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CBeebies Zingzillas

We are regularly featured in CRAFTS BEAUTIFUL Magazine as well as numerous other craft publications.  We also supply felt and craft supplies to clothing store White Stuff and TV Show CBeebies 'Zingzillas'.  We also supply the holiday childcare company Super Camps

A Guide to Felting

Useful Information and Terminology

 

Batt

The term "Batt" refers to a sheet of carded fibres

Blends

The term used when a number of fibres have been "blended" together by "carding" (see below) to create different effects

Carding

Carding is the term used to prepare the wool or fibre for spinning.  This is the last stage before wools and fibres are spun.  Carding can be done by hand or on a machine.

Crimp

The "crimp" is the regular wave over the length of wool fibres

Drum Carder

A Drum Carder is a tool with two or more drums covered in a carding cloth and metal "teeth" which, when turned will blend or "card" your fibres together.  This is a great way to create your own custom blends of fibres.  YouTube is a great resource for drum carding tutorials and videos

Fulling

Fulling is a way of "felting" a ready knitted piece.  "Fulling" usually occurs when washing an item containing more than 80% pure wool, in a very hot wash in a washing machine.  The action of the washing machine, combined with the hot soapy water will cause the items to shrink and "felt" the fibres together

Hand Held Carders

These are brushes (similar to brushes you could use to groom a dog), which can be used to blend or "card" your fibres together (similar to a drum carder).  Hand held carders are great for children to use and for using to blend small amounts of fibres

Microns

Wools and fibres are graded in microns (meaning micrometre) and this is the measurement used to describe the diameter for the wool fibre.  The lower the micron, the finer the wool  

Needle Felting

Needle felting in a way of producing felt with barbed needles.  No soap or water is required and needle felting is sometimes also referred to as "dry felting".  Felting needles have tiny little barbs on the end which, when used on unspun wool, will felt and tangle the fibres together.  The action of "stabbing" the unspun wool or fibres will felt it together.  Many people create sculptural needle felted pieces, think cats, dogs, people etc.  Others use needle felting as a way of "painting with wool" whereby they will create pictures such as portraits or landscapes onto a flat piece of felt.  We offer a full range of needle felting supplies here at Blooming Felt

Nepps

Nepps are tiny balls of wool that can be added to fibres to give a bumpy effect.  Nepps are commonly used by makers of "Tweed" fabric - you know how the tweed sometimes has what looks like little knots in the fabric ?  Well, they're nepps.  We sell nepps in a range of colours here at Blooming Felt

Rolag

A rolag is a type of fibre preparation, usually used for spinning wool, whereby the fibres have been hand-carded and then rolled up into a tube.  This then makes it easier to spin the wool on a wheel

Roving

Roving is the term for a long strand of carded fibres.  It's similar to a giant rope and it can then be used for felting and needle felting.  It can also be spun on a wheel to create wool yarn, suitable for knitting

Sliver

A Sliver is a long bundle of loose untwisted fibre that is generally used to spin into yarn.  A Sliver is created by carding or combing the fibre, which is then drawn into long strips where the fibre is parallel.  When the Sliver is drawn or pulled further and given a slight twist, it becomes roving

Spinning

The term "Spinning" describes the process used to make yarn from un-spun wool.  Spinning is done on a wheel and the action of drawing the fibres out (lengthening and twisting them) will create yarn suitable for knitting

Tops

Wool tops are long, even lengths of fibres that have been combed, making the fibres ready for felting, needle felting or spinning

Vegetable Matter

You will sometimes see the wording "may contain vegetable matter" when describing felting wools and fibres. Vegetable matter is used to describe things like straw, leaves etc which may have become caught up in the fibre and have not been fully removed.  Whilst we make every effort to ensure our felting wools and fibres have most vegetable matter removed, sometimes bits get missed and so we like to make you aware that there is a possibility that the wool and fibres might still contain small amounts of vegetable matter,  You are then able to check and remove it yourself (if necessary) before spinning or felting with the wools and fibres

Wet Felting

Wet felting is the term used to make felt using soap and water.  The fibres are wetted with warm soapy water and then agitated by hand.  This agitation will cause the fibres to knit together and create a piece of felt.  There are lots of tutorials and videos available on the internet - YouTube is a particularly good resource