CHA Coolness Continues: Artfeltcomments (3) February 2nd, 2009
Here's another really interesting crafty product I saw at CHA: Artfelt! It's a simplified approach to felt-making that has loads of creative possibilities.
The process looks like this: You begin with a sheet of Artfelt Paper, which is a fibrous material. Then, using a needle-felting needle, you loosely punch some wool roving into this paper. Your punches tack the roving to the paper loosely.
Next, your finished piece goes into the washer and dryer. The roving will felt and the backing material will shrink, creating a solid felted piece.
What really makes all this sing is ArtFelt's pencil roving, which comes in a tasty array of colors. It's pulled into strands so that you can easily lay it out in patterns on the backing. As you can see in the photos above, this lets you make gorgeous felted pieces easily.
Not only can you use this system to felt on the backing paper, you can also felt onto woven fabrics. The wash-and-dry process will rumple the fabric side up interestingly, as a contrast to the smooth felted side.
Check out the Artfelt website for a step-by-step photo tutorial of the process and a peek at all their fabulous roving colors. You can get the individual supplies, or check out lots of interesting kits. And then tell me you aren't dying to get felting.
Reporting from CHA
January 25-28, 2009
This week we are reporting from the Craft & Hobby Association Winter Convention and Trade Show in Anaheim, CA.