Everything you always wanted to know about felt...

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Video excerpt from La Maison France 5. The program, shot in Marseilles, was released on 2020 January 31st. Interview Stéphane Thebaut.

After working for some years in the press and editing sector, Ghislaine went back to textile design and is particularly passionate about the transformation of wool.

Maille & feutre [Knitting&felt] is born from the combination of her long-standing passion for knitting and her recent preoccupation with felt.

Ghislaine Garcin has pioneered a combination of two techniques in order to create a novel felt, which maintains a singular texture through the use of knitting - her trademark.

Mindful of the “Slow textile” movement, the designer has chosen an entirely handmade production method ("wet felt" meaning felting with hot soapy water) and materials sensitive to the animals and environment. The wools used for the yarns are of French origin (made in Creuse) alongside European fibres (South Tyrol, Italy). The filling of the cushions is made of thermo-compressed wool (made in Auvergne), bale of spelt, or recycled wool (felt scraps, threads…).

Supple, light, elastic and strong, the fibre has a high tensile strength.
Wool regulates humidity by absorbing up to 30% of its weight in water without appearing wet. It is relatively fireproof compared with other fabrics (560°).

It protects from heat and cold, and insulates from noise.
Wool is a renewable raw-material and its production consumes little energy. It is 100% biodegradable, and fertilises the soil when composted.

Felt is a non-woven fabric obtained directly from sheep’s wool fibres. These fibres have the unique quality of intertwining under the action of heat, humidity, and movement to form a material: felt.
Wool felt has thermo and hydro-regulating properties that are unmatched by any other natural or synthetic fibre. It is an excellent thermal and acoustic insulator; antistatic; hypoallergenic, hydrometric regulator and pollutant absorber.

Wool felt is easy to maintain because it does not attract dust and is resistant to greasy stains.
Regular maintenance: vacuum or brush. In case of stain: use a damp sponge and soap, baking soda or Sommière clay. It can also be washed with plenty of water.
To dry: press without wringing with a towel to remove the water and dry flat. Not machine washable.

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