Felted Gloves by Elena Naydenova
Price for the online vesion: 35$

Elena Naydenova (St Peterburg, Russia) managed to unite two passions: fashion design and feltmaking. She loves experimenting and gives a personal touch to all of her projects. Felting school online already presented Elena's "Mosaic coat" tutorial.
"Felted gloves" video tutorial is suited for both beginners and advanced felt makers. With the help of this tutorial, you can learn and polish your skills in making thin and elastic felt without working large-scale. It goes into details about template-making, layout, felting with the electric sander, fulling, and finishing projects. Elena Naydenova suggests you to take several simple steps to create gorgeous gloves, from design and template to the final touch. You will make a pair of gloves - warm, elastic and completely seamless. You may create winter gloves, or light-weight gloves for spring, or a pair of elegant evening gloves. You may choose fingerless mittens or warm gloves.

What's in the master class?
Part 1: Introduction. Materials and equipment
We will need fine felting wool in tops (19-21 micron), vegetal fibers like viscose or bamboo for color and plasticity and – although it is not a must – some angora rabbit fibers. You may also experiment with yak or very soft alpaca wool or similar fibers or stay with merino wool.

You will need some bubble-wrap and a ball browse sprinkler. Feel free to use your favorite felting tools like small washboards and your favorite soap as well. Later, you may need some buttons or beads for decoration.

Elena strongly recommends using the electric sander; it helps a lot during the first steps of felting.

Material list

  1. Plastic sheeting like laminate underlay for making template for felting and a permanent marker
  2. Merino wool 19-21 micron in tops, appr. 20 grams (with some surplus)
  3. Vegetal fibers like viscose, Tencel, bamboo, appr. 20 grams (with some surplus)
  4. Hand carder or pet slicker brush
  5. Standard felting tools: water, ball browse, soap, towels, gloves
  6. Electric sander
  7. Scissors for plastic and for fabric, sewing tools, some decor elements (optional).
2. The principles of constructing patterns: you can draw a template for felting any fish.
Elena's templates for the classical gloves are giant, while those for fingerless and gloves are smaller. Elena works with the shrinkage from 2,0 to 1,4.

In the attachment you will find 3 templates in pdf format which you may use right away unless your size is very different from the average one (for example, gloves for children).

Part 3: Laying out the decorative fibers (viscose or bamboo)
Elena starts with the viscose; she knows this material very well. The best way is to card or brush viscose and create tiny "clouds". I can use hand carder or a simple pet brush.
Part 4: Laying out the wool
It is very important to lay the wool very precisely. Elena explains how to use the diagonal layout in order to get elastic felt.
Elena is using angora rabbit wool for this project (although it is optional). It will make these gloves especially warm and soft.
Part 5: Felting and finish
Elena works with the electric sander. In principle, it is optional for this project, but she strongly recommends using it. Then she shows her techniques for felting and fulling. And then it is time for the finish. You may use buttons or beads, or some embroidery.
About the author of the tutorial
Elena Naydenova
Elena Naydenova is a professional tailor and fashion designer known for her unique feminine style clothing.
Ten years ago, while searching for the new textures and surface designs she discovered felting, and has been working with wool ever since. She uses this material to create clothing collections from contemporary to traditional, from classical to extravagant.

Elena's collections "The Red and the Black", "The geometry of color", "The Mistress of the Copper Mountain", "Earth gravity" (see photos) received many awards and nominations. She regularly participates in different exhibitions - "The new life of traditions "and "Felt Fest" in St Petersburg, Patchwork Festival in Suzdal, Ethno Fashion Festival.
Elena Naydenova has created several tutorials to show numerous possibilities of felting, like "Making gloves", "Mosaic coat" and "Patchwork coat". She is well known for adapting classical tailoring techniques to felted clothing, she enjoys developing new ideas and novel approaches. Elena's felted garments are always well-fitting. She makes clothes for women to feel empowered, safe, comfortable and proud of themselves.

About a decade ago, Elena and her colleague found an abandoned hat atelier in the heart of St. Petersburg and transformed it into their studio. You may follow their success story on Elena Naydenova's Facebook page (currently only in Russian language). Those precious hat blocks, old sewing machines and other equipment at their textile workshop look breathtaking!

We have translated the first video tutorial where Elena shows how to make a beautiful mosaic coat and a hat (bonus).
How do I order?
This tutorial is suitable for the beginners.

After the payment the download link will be sent to your e-mail in 24 hours (please indicate your email if it is different from your pay pal address). If you have any questions, please contact us via email: school@feltru.com (Elena Samodivka).

This master-class is
  • Multi-camera video
  • Quality: HD video
  • Language: English

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