I am always excited when I’m about to felt. It’s wonderful to use the wool of a beautiful sheep. When feltmaking it’s not only the process of creation but also a experience of touch and feel. Different wools behave differently. There are many ways to reach the end result but within that there is always an element beyond your control. And that is the essence of making felt.
There are hundreds types of sheep and each has it own characteristic with individual fleeces varying. I get the wool, ethically sourced, from reputable suppliers, directly from breeders and locally, when possible. Besides the well known Merino wool, I enjoy using other type such as Jacob, Kerry Hill, Finnish, Norwegian, Corriedale, Galway, Belgium, French merino… And I am still discovering. Of course, the wool choice depends on what I want to create, if I need more texture and structure or a smoother surface.
I discovered the craft of felting years ago and attended technical workshops and masterclasses with international tutors over the years. Developing my own design and process is always ongoing but once you work with wool felt, you discover there is no limit.