Wool batt or roving which do you like to work with and why?
I personally like batt, it is in my opinion easier and faster to felt. The fibers go in all directions, batt being cleaned and carded.
Roving is cleaned, carded and combed until the fibers all go in one direction. I think using roving is more work and takes longer to needle.
What do you like? Neysa
Core fiber is usually white wool, which is not always the best to felt it is generally to soft. Some white felts very well it the breed of sheep it comes from. Using a core fiber is just a way to save on wool. But if your project is small why use a core fiber... use the wool you would to finish the project.
I wouldn't pay for core fiber... polyester stuffing is just as good if not better. Neysa
I appreciate that tip, Neysa, I wouldn't have known about having a core fiber let alone using batt vs rovings. When I think of Batt I am thinking the stuff I used in quilts. So I am thinking I am way off base....is the batt you are refering to a courser rougher fiber, is it something you crunch into a little ball prior to felting?
I guess I am a little confused, not hard to believe for anyone who knows me.
Dilu, maybe the following photo's will help... the colored wool is "batt" it's clean wool the is fed through the carding machines just a few times so that the fibres are going in all directions. "Roving" the second picture - camel colored .... it is clean wool that if fed through the carding machine multiple times and "combed" so all the fibres are going in one direction... note how you can see this in the picture. Roving is what spinners use they just pull strands from the roving to spin. Does that help any??? Neysa
Now I know what your talking about!!! In that case then I must like the wool "batt" the best. Because even though I have only used roving, I pull the roving apart so that the srands become all higglety pigglety. Other wise I end up with long lines on my felting work. AHA!!! Now I know what's going on. Thankyou Neysa. This would've taken me ages to work out on my own :doh:
I'm "batty" like you , Neysa. I think it felts up beautifully. The roving works best for me when I pull it all apart to mix up the direction of fibers.
Core wool, in my personal, opinion feels kind of yucky and is lumpy. I can understand why you would use it for the core of a project though.
Great pictures Neysa. Those colors are yummy