A Flimsie is a fine layer of Australian Merino wool which
has been factory needle-felted in Italy. We buy them undyed
and hand dye them in our beautiful range of colours. The
common name for a Flimsie is a pre-felt - this is simply a
name special to The Thread Studio.
Flimsies are so versatile - they can be wet felted using soap,
water and agitation or dry felted on a using needlefelting
needles or a needlefelting machine (commonly called an
See 'Surface Tension - Embellish and Stitch for the Creative Textile Artist'
by Dale Rollerson.
book details here.
When you create felt using your Flimsie, you can add extras
such as silk, rayon etc just as you when you lay down wool
fibres. A Flimsie provides a special extra. Use one layer
in place of one fine layer of wool tops when felting. The
benefit is that it saves time and gives an even wool coverage.
You can cut out designs and lay them on your felting.
Try cutting your Flimsie into strips to create a felted lattice
or an open woven piece. Think of your Flimsie as 'glue'
to hold different materials during the felting process. Or
create a patchwork. If you lay strips of Flimsies over different
materials they will help the fibres grab as you wet felt.
Felt layers of contrasting Flimsie colours together to obtain
beautiful felted colour blends but because our Flimsies are
hand dyed, you have a myriad of blending colours in each
Cut into strips and weave to create unique fabric pieces.
I simply love to hand stitch these together (I love using a
matching medium weight silk thread in the same colourway)
and once stitched I can decide whether or not to wet or dry
felt or leave as is and add other embellishment.
Jacinta's threads here.
Cut some holes in your Flimsie before you felt. Stitch or
accentuate these spaces by adding other pieces behind or
leaving to layer later. There is so much opportunity for
The Thread Studio also sells commercially dyed Flimsies
- these are wonderful to use for backgrounds - and extra
pieces and make great patched pieces. Use them with our
hand dyed cotton gauze laid over the top or underneath using
your needlefelting machine.
Have fun and enjoy the experience.