What in the World is Merino 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!
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.
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!
I used one sheet of Baby Blue Kettle Dyed Prefelt to make the suit for Li’l PSY (Korean Pop Singer.) He stands about 11″ tall.