It became popular to create felt adding layers of fibre. Fibre gives the luxurious finish to felted items. How much fibre do we need to use? It depends what do you want to achieve? If you want to have a textured felt, then load your layout with various fibre. In this case, you might consider to use sander for felting. You can mix different types of fibre. However, if you want to use fibre just to add beautiful shine, then finer layer is better. I show a few different ways to do a fine fibre layout in my video below, which is an extract from my online class.
When adding fibre layers, you can use different types of fibre. However not all fibre is suitable for this purpose. I would not use flax or cotton if I want to achieve very fine felt. Bamboo can be heavy too. My two favourite fibres for this purpose is viscose and Tussah silk. Tussah silk is not cheap. However, I like to use Tussah silk covering the layout when creating smaller items, like gloves or mittens which I teach in my latest pre-recorded online class, Felted Gloves, Mittens, Fingerless & Leg Warmers. Tussah silk is becoming my favourite fibre and it is such a joy to work with. It is much easier to make a superfine layout using Tussah silk then viscose. However, viscose is a great fibre to work with to and is much cheaper then Tussah silk. I personally use both fibres in my practice.
The gloves on the photo above were created using Tussah silk as a first layer. The layout was very large, nearly double in comparison to my gloves. I used 6 grams of Tussah silk for each glove, covering both sides.
Please check the video below for more information how to achieve a superfine fibre layout.
If you find it interesting, then you will find more useful information in my pre-recorded online class, Felted Gloves, Mittens, Fingerless & Leg Warmers. Please check the link, https://felt-with-lena.thinkific.com/courses/felted-gloves-mittens-fingerless-leg-warmers.