Wet Felting Autumn Leaves

Wet felting fall leaves is a fun and adventurous process!

You can mix colors in many different hues and create something vibrant and life-like. This little tutorial should get you started!

Start with wool that will wet felt well in your chosen colors. I  like a mixture of oranges, browns, greens, purple and yellows. Try our Fall Fun Pack, or choose more colors from our MC-1 Felting Batts

Start with wool that will wet felt well in your chosen colors. I  like a mixture of oranges, browns, greens, purple and yellows. Try our Fall Fun Pack, or choose more colors from our MC-1 Felting Batts

 

A lid from a plastic storage bin is great to layout your wool, this  makes it easy to flip over and transport before wet felting. Starting  size was approx. 12″ x 13″. We created two layers by mixing  up the colors, for a total weight of 1oz.

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Prepare your surface in layers: towel, bubble wrap, mesh, wool,  mesh. Use hot water and an olive oil soap solution to fully wet the wool from the center out.The sponge helps press water though, and air out.

Use your hands to press, press, press. Gentle but firm pressure  is used to ensure the wool is wet all the way through. The  mesh on both sides of the fiber serves as a nice barrier to  prevent wool from sticking to your hands and bubble wrap.

 
 Once the wool is fully wetted, use a wooden dowel or pvc pipe as  a core to roll up your package. Roll your package firmly, making  sure not to wrinkle the fibers.Cut up fabric, and especially t-shirt
material makes great ties for your roll.

Roll the package 50 times from finger-tips to elbows. Then untie  and roll from the opposite end, rolling another 50 times. The wool  shrinks in the direction it is rolled, so repeat this from all 4  edges, flip over and repeat from all 4 edges again. Adding a small
amount of hot, soapy water to your fiber with each new roll may
help speed the felting.

 

Check your felt. A “pinch test” will reveal if your felt
is in the soft stage. The piece should slightly “tent”
from the pinch, with the fibers holding together and not pulling  apart from each other. If the fibers just separate, continue rolling  as in the previous stage another 25-30 times from each side.

Once the fibers are holding together, roll your felt over your dowel  again from all 8 sides. You can leave your bubble wrap down and  use that as your rolling surface. You can continue to “full”
your piece by rubbing with your hands, giving it hot and cold rinses,  and adding soap and water and rubbing it on your bubble wrap. Get  it as smooth and well felted as desired.

 

Here is our felt, a nice, thin piece, well felted and perfect for  cutting! Time to rinse, SQUEEZE out the water (do not wring) and  set it to dry so that it is flat. Final size was 10″x11″ = 2″  shrinkage.

 

 

You can display your leaves after they are cut, or create a more natural look by wet felting them individually. Just wet them again with
hot water and soap, and felt by rubbing them between your hands.

   
We also added some purple stitching for interest!

One ounce yielded 5 larger maple leaves in the 3″- 4″
range, and about 10 leaves in the 2″-3″ range. Have fun  and send us picture of your felted autumn leaves!


 

Click the image above for a template of leaves, find more on the internet or create your own free-hand! We simply cut out the desired shapes, laid them on our felt, and used tiny scissors to cut them out.

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