It only comes in the color white as synthetic fibers don't take dye very well.
I first added two layers of black merino wool to each side of my round resist. Then I pulled off some ingeo fiber and placed it on the black wool. This will be the outside of the bowl.
Because ingeo is synthetic, it has to be tacked down with a few fibers of merino wool. After wet felting it for a little while, the ingeo fiber mingles into the black wool..
Then I felted both sides with my new favorite tool, Heartfelt Silks palm washboard. This is fantastic for felting fast and not so much strain on my hands. It's made of wood but completely waterproof.
I know it's felted when I try to pull up some fibers with my fingers, the pinch test, and if the fibers stay in place, it's felted! form the bowl with a balloon and stretch the wool, making the fibers squiggle.
I let it dry overnight and the best part is popping the balloon to see what the inside looks like! I used sparkly fiberstar and angelina in layers, light on dark, and it came out lovely.
Black merino wool bowl with ingeo fiber embellishment
I create felted bowls and vessels with vivid colors sometimes and make shells, and starfish out of felt in natural colors. This bowl has an ocean theme with layers created by using resists in between the wool layout, creating waves coming off the top of the bowl.
The bowl has nine resists
To create the waves, I layer wool over a piece of cheesecloth. The bowl itself will have three round resists and four irregular-shaped resists and two crescent-shaped resists. They will be placed in between layers of wool and when later removed create several layers. Cheesecloth is easy to incorporate because it has a loose weave, fibers felt into it quickly and it adds texture.
I stuffed pieces of bubble wrap into the gaps to create even more dimension.
A balloon was blown up inside the bowl and then left to dry.
It took two days to completely dry!
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