Main ingredient beautiful merino x fleece
bought at Woolfest this year.
The same merino scoured (cleaned and degreased)
and dyed, I use acid dyes which are rinsed in metipex
to remove excess dye and then rinsed in conditioner.
My carding space in the studio.
I use an Ashford wild carder
( I bought mine from Wingham Wool works)
You can of course use hand carders .
I card the merino x once to produce a rough batt.
( It can be seen to left of carder)
Then I chose my additions
This one has dyed tussah silk tops, bamboo,
silk noil and felt snipps.
Felt snips are pieces of my hand dyed merino pre-felt
that I sort into colour collections and snip into little bits.
I combine the additions in layers between
my hand dyed Merino.
So the second carding look like the above.
Apologies for photo my camera doesn't like being inside.
Then I split it into sections and card it for the third time.
I like to keep it to 3 times so it retains as much texture as possible.
Similar felting bats can be made using my felting packs