Felted wool art is a very special art practice.
Franziska discovered making larger pictures out of wool by pure accident. What started out to be a broch became so much bigger, that she needed a frame rather then a pin to mount it. Her felted wool art became an instant hit.
And so, began her art practice of felted wool art into actual pictures. The process is simple, but the work may not. Laying loose merino fibres on a blanket of more loose fibres, the inspired design starts a life of its own. Franziska can only ground or bind the fibres form distorting again by adding warm soapy water. The felted wool art process has begun. Now it is down to Franziska and a pinch of good luck that the design stays in place. The wool art picture is now being stroked, rubbed, and agitated with both hands. This process takes elbow crease and patience. Franziska can not rush the felted wool art process as she needs to check the accuracy of the design very frequently while she is doing the agitation of the wool.
Franziska has only one chance to get it right, there is no coming back a second time as the felted wool art would not combine anymore. Any distortion of the design would be disastrous at this point. Once the felted wool art has combined to a fine felt, Franziska will wash out the felted wool art one last time in a vinegar solution to keep the colours strong and bright.
The finer details are added when the felted wool art is dry. Franziska adds the final details to her felted wool art by hand or with her beloved sewing machine.
Franziska works primarily with merino wool unless otherwise stated. The wool used is mulesing free. This is important to Franziska. She also use silks, other wool locks for different textures, wool yarn, fabrics, and other treads the create her one off felted wool art.