To make prefelt, first lay out a piece of bubble wrap, bubbles side down. Place a layer of dry wool in a north/south direction. Then place dry wool in an east/west direction
Top with tulle netting to prevent fibers from shifting, gently spray with a water/soap mixture and begin felting. I use a plastic grocery bag in between my hands to help glide over the surface.
Gently peel off the netting and set aside. Top the wet wool with another piece of bubble wrap, bubbles side up. Now you have a sandwich of bubble wrap, wet wool and bubble wrap. Place this on a bamboo mat and roll up. Hold over sink to allow excess water to drain.
Unroll everything and peel off the wool from the bubble wrap, then place directly on to the bamboo mat and set aside bubble wrap. At this point, the piece has a "skin" and won't fall apart. Roll up again and do the same rolling sequence as above, but for 50 times each. Four x 50 times.
The bowl has two layers of wool on each side of a round resist. Once partially felted, I arranged the "leaves" on the top, middle and bottom of the bowl.
copyright images of Carol Jensen 2014-2018
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Carol Jensen Felt Art