Saturday, 23 June 2012

Free Tutorials and Silk Paper Update

I've added a new page to the blog so it's easier to find the links to my free tutorials. The new page is just under the blog banner. The tutorials are mostly photosets on flickr, but there are also some PDFs. All the tutorials were written by me and photographed by me and took a long time to do, please respect all the effort that went into them, they are for personal use only and not for reproducing or selling, thanks :)

I did get around to trying out the silk paper sheets that I made not so long ago. I first tried using the tufty bits from around the edges of the sheets to see how the paper felted. The piece I made looked a bit pale, so when I layed the wool out for the new piece, I used darker blues and purples for the background.

I was really pleased with the way it felted, though for some reason it shrank unevenly. The first piece I'd made had also shrunk unevenly, but I just assumed it was the way I lay the paper, so there were more fibres running in one direction. But both pieces had two equal layers of merino and I didn't pay particular attention to the silk paper fibres and which way they ran, and since most were two layers it shouldn't have mattered.

You can see from this angle that the silk paper felted in really nicely


  1. Nice one! I have a tiny piece of silk paper that someone gave me a few years ago that I have been planning to felt into something.. good to know that it actually DOES felt in :)

    You have made a really pretty piece of felt with it

  2. It's beautiful, Zed...and wouldn't it make one side of a pretty bag?!? (Giggle)

  3. It turned out great Zed! I always seem to get uneven shrinkage when I apply stuff like silk paper.

  4. Thanks, Deb, Heather and Ruth :)

    It was quite easy to make, too, Deborah :)
    I think it'd look great as a bag, Heather :)
    And I'm glad it's not just me, Ruth!