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About Felt
Natural and simple, FELT is formed when heat, moisture and friction is applied to fleece causing the fibers to interlock and matt. Soft yet durable, this ancient fabric which predates woven and knitted textiles is non-fraying, heat resistant, moisture absorbing and 100% natural.

About Black Sheep Textiles
I first discovered the very satisfying and addictive process of felt making back in 2005. Initially making pieces for friends and family, a bit of luck, lots of good feedback and some great publicity saw this hobby transform into a new business and label, fleece + friction. Many years on and with a new name and in a new location in Sydney’s inner-west, Black Sheep Textiles is a small independent design label specialising in pure wool felt accessories, jewellery and tableware. The accessories range includes hats, handbags and scarves. Each piece is individually handcrafted using pure Australian merino fleece, olive oil soap and water. My aim is to design elegant, simple pieces utilizing the naturally occurring properties of wool – products that are soft, durable and incredibly tactile. The tableware range is created from the highest quality industrially manufactured pure wool felt from Germany. This beautiful, uniform and luxuriously thick fabric lends itself perfectly to the creation of runners, placemats, coasters, trivets and stylish, functional wine bags. Naturally heat and water resistant, the tableware range provides excellent insulation and protection for your table. Jewellery is my newest addition and I use both handmade and industrial felt. Marrying an ancient textile with contemporary ideas, my pieces are ecologically sustainable, biodegradable and 100% natural. I am delighted to bring you a range that endeavours to be as ‘green’ as it is beautiful. The versatility of felted wool is limited only by imagination... therefore I welcome your commissions and bespoke requests.

Maria Williams Designer