This website will be about all things felt, no not feelings felt but the man made fabric felt.
What is Felt…
Felt has been being made and used for thousands, probably over five thousand years. It is truly a man made fabric. Most man made fabrics are generally woven but felt is made in a totally different way.
A felted fabric is made from textile fibers being compressed and matted together using heat, moisture and a Lot of pressure. This process also takes quite a bit of time and a lot of work. But this process will created a very useful fabric that is very dense, strong with permanently interwoven fibers. Depending what it is made from it can be very soft and fuzzy!
Did you check out the picture of the cute felt hat above. Rachael Renee’ Photos, a great photographer, can take beautiful photos like that.
What is Felt made from…
Felt is made from several different types of textiles. Felt can be made from natural fibers such as wool or animal fur. For thousands of years that is what was used. For the softest highest quality felt, wool is most preferred.
Now that we have different man made fibers, these can be used also, such as wood based rayon and petroleum based acrylics. The fibers can be used alone and used in combination with other textiles.
When combining the wool or fur with man made fibers the felt will be different, have different qualities and can be used for different purposes.
What is Felt used for…
For over 5 thousand years felt has been used for many purposes. Felt can be used for arts and crafts, making fun things but, originally wool felt was used to make clothes, hats, saddle pads for horses and used for insulation. Felt wool has great insulating properties and resists rain very well.
With it’s very unique qualities Felt can be used for a wide range of purposes.
How felt is made…
As mentioned before felt is very labor intensive but can be made in several different ways.