I’ve changed fabrics again. This is considered a gauze but it’s not transparent at all. A strong sun behind might reveal a figure but that’s true of many summer fabrics. I consider it perfect for summer, both cool and not too revealing. I didn’t do a burn test to confirm, but I’m fairly sure this is a 100% pima cotton. There is no visual indication of a synthetic fiber. Not wool, because I can smell even the tiniest amount wool when I steam press. It drapes into nice folds and will wrinkle but not badly.
I’m still using the 6 needle set up at the machine and this time I’ve felted both strips, triangles and a printed leaf shape.
Each of the shapes fringe at least slightly along the edges. Even the blue leaf-shape which was cut from a firm woven fabric succumbs to the effect of 6 needles punching along its edges.
However with this fabric the reverse side shows hardly any effect.
I don’t want to label any experiment or any part of any experiment as “bad”. This is different and not exactly what I was wanting. I do note that along with the back having hardly any migrated fibers, the entire piece is only slightly effected by the felting. While not something I’m terribly excited about this moment, I will keep the sample for future reference.