Yes, I am the feltmaker behind sFELT, and I make wearable pieces of art, including dresses, tunics, scarves, shawls, hats, vests, bags and brooches.
I use a variety of raw wools, silks and surface design techniques that are constantly evolving. The wool and silks are often hand-dyed to provide a wide palette, and then hand-felted to create an amazing textile and wearable styles.
I live in Chelsea, Quebec and work out of my home studio, overlooking the Gatineau River.
Currently, you can find my work at:
GALERIE OLD CHELSEA
783 ROUTE 105
LA FAB -- Centre des arts, de la culture et du patrimoine de Chelsea, on the main street in Chelsea, Quebec
Felt is a non-woven textile created by the compression of wool. With the use of water and soap, wool fibres migrate and interlock with each other to create a permanent and strong fabric.
Felted wool fabric is one of the most ancient textiles.
In fact, there is evidence of the use of felt for garments and decorative wall hangings from the 6th century B.C. in Europe and Asia. In Asia, particularly Mongolia, felt is still used for nomadic tents (yurts), clothing, blankets and storage bags.
In recent years there has been a resurgence of felt making in Europe and North America.
Unlike weaving, felt is not confined by a rigid grid. Felting is much more a process of painting with fibre. Felting is also a highly tactile process of transformation from loose fibres to a substantive textile.
Felt — a truly timeless textile, and the ultimate in eco-chic!
CARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR FELTED PRODUCTS
All felt pieces contain wool, and need to be cared for accordingly.
Scarves can be gently hand-washed with Eucalan, or any other gentle soap, recommended for woolens, rolled in a towel, ironed to block and hung to dry.
All hats should be dry-cleaned, and never use a washing machine or rough hand-washing for your felted garments.
Above all — enjoy this wonderful textile!
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