Felt is a non-woven fabric that has been around for at least
6,000 years. It is most easily made from sheep fleece, though the possibilities
using other fibers are endless. I begin with washed, dyed and carded (fluffed)
wool. I arrange the fibers in layers in the desired shape, placing each
layer of fiber in a different direction. This makes the fabric stronger.
These layered fibers are then worked with moisture, heat and soap and repeated
pressure until the wool begins to "felt" or harden. The individual
fibers begin to hold together or "knot." The felt is then worked
further to become the final shape.
Because felt is an ancient craft that is still around today, there are numerous
choices available for each stage of creation: the carding, felting and fulling.
The process chosen to create flat or three dimensional shapes can be one
of many different traditional techniques, or a combination of techiniques.
THE HAT COLLECTION
Hat Number 1
Hat Number 2
Hat Number 3
Hat Number 4
With a background in clothing and costume design and construction,
I became fascinated with not only the range of possibilities offered by
felt, but also the ability to create the actual fabric for a given piece.
Hats are my primary focus at this point, but I am eagerly experimenting
in designing single piece (no sewing) vests and jackets.
For more information or inquiries call
Pawlet, Vermont 05761