Felting is a natural process of tangling the fibres

Wool becomes felted when subjected to moisture, heat, friction, and pressure. Wool has scales that open when wet; layering the wool in a parallel fashion and applying some form of agitation causes the wool to tighten into a solid mat. Illustrated below is laying out the wool for wet felting.

Gotland wool is among the best for felting. It can be used on its own or in conjunction with other popular felting wools like merino.

Making flat felt is easy and can be achieved by laying out the wool as illustrated , applying soap, warm water and rubbing. Flat felt can be used for any project, including cushion covers, journal covers and scarves.

wet felting with gotland wool at the Woolshed Canaan, Takaka Hill, New Zealand

Alternatively you can needle felt your design. A felting needle has barbs cut into its metal shaft allowing the needle to snag and intertwine the wool when forced through the fibres. You can work your felting needle through wet or dry wool or combine the processes for the desired effect. Sculptural needle felting is a way of making felted shapes. See the needle felting kits on the woolshop page.

Felting Courses

To enquire about felting tutorials please use the contact form. Alternatively contact us on

03 5287906

Make a felted soap for $ 8
You can do this at The Woolshed anytime during opening hours.