Melting and Felting
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.
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!
Needle-felting flat pictures and figurines
Hand-stitching into felt with yarn
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.Click thumbnail to view full-size
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.
Excerpts and Thumbnails - Take a sneaky peek at Melting and Felting.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Learn to Needle Felt... - ...with this 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
This is one of the books on my wishlist.