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 starting her career as a graphic designer for the press and publishing industry, Ghislaine Garcin, who has always been keen on textile creation, decided to devote herself to the work of the hand and turned to art crafts.
A strong preference for the transformation of wool led her to explore in turn knitting, weaving, embroidery, before discovering the technique of felting. After training with fellow artists, she founded her own handmade felt rug studio in 2016.

Maille & feutre [Knitting&felt] was born from the encounter between her proven passion for knitting and the exploration of felt.
Ghislaine Garcin has perfected the fusion of the two techniques in order to create a different kind of felt, with this singular texture due to the presence of the knitting.
She has also chosen a completely traditional production method (felting with hot soapy water) and materials that respect animals and the environment. The wool used is of French origin for the yarns (Creuse) and European for the fibres (Italian Tyrol). The filling of the cushions is made of thermo-compressed wool (Auvergne), spelt husk or recycled wool (felt scraps, threads, etc.).

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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