Wet felting is used to bind animal fibers, usually wool, by matting, condensing, and pressing them together to form a solid piece of cloth. In the felting process, hot (sometimes cold) soapy water is applied to layers of wool while repeated agitation and compression cause fibers to weave together into a single piece of fabric.
Felt is a durable natural material with antibacterial properties, stain-resistant, repels liquids, insulates even when wet and keeps you warm in the winter.
Nuno Felting is a rather new technique, invented in 1992 by Polly Sterling, an Australian fiber artist. The name is derived from the Japanese word “Nuno” meaning ‘cloth’. The technique involves felting loose fibers, usually wool, into a sheer fabric such as silk gauze or other open weave fabric, creating a soft, lightweight, and durable fabric. Nuno felted fabric is ideal for scarves, shawls, etc. or whenever you desire a lightweight fabric with a surface design.