filzfun: Issue 75, summer 2022
Published on May 25
A cat or an octopus as headgear? American Rae Swon creates such extravagant creations with a felting needle. She is one of the felt artists we are presenting in the summer issue of filzfun – each with her very own signature. While Rae Swon specializes in naturalistic needle-felt sculptures, Chantal Cardinal processes raw wool into impressive works of art, and Petra C. Sommer designs and makes enchanting clothing using nunofelting techniques.
As a special extra for filzfun readers, all three artists have prepared step-by-step instructions for a felting project: a wet-felted rose as a brooch, an oversized moth in needle-felting technique as a pendant and a colorful rooster as a doorstop and decorative element for the entrance to the house.
Plastic dry felting with a needle is becoming more and more popular. But the choice of felting needles is often confusing for beginners. That’s why needle felting expert Helga Steegborn sheds some light on the subject: she explains in detail the differences between triangular, star and reverse needles and gives advice on which needle is best suited for the respective purpose.
Jörg Baltschun uses the wool of local sheep not for felting but as insulation in restored loudspeakers and reports on his experiences.