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Aside from leather craft, felting wool is a skill and craft that has been around as long as humans have been here. The basics are simple: wool, moisture and agitation to bind the fibers to each other to create a warm and durable fabric suitable for clothing, coats, blankets and even for the walls and roof of your house! In some traditional cultures, like the nomadic Mongolians, they make their yurts out of felt. Rugs, saddle blankets and footwear are other things made from felting wool.
If you would like to learn how to felt, a simple felting kit is a great place to start to make something as a gift for someone or just for fun. There are kits for toys, bags and purses, bowls, neck wraps, scarves and shawls. These kits come with all the supplies needed to make the project. Some kits have introduced a new tool to felting, the felting needles. These are useful for the dry felting technique like making dolls or small projects when you don’t want to use the water and agitation method. If buying a kit for a child, keep in mind these needles are very sharp, so take into account the child’s age. People of all ages can enjoy the process of felting and bring an ancient skill back to life to make practical and functional as well as beautiful crafts.
Here is a video that shows all the techniques in 1 project called ArtFelting:
Here are some more crafty felting kits for gifts or projects for the winter just for yourself!