Hi, I'm new here. Does anyone have experience wet felting with dog fur? I've collected my Husky's fur, dyed it with beetroot, chamomile, tumeric and food dye ( I love purple). I've carded the fur using dog brushes. I read in a thread that angora is quite fly away and am thinking husky fur will be similar as it's so light and fluffy and the strands not so long. Any tips with dyeing and felting appreciated
Welcome! Dog fur will felt usually but it depends on the breed. I would try making a small sample first and see how it felts by itself.
If it is really soft and doesn't harden up, you might consider mixing it with wool or using it as a top layer over wool. It also depends on what you are making. If it's something that takes a lot of wear and tear, then it needs to be fulled hard. But if it is a wall hanging, it can be softer.
yes, it is very bread dependant. Husky undercoat should felt. The guard hairs will shed out. I agree with either mixing it or adding it as a top layer. The other problem you are going to have is the beetroot colour will not stick. It is a fugitive dye. It fades to a soft grey pretty quickly. The other colours will takeover so it should still be nice. If you make something that gets washed the turmeric will need to be reapplied too.
Post by frabjous fabrica on Jul 15, 2020 7:50:42 GMT
Another possible problem could be smell. Some dogs, usually labs and retrievers but there are some others, that produce a particularly strong "doggy" smell and that very often does not disappear when it's felted. Or it may seem to when the felt is dry, but don't wear it out in the rain! I once collected some beautiful soft and silky fur from a gorgeous honey coloured retriever, but it didn't get further than the front door. As soon as I opened the bag the smell almost knocked me out! Cat fur works well too - usually without the "tom cat" smell. I harvested lots of fluff from my long haired moggy and spun it up. I still have it in a ball, which is all felted quite hard, even though it's done nothing more than sit on a shelf for years.