Felted wool art is indeed a very special art.
While I intended to create a felted broch it eventually turned into something entirely different. Subsequently my felted wool art needed a frame rather than a pin.
My creations of felted wool art emerged with the intention of opening the mind to discover the true value of wool in the felted form.
The process is simple, nonetheless the work may not.
My starting point is a rough sketch on paper, even though I mostly change the design somewhat during the wool composition.
Firstly, I select my colours for the outline of the backdrop, after that I add the finer details. This could involve not only wool, but also silk, threads, and other fabrics.
During the layout of the artwork, I need to stabilize the wool. For that reason, I add small amounts of water to weight down the fibres, with the intention to stop the wool from distorting.
Then adding more soapy warm water, I begin the felting process by agitating the wool.
At this point I need a pinch of good luck as I only get one chance to get it right.
Elbow crease coupled with patience, wet felting wool is hard work and time consuming.
But equally, so rewarding.
At the end I wash the felted wool piece in a vinegar and water solution for the purpose of keeping the colours bright and vibrant.
In due time I add the finer details once the felted wool is dry.
By and large. I use 18 micron merino wool. Unquestionably mulesing free.
Each felted wool art is framed as seen here and shipped worldwide.