up the package like a sausage.
|Secure the roll with cut off panty hose or similar.
|Remove the painter's plastic and give it a quick rub on your bubble wrap.
|Remove the excess water using a spin dryer.
|My prefelts are drying in the sun. Once dry, I will use sumi ink to embellish the white silk section.
Have fun, stay safe and healthy during this self isolation and crisis period in our lives. Happy felting!