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Melting and Felting

Updated on June 7, 2012

Learn to Combine Textiles and Felting Techniques

Melting and Felting is a Textiles book available from Rachel's Melted Fabrics.

I produced this e-book during 2008 when I didn't have access to a decent sewing machine!

Explore the scrumptious possibilities of felt with me as I create hats, boots, wall hangings, figurines, 3D structures and a sketchbook.

The aim of this book is to experiment with a new process and see how it can be combined and layered with sewn textiles, threads and yarns.

I called this book "Melting and Felting", not because there are a great deal of my melting techniques in this book but because the spirit of my work is still the same. It's still about "melting together" different textures into one piece.

The image opposite is a detail of a felt and textiles sketchbook I produced for this book.

All my textiles books are available as printable digital downloads from Lulu.com.

The Book

Melting and Felting

A "How-To" Textiles E-Book

Full of Delicious Felt Eye Candy!

Over 230 Full Colour Images

Over 230 pages of textiles

In Acrobat PDF Format

Melting and Felting includes:

Rachel's really basic and lazy felt technique

Adding felt to textiles

Adding textiles to felt - using up those odds and ends and off-cuts

Adding threads, yarn, string and even moss to felt!

Felting beads

Needle-felting flat pictures and figurines

Hand-stitching into felt with yarn

Felted shapes

Felt pictures

Experimental felted shawls, scarves, hats and boots

Felt vessels, sculptures, structures and cocoons

Making a mess!

Felt sketchbook - using up all those felt experiments

Crammed full of work in progress photos

Felted Beads - These are some of the felted beads I made to decorate my felt projects.

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Making felt balls is possibly one of my favourite things about felting.

Included in my e-book, Melting and Felting, is a step-by-step guide to making your own felt balls.

They're so fun to make because once you have your ball base you can add lots of interesting fibres to the surface. I even explore adding bits to the centre of the balls and using natural materials like moss and seed casings.

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Learn to Needle Felt... - ...with this starter kit!

Colonial Needle CNFK-1 Needle Felting Starter Kit
Colonial Needle CNFK-1 Needle Felting Starter Kit

Needle felting is loads of fun- a good option for those of you who are irritated by soap. Just watch out for your fingers when you're using that needle!

 

Felt Cocoon - Soft-Coloured Felt Cocoon.

These felt cocoons were based on a short story I wrote about a child who could manipulate fabrics.

No, they are not weird slippers!

Full work in progress photos are included in Melting and Felting.

This is my favourite cocoon. I love the felt balls I made for this piece- they have all sorts of yummy decoration like locks of Wensleydale fibre and silk threads

Felt Cocoon - Cappuccino Maltesers Felt Cocoon!

I used a white scarf as the base fabric for this piece - I love the way the fringing flows around the "face".

Felt Cocoon - Nature Cocoon

This cocoon was made using all sorts of bits and bobs - like felt with moss inside - felt balls with moss, seedpods, melted and knitted tights, handmade yarn etc.

Felt Shawl - Felt Shawl featured in Melting and Felting.

This shawl (or wrap) is one of the projects documented in Melting and Felting with a series of work in progress photos and instructions.

This shawl is made from layers of corriedale sliver, merino, pink and silver net, patches of offcuts from textiles pieces and novelty yarns.

Felt Cave Painting - Blame it on reading "The Clan of the Cave Bear"!

This is a work in progress image of a "Cave painting" piece I produced for Melting and Felting.

The simplicity of cave paintings lend themselves to the loose look of felt images.

You can see this project progress in Melting and Felting.

Felt to Stitch - By Sheila Smith

Felt to Stitch: Creative Felting for Textile Artists
Felt to Stitch: Creative Felting for Textile Artists

This is one of the books on my wishlist.

 

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      sheezie77 

      6 years ago

      Very interesting article, nice job! Squidlike

    • ludyshubs profile image

      ludyshubs 

      7 years ago

      You are very creative. Congratulations on LoTD!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Awesome, your ebook sounds like something I would be interested in, I love needle felting and playing with fibers, roving. I have a tutorial for making beads from baby wipes which I hope to publish soon. I am going to feature this lens on my beginners guide to needlefelting, love it !

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      jlshernandez 

      7 years ago

      These are such unique ideas. Lensrolled to The Joy of Wool Felting. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

    • Rachel Field profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel Field 

      7 years ago

      @mysticmama lm: Thanks so much, Bambi :D

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      Bambi Watson 

      7 years ago

      You come up with the coolest ideas! :)

    • Rachel Field profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel Field 

      7 years ago

      @darciefrench lm: Wow! Thank you so much! That's really lovely of you.

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      darciefrench lm 

      7 years ago

      Rachel your artwork is amazing, and your spirit shines so bright! I love how creative you've been with diversity, your capacity to turn 'nothing' into something wonderful is beautiful to witness.

    • Rachel Field profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel Field 

      7 years ago

      @ZablonMukuba: Thanks :)

    • ZablonMukuba profile image

      ZablonMukuba 

      7 years ago

      this lens is awesome

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      tandemonimom lm 

      7 years ago

      Amazing! I love the felt cocoons!

    • Rachel Field profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel Field 

      9 years ago

      [in reply to Sarunas] Thanks :D

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      Sarunas 

      9 years ago

      Awesome lens.

      5 stars from. Well Done and Keep it up. : )

    • Rachel Field profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel Field 

      9 years ago

      [in reply to alteredkat] Thank you :)

      Yes, I don't know how they do it without stabbing their fingers! I've needlefelted quite a big doll before (with old bits of wadding in the core so I didn't use too much wool) but I've never tried making anything very small.

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      Tarra99 

      9 years ago

      I am in awe of those needle felters who create the iphone or little animals...amazing as are those cocoons! 5*

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