This summer I was approached by a local felting group who wanted me to run a drum carding workshop for them.
I've taught drum carding workshops so many times now that I can pretty much do them standing on my head, but they'd always been for spinning groups, so taught with a view to making batts that are great for spinning.
I'm a dabbler in felting, rather than an expert. I know just enough to realise how little I actually know! So out came the drum carder, and it was time to put some ideas in to practise.
I knew I wanted to get them experimenting with texture, and colours, and that we were definitely going to be using more wools than just merino.
The bunting above is the result of all my sampling, and I learned loads from doing it...
When I card to spin I like my fibres to be well blending, but with felting doing 1 less pass on the drum carder gives a better effect. I also found I needed far more of the textural fibre than I would include for spinning blends.
I also really love the feel of the felt made with some added fleece, it made the piece feel much more bouncey. Even the ones where I included some Shetland or BFL tops in with the merino really helped the feel of the finished piece.
I think I might stick to my spinning though... one thing a day of making samples brings home is just how energetic felt making is!