Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Fabrics: Felt

Felt is a non-woven textile that is produced by matting, condensing and pressing fibres together. Felt can be made of natural fibres such as wool or synthetic fibres such as acrylic. There are many different types of felts for industrial, technical, designer and craft applications. While some types of felt are very soft, some are tough enough to form construction materials. Felt can vary in terms of fiber content, colour, size, thickness, density and more factors depending on the use of the felt.

Although felt seems to be used more in arts and crafts projects there are a few clothing lines out there that do you felt as their main fabric source.  Used for costumes, hats mainly and is very environmentally friendly, which is awesome for those who are very green oriented. I found a clothing line in Hauwert, which is a Dutch province of North Holland, by 'Anneke Copier', she does have a website but it is in Dutch and you can translate it to English, take a look at her work because it is fabulous  I also found that Alexander McQueen has felt infused clothing (bottom right corner), which is amazing because I love his work and that of those who have created for him since he passed.  Who would have known that felt could be so diverse, I think felt is an amazing fabric and maybe one day I will use it for clothing myself.

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