Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Felting or Fulling?

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between felting and fulling? No? Well, too bad, you are about to find out anyway!

Wet felting is the process of taking raw fiber or fleece and subjecting it to heat, moisture, and agitation until the fibers interlock and form a fabric. The result is the non-woven fabric known as felt.

Fulling is the process of taking a woven fabric, such as a commercial sweater or an item you knit yourself, subjecting it to heat, moisture, and agitation until the individual strands interlock to form a thicker, fluffier fabric. The result is a fabric that is much warmer for the same weight.

Most people, I have found, use the term “felting” in place of “fulling”. In fact, if you were to use the term “fulling” you may well be treated like you don’t know what you are talking about or like you are one of those people who like to make up words in a vain attempt to appear smarter. So, in the name of "jumping off a bridge because that’s what everyone else is doing", I also use the word “felting” in place of “fulling”. Yeah, I know, peer-pressure in its most base and evil form!