How to Felt Wool – Cobweb Felting

How to Felt Wool with the Cobweb Wet Felting Technique. This is Part 2 of my Wet Wool Felting Series where I show you how to make Cobweb Felted Fabric with Merino Sheep Wool Roving. This felting method is perfect for a lightweight felted scarf, shawl or summer wrap.


How to Felt Wool with the Cobweb Felting Method


How To Felt Wool – Cobweb Felting


What is Cobweb Felting?

Just like the name suggests, Cobweb Felting creates a wool felted fabric with a ‘cobwebby’ texture. Instead of a thick sheet of felted wool, a cobweb felted scarf is light and airy with thin areas and even holes.


More Wool Felting Tutorials:
– Part 1 Basic Wet Felting – How to Make Felted Fabric
– Part 3 How to Felt Wool – Nuno Felting

– Part 4 Wool Felting – Lattice Felting Method
– Part 5 3D or Resist Felting


Felting Supplies Needed:

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Wool Roving
Matchstick Blind or Bubble Wrap

– Hot Water
– Dish Detergent
– Plastic soda bottle
– Plastic table cloth


If you’ve followed my wool felting tutorials, you probably know that I usually use bubble wrap for rolling the felt. For larger wet felting projects, however, I prefer to use Matchstick Blinds.

The fiber felts faster than with bubble wrap and the blind is easier to handle than wet bubble wrap.

If you don’t have a Matchstick Blind, no worries, the bubble wrap will work fine.


Bubble Wrap and a Matchstick Blind used for felting wool


Prepare the Wool Roving

Cover your table with plastic and lay down the blind or one strip of bubble wrap.

Spread out and thin your roving by gently pulling it apart, keeping the fibers attached to each other but leaving gaps and thin areas. The width you want should be a little wider than your final scarf to allow for shrinkage.

Take your time with this and try not to leave large holes. Small ones are fine and add to the texture. Do this for the entire length of roving. Lay this out on the blind or bubble wrap.


Separating the wool roving into thinner slivers


Wool Roving thinned out, ready for felting into a scarf


If you want fringe at the ends of your scarf, go ahead and separate the fiber now. If you don’t want fringe, move on to the next step.


Making felted fringe for your wool felt scarf


Wet The Wool Roving

Fill your bottle with hot water and add a few squirts of soap. Partially cover the bottle opening with your thumb and generously sprinkle the entire scarf. (You can also poke holes in the bottle cap).

Place a piece of bubble wrap or plastic on top of the roving and with the flats of your hands, begin working the water into the fiber. Add more water as needed. You want the fiber to be completely saturated with water. Dry fiber won’t felt!


Wetting the roving

If you’re doing fringe, make sure this is also wet and again separate the strands, if needed.


Felted Fringe


Rolling the Felt Scarf

Here comes the workout! If you’re using a blind, begin at one end and tightly roll up your scarf. If you’re using bubble wrap, place a second strip on top of your scarf and roll it up from one end.

Tie in 2 or 3 places with scrap yarn or nylon hose. Place your hands on the blind (bubble wrap) and begin rolling back and forth, all the way from your fingertips to your elbows, gradually increasing pressure.

Roll about 250-300 times. Yes, you read that right! If you’re using bubble wrap, you may need to roll 400 times.


Rolling the felt wool scarf in a matchstick blind or bubble wrap


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Doing the Pinch Test

Unroll the package and check the felting progress by doing a pinch test. Just like it sounds, with your thumb and forefinger, pinch a bit of fiber and gently pull up. Is it holding together? If yes, move on to the next step. If no, continue rolling.


The Wool Felting process


Felting the Fringe

Do you want your fringe to stay flat or would you prefer it rolled? If flat, move on to the next phase. I wanted mine rolled so I took each piece of fringe and rolled it back and forth between my hands – just like you used to do with Playdoh!


Wool Felting, the Pinch Test


Felted Wool Fringe


Fulling the Felted Scarf

If you read my other tutorials for how to felt wool, you know what’s next….throwing! This will full your fiber, meaning it will shrink and complete the felting process.

Remember, at this point, your scarf is still very soft so handle it GENTLY! You don’t want to stretch out the holes too much.

So, very very carefully, pick up your scarf, wad it up and let it fall on the table. No force here, just gently let it drop. Pick it up and drop it again. Do this about 50 times.

Now, carefully lay it out and pull apart any areas that are not supposed to be sticking together. You’ll know it when you see it. Continue throwing your scarf until it’s holding together well when you pull on the fiber. It will give, but shouldn’t come apart. You will also notice that your fiber has shrunk and puckered.


The Fulling Process of Wet Felting a Scarf


Felting Techniques, How to felt wool with the Cobweb Felting technique


Finish the Cobweb Felt

Rinse out all of the soap and hang your new scarf up to dry! Voila! You just made your first Cobweb Felted Scarf!

If any of these steps are unclear, please let me know. And if you try this tutorial, please send me a photo of your creation!


Finished Cobweb Felted Scarf. How to Felt Wool

Now that you know how to felt wool with the Cobweb Felting method, go ahead and give some of these other wet felting techniques a try: Part 1 Basic Felting? See it here.


Did you see How to Felt Wool – Nuno Felting a Shawl?



Oriental Furniture Matchstick Roll Up Window Blinds, Natural, 36-Inch Wide


18″ – 15 color fine wool roving- 5 oz. – vivid colors

Comments

  1. You make this sound so easy! Why haven’t I tried this. The scarf looks fabulous. Visiting from Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party!