Felbi Tips

  • Think of Felbi prefelt as a fine layer of felting wool and treat it much the same when felting. You can add other felting supplies (eg. silk, rayon) to the Felbi in the same way you would to a base of wooltops for embellishment.
  • Felbi can be wet felted using soap, water and agitiation or dry felted on a machine embellisher or with a needle punch.
  • Cut Felbi into strips to create a felted lattice.
  • Think of the Felbi as the 'glue' that bonds different fibres together (eg wool, silk, cotton, synthetics) through the process of wet felting.
  • Create a patchwork. A strip of Felbi placed on each side of a piece of material(sandwiched) will help the fibres to find each other when felted, “grabbing” that material in between. I call this technique “stripping”
  • When creating large felted wall works use the Felbi prefelt as your base. Reduces your layout time enormously.
  • Use Felbi like “fuzzy felts”. Great for children to cut out their own designs and then felt these onto a contrasting backing piece of Felbi.
  • Felt two layers of contrasting Felbi colours together to obtain beautiful felted colour blends.
  • Cut into thin strips and design your own felted laceworks for edgings or whole pieces.
  • Cut some holes into sections of your Felbi before you felt. Add these “negatives” as design features into other sections of your work.
  • Amazing affects can be achieved by creating some felt out of the Felbi then dyeing it using a variety of resists. Think tie-dying and shibori techniques.
  • Felbi, once felted, is ideal for making stuffed dolls and teddy bears, and dolls clothing.
  • Create “yardage’ out of your felted Felbi, then sew it up into clothing. No grain lines to contend with when laying out your pattern, maximising your yardage. No finishing of seams required.
  • If a piece of Felbi needle felt is too thick for your requirements it can be carefully stretched out to the desired thickness before you commence felting.