3-Dimensional felting, also called seamless felting is popular among felter’s making garments, vessels, hats, handbags and booties. I personally find a multitude of fitting issues with seamless garments and choose to utilize overlapping and hand stitching to create decorative seams for my vests and dresses. Having said that, I do enjoy making seamless sculptural vessels, hats, handbags and booties.
Seamless felting requires the use of a resist or template that keeps 2 flat layers of wool from felting together and allows the fibers along the edges of the 2 halves to join to create an invisible seam. It is helpful to have some basic wet felting experience before you attempt seamless felting but as I like to tell my students, almost any mistake in felting can be made to look intentional by embellishing with surface design.
Here are some examples of seamless felting:
Vessel: A resist was used to create a hollow form and several little resists were used to create surface design on the vessel.
Hat: A resist was used to create the basic shape. Some hand stitching was used to adjust the fit.
April 16th, Nuno Felt Summer Scarf/Wrap
April 23rd, 2016 Sculptural Felting