Felt Making Tutorial

During Science Week we were learning about friction. We found out that friction is a force between two surfaces that are sliding, or trying to slide, across each other. The wool fibres are felted or fused together using moisture, friction and heat. As the wool shrinks the fibres interlock and mat together. You may have noticed that if a wool jumper is washed too hot in a washing machine it will shrink and felt! The wool fibres are layered out horizontally and vertically then soap and warm water are applied and the felt is massaged and rolled. It was challenging and very time consuming but we all enjoyed learning how to felt. We are really proud of our felt pieces but had sore and tired arms at the end! Watch Alana’s felt tutorial below for step by step instructions.

Here are some photos of the felting process:

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Some photos of our felted pieces:

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7 thoughts on “Felt Making Tutorial”

  1. This is very informative. Well done. At least I will understand my ruined jumpers better in future!
    I love your class picutre at the top, by the way. What was going on there? (I assume you don’t dress like that every day).

  2. Fantastic art work. Well done Primary 7. My class would just love making felt pictures. Maybe we could give it a go too. The step by step instructions are really useful. Thank you for that Alana.

  3. What a fabulous masterclass Alana! You really are a natural presenter. This is another career path you can add to the long list you already have. I have sent the link to Liz from “Heartfelt by Liz ” who is a friend and a professional feltmaker. Let’s see what she thinks.

  4. Beautiful post. Very articulate video. Smashing pictures.
    I am enjoying your blog a lot.
    I have a few of my favourite jumpers that have felted. I wonder if I bought a really big one and felted it would it be extra warm?

  5. Thank you for all your comments! We hope the tutorial helps your class learn how to felt Mrs Ferrier. The picture in our blog header Diane was just after we had led our Burns Supper to staff, parents and the community!

  6. Well done! This looks fantastic and great fun too! I think I will definitely try follow your tutorial and get my class to try this out in our next science week!

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