How to Wet Felt A Bentwood Chair/Seamless Upholstery


A little about this project

This stunning art project is aimed at those interested in creating a unique piece of art. No sewing techniques are required for this project. Use this Tutorial as an opportunity to experiment with color, texture and a blend of woolen fibers.

  • Add silk fibers for sheen or alternatively, add bits of silk scarves or natural fibers to add texture and tones to the mix.
  • Use black and white fibers on their own or add a touch of red for a retro look.
  • Use spots or stripes to create leopard spots.
  • Color the legs or leg supports with a variety of contrasting colors for a wow factor.

This success of this project is only limited by what you can dream up or a lack of suitable fibers. This project should be of great interest to Fiber Artist everywhere.

‘Failed’ wet felting projects can be added to the mix. This is precisely what I did here. Small bits and pieces left over from previous failed projects were cut into small rectangles and applied to the surface and sides of the chair.

I regularly bid for mixed job lots of wool roving on e-Bay. The result is often a delicious blend of wool roving in a range of colors which can be used for projects such as this one a sensible price.

The pencil roving used for this project was one such buy. It can be used to great effect because the long strips can be wrapped around the cane in a continuous length, making it very easy to complete the first layer.

No two wet felted chairs will ever look the same. The final result is dependent on your personal choice or a blend of colors and fibers which you have available to you.

There is no need to feel pressure to complete this project in one sitting. This chair was created over the space of several weeks. Work small sections of the chair at a time and then proceed to the next when you are satisfied that you have completed it to your satisfaction. The underside of the chair was also felted.

Wet the area to be felted every time you return to the project. The fibers will only fuse together if they are wet.

Let the Fibers Overlap the Edge of the Seat

Let the fibers overlap the edge of the seat. A row of pre-felt pieces should be embedded in this fiber on the front, side and back edges of the chair. Please see images below.

Complete the Felting Process

Take time to ensure that all surfaces of the chair are properly felted. Cover with bubble-wrap and rub thoroughly until there is no movement of the fibers. Use hot and cold water to help the process and finally add another diluted solution of PVA glue to the surface. The glue should sink in completely and dry clear. Allow the chair to dry outdoors.

A little More About Pencil Roving

Pencil Roving is generally used to make ‘Dreads’ as were used in the video above. I used them to make a Chemo Hat but the same pencil roving can be used in thin layers to make beautiful delicate felt flowers. The pencil roving used in this project came from the same batch I used to complete the lower layer of this Bentwood chair project.

This really is a very useful and versatile product which can be used for a variety of neat projects.

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