Felting has been catching on recently, but did you know it is actually one of the oldest form of craft? In fact, felt is the oldest man-made textile known. The technique of felting dates all the way back to the Bronze Age, even before knitting and weaving existed. The unspun wool is layered, moistened with warm soapy water, and friction is applied to combine the layers. Using this technique, ancient people were able to create a variety of items, such as blankets, clothing and even shelters.
Why learn felting?
Felting is easier to pick up and learn for beginners as compared to knitting or crocheting. Using a dry felting needle and felting board, jab the needle into the torn felt wool to ‘bind’ it together to create shapes and hold the wool together. The more you jab the wool, the more compressed it will be.
Furthermore, felt does not fray easily. It is relatively stiff and not brittle. To hold the felt pieces together, you can either stitch the pieces together or glue them. Just make sure to use glue that is strong enough to ensure that your felt creation can last longer!
Lastly, felting is extremely accessible. Craft/ acrylic felt is cheap and readily available. It can be found at Daiso for just SGD $2. However, it is not lasting if mishandled. This is due to it being made from a thinner and weaker fabric mixture of synthetic acrylic, polyester and rayon. If you do not mind paying slightly more for a durable option, eco felt is also an affordable and environmentally friendly choice choice. There are other types of felt available in the market as well, but they are more expensive albeit of ‘higher quality’.
If you’re interested to learn the basics of felting, you can learn how to create your very own felt ornaments and felt succulents during the upcoming Meet Your Maker(s) event on 16th January! Participants will be guided by experienced crafters who specializes in felt and provided with high quality materials to practice with. Click here to find out more and to register for the workshops.