New felted dress by »fabulous felt«
Felted Dress, the process of making:
The inspiration for this dress came from the necklace that I made first.
I have made some strips of prefelt that are laid on the table first (see two lines on the dress perpendicular to all the strands).
Then made more than a thousand wet and thin (and quite long) strands of wool.
First layer of the strands was then covered with square bubble wrap and then the second layer was put on the top. The ends are hanging freely on the side of the table. I had to keep the strands wet otherwise they will puff up and felt together! So once the dress was started it had to be felted for 13 hours without a break!
Next there was a shape of a dress on the top of it. Again two strips of prefelt were laid out and then covered with woolen strands. This time the strands were cut exactly on the point when they were covering the prefelt strips. Having laid two layer of strands I have covered them with the final strip of prefelt and sanded only the strips of prefelt, avioiding to sand the strands of wool.
The problem with this dress is; all the strips of wool had to be repeatedly torn and separatated during felted process. If I sanded the strips of wool that was it they will be very hard to separate.
The good thing about this dress is that is felts only width wise, and it extends length wise. Hence the dress on the table looks shorter than the finished one!
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