To continue with some things I've learned.
I was able to study with Vilte Kazlauskaite, who is a feltmaker from Lithuania. I love the relief textures she gets in her felt garments and was excited to learn some of her techniques. The main thing that I learned from Vilte is that textural surface embellishments are relatively easy to control if they are placed face down onto the felting mat. Then they are covered with a very thin layer of super fine merino which acts as a "glue" to attach the various embellishments to a thin backing cloth. (In this case I used 3 mm chiffon.)
|Above, various textures viewed from their back side|
|Fiber laid on top of the textures.|
|Silk chiffon laid on top of stack and then wetted down.|
|Finished texture study after felting.|
Here is the sample vest I made. I want to do one in color, with the cotton voile fabrics like I used in my friend Kathe's scarf, but I'm still looking for the "right" fabrics to do this. This vest is made with various creams and whites silk habotai and chiffon. The fiber was 19 micron white merino.