The weather in California is hot! The weather provided a perfect opportunity for some wet felting. I thought it might be fun to try something new…
On top of a sheet of bubble wrap with the bubble side up, rests two layers of roving, the first layer vertical and the second horizonal. The object of my choice is a dorset button placed in the center. In order to cover the object, three layers of roving are placed in the same manner as before. To begin the fulling process, the surface of the roving is moistened with a mixture of warm water and Dawn dish washing soap. Olive oil soap is also a popular alternative. After fulling, a visible outline of the object appears. The piece has been fulled enough when the layers of roving cannot be pulled apart and the object is secure.
After rinsing the felt in cool water, a snip with scissors begins to reveal the embedded object. It is important to snip with caution because cutting to much felt away may loosen the object.
Even though the day was hot, I did not let the heat keep me from making art. Art = an idea made manifest.