When I make a round pod, even though I stuff it full of material to shape it when fulled and spend an age steaming it, I still get wrinkles around the middle at the widest point running vertically, any tips please?
UPDATE - I have been looking online at photos of artists pods/vessels and I can see wrinkles.
I have made pods, using a circular resist, where the wrinkles are so fine they don't really show ... I have also made pods that have obvious wrinkles.
I think the answer for me is fourfold:
1) Getting the right amount of fibre near to, and around the edge of the resist makes a vast difference to my ability to get a smooth pod. Too bulky and there will be chunky wrinkles - not enough fibre and there will be weak spots.
2) The type of fibre I use makes a difference too - coarser fibres don't show wrinkles so much.
3) Being careful to lay the fibre so that the density is as equal as is possible across the resist and equal both sides.
4) Being gentle with the felting and at first when fulling until the felt looks smooth, then I can bash it about, and of course complete fulling is essential.
Many thanks Lyn for the comprehensive reply. I thought wrinkles may occur with Merino more so than with a coarse wool. I understand what you are saying regarding laying the fibres, practice I guess. A bit of subtle beading maybe.
Thanks Jill. I stuff the pod with soft towels to get into all the available space, I use the handle of a wooden spoon for even more leverage. Thanks for the other good points, I have taken them on board.
Quick tip for a small pod that I've discovered (the pod size and the shape in the tutorial).
I have a round baby rattle that's great for shaping and it just about fits into the hole at the top of the pod.
Well, you know how sometimes you just feel like playing around? When the pod was in its last stage of fulling, I put the rattle inside the pod and twirled it around - the pod stayed on the rattle because of centrifugal force.
I twirled the pod this way and that on the rattle - different speeds got the rattle working different parts of the pod - and I twirled it upside down too until it was as stiff as a board and couldn't be fulled further.
You'll only get the one shape, but it's the shape I wanted anyway.
p.s. Unless you like wiping up splatters of water from the walls and furniture, do it outside. Oh, and when you slow down the speed of the twirling, be ready to catch the pod otherwise it drops onto the muddy lawn.
Post by luvswool and dyestuff on Apr 12, 2017 13:04:11 GMT
Tracey, I see that Marilyn included her tip for you. Only thing I can add about pods is that the 3-D process was so much more challenging for me than using flat felt. Marilyn modeled the process for me as we made our pods side by side. That really helped!