creations and decor by Dalia
Thank you for visiting my page. I hope you will be able to find something for yourself or your family members or just something unique for your home, that no one has it. All my handmade pieces are made using wool (after sheep gets haircut) soap, water and my hands. The uses of felt are limited only by one’s imagination and creativity.
I hope you enjoy my handmade items as much as I enjoy making them for you.
*My felting started 10 years ago. After purchasing cool looking slippers in Europe. I was amazed with the looks and wasn't sure how it was made. With Google's help I learned about wool felting. At that time my first grandson was born. I began learning wet felting. I wanted to make something unique for my first grandson. My first felting was the blanket after that was hats, vest and then I decided to make slippers. When my grandson wore wool slippers and said Cozy cozy wool, i decided that is time for my new hobby .
Wool and felting
Sheep either shed their wool and it can then be gathered for human use, or they are shorn one or twice a year for health reasons and the wool then becomes something the sheep doesn't need any more and humans are free to use. Wool is widely used in clothing from knitwear such as socks and jumpers to cloth used for suits and costumes. It is used in the furniture trade both for making chair covers and for upholstery. Wool is usually specified for garments for firefighters. Every wool fiber has a natural elasticity and wave or crimp that allows it to be stretched as much as one-t third and then spring back into place. Its complex cellular structure also enables it to absorb moisture vapor, but repel liquid. No synthetic fiber has been able to combine all of these characteristics.
Wool is comfortable to wear in both warm and cool climates. This is because wool is an absorbent fiber. When the air is cool and damp, wool absorbs moisture and keeps a layer of dry insulating air next to the skin. When it is warm, that same absorption capacity takes up perspiration and keeps insulating dry air next to the skin, making the body's natural cooling system work better.
Wool Fiber diameter varies by breeds of sheep and is used to determine the purpose of the wool. Wool made up of smaller diameter fibers or fine wool is used for clothing while wool made up of larger diameter fibers or coarse wool is used for carpets and rugs.
To produce a felt fabric, the basic raw material is always the same but the production method can vary. The raw material that is common to all methods is a protein fiber derived from an animal source, most often wool. Other protein fibers such as mohair, angora, alpaca, and some furs can also be successfully felted. Why only animal fibers? It is because these fibers have a unique surface structure which consists of overlapping scales. These scales in reaction to being plunged into hot water, open up and latch on to each other creating new formations. This interlocking process is further aided by rubbing the scales together through some form of agitation such as kneading by hand or the action of a washing machine. Further scale mixing is achieved by making the scales slippery with the aid of a sudsy, soapy solution. Once these scales have found their new positions on the surface of the fabric, there is no going back. These newly-positioned scales remain locked together in their latest relationships and the happy result is felt.