Rolling technique/ Felting by hand

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J00010 Rolling technique/ Felting by hand
Despite all those modern felting resources, such as dryers, sanders and felt activators, many felters still prefer the quite meditative traditional felting method; felting with your own hands.

Only through that you can really feel the wool and are able to recognize how much it has compacted and connected with the silk. The most important traditional technique is the roll felting. Similar to felting in the dryer, the workpiece is sprinkled completely with soapy water and rolled up with a foil or net on top.

The difference is that with the rolling technique, the rolled up piece of felt gets rolled back and forth over and over again. While the dryer does all of that himself. When rolling with his hands, the felter has a way better control over the felting process itself and can intervene at any time if something moves out of place or can stop as soon as the desired density is reached.

Bamboo mats, bubble wrap, towels or similar objects are perfect devices as a basis or pad for rolling up the felt piece. They increase the frictional resistance and pressure.

If laying a needle felt yourself, using two or three layers FLYFEL®-tops, that have been layered crosswise, it will mostly shrink in the direction that it is felted or rolled. It is therefore recommended to unroll the felt piece, in order to check how much it has shrunk and possible turn about 90C° and roll the other way, so that it shrinks equally.
Industrially needled FLYFEL®-web on the other hand mostly shrinks crosswise due to its special structure. This should be considered when designing a pattern.

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