I use a number of fibre art techniques in my work. Here is a brief explanation of the techniques I use most often.
Needle felting is a process that uses a barbed needle to interlock the naturally occurring barbs or scales in wool fibres. The wool fleece is repeatedly poked with a very sharp barbed needle until the wool fibres blend together.
Wet felting is a process that uses water, soap and pressure to interlock the naturally occurring barbs in wool fibres. I often combine needle and wet felting in my work.
Traditionally done on a loom, weaving interlaces two sets of fibres, the warp and the weft. While the loom is “dressed” with the warp, there is more freedom with the placement of the weft which is interwoven into the warp fibres. I usually show my woven tapestries on a simple wood dowel, giving its owner alternative hanging options.