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Sep. 26th, 2012

Needle felting is something I do not enjoy.
It's too time-consuming and physically exhausting.
When I hear about this product called Artfelt® Paper, I thought I'd give it a try.
While I was at it, I also tried a simpler, quick and dirty way of felting.
Both turned out with some very pleasing and surprising results.

Felted Scarves

The scarf and the left was created using Artfelt® Paper.
It is very soft and drapey. 
The one of the right was created using only cheap plastic wrap.
I used Michele Johnson's instructions on YouTube
It's a little thicker (probably because I used more layers)
but has a lovely shiborie-like texture caused by stretching the scarf
when I took it out of the dryer.
Since I'm out of Artfelt® Paper paper (and it's not cheap),
I'm going to play around with Michele's idea and see if I can get the same drape
as I did with the Artfelt® Paper.
I also plan to try a water soluble stabilizer instead of the Artfelt® Paper.
The best thing is that both scarves were completed in less than two hours.
Now how cool is that?
This will also be a great way to use up a lot of wool roving I've bought.
Then I can buy more. 
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(Anonymous)
Oct. 5th, 2012 06:18 pm (UTC)
I couldn't agree more...
I too have body issues with felting! I tried felting using the bubble wrap method and although it is far less scary than using felting needles it is very hard on my neck!

Thanks for posting the link to Michele's YouTube video. What a great, and so simple, idea! I think my DGD and I can try this together! I took project class using the bubble wrap method to make a scarf. It came out well and was fun to do, but in the aftermath my neck required several days of serious TLC! It should be much easier to accomplish using Michele's simple method.
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