Merino Prefelt is short-fibered merino batting that has been partially felted into very thin sheets on industrial needle felting machines. It's a favorite for needle felted doll clothes. Since the wool is not quite felted, it can be torn (or cut) leaving fluffy edges that can be needle felted right to the dolls. No sewing is necessary to make clothes for your needle felted dolls using prefelt.
The end result is a very delicate wool fabric that can be finished into strong 100% Felt with either traditional wet felting methods or our favorite method of felting -Needle Felting!
It can be used similar to batting - especially for small detail like shading and even for eyes. Just tear a small bit off and fluff it up with your fingertips to use it like you would use batting.
It can be cut into designs, layered and flat needle felted. I made tropical print prefelt using this method to use for Li'l Weird Al's shirt but you can embellish all kinds of things - anything you could embellish with wool roving or batting, can be embellished with prefelt. I share lot's of examples, here, of how I use it in doll clothing.
Prefelt is widely used for traditional wet and nuno felting and here at Felt Alive we are pioneering its use as clothing in needle felted doll making. Besides that, there are endless possibilities and we'd love to see what you do with your prefelt!
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