Yes, felting can be a messy process, and I never realised quite ‘how much’ until I had to apply some diligence to my practice – some way from those childhood ‘fuzzy felts’ farm scenes I used to enjoy making, hovering pigs and giant flowers included.
I use the ‘wet’ felting technique to create my base canvas. This requires large quantity of very hot water (bless the electric kettle), and even larger number of old towels, curtains and rags to mop up the excess water and soap suds; oh and of course a table and some ‘space’, which comes at a premium in my house… so what better place than the kitchen!
Much rolling and elbow grease later, it’s always with slight trepidation I unroll the mat, lift the net, to then decide on my next move… hmm, this looks like it may take sometime, and the kitchen studio will have to remain wet and messy for a few more days yet.
Next, the studio moves to the lounge, stay tune.