I had mixed feelings about the pieces she was making (loved one, loathed the other), but I was really excited by the technique. I got myself a 5-needle felting tool and large needle-felting mat, and started to play.
In theory, as the tool works by meshing the fibres together, this technique should work on any material. I've discovered that some things work better than others. It's a great disappointment to me that ordinary cotton shirting fabric doesn't mesh well by hand-felting (as I've got loads of it!). It does work if "laminated" in place with something more fibrous, but it's not very secure.
I've used the technique to make a wedding present for a friend of mine, and I'll write more about that on a later post. For now, I'm continuing to play and discovering new ways to mesh fibres. I'm experimenting to create fabric from felted knitting wool, and in the process building quite good muscles on my right arm from punching the felting tool up and down into the mat!
The flower brooch and Christmas tree decorations are for sale in my Etsy shop.