The Gentle Roller is a new device for an ancient craft -a wet felt rolling machine invented for ﬁbre artists of the 21st Century. The Gentle Roller is a break-through in the exhausting and repetitive process of hand rolling, helping you to create better felt or nuno felt — without hard work.
This compact, safe, and attractive tool will complement your studio and work quietly beside you, freeing you for more important activities like planning your next piece or enjoying a well-earned break.
It may be compact in height and depth but we haven't scrimped on the important dimension - we've delivered you a large roller platform. The smaller Gentle Roller comes with a roller width of 1100mm (43 inch) allowing you to comfortably handle 36 inch wide fabric. The larger roller width of 1400mm (55 inch) will easily cope with 48 inch wide fabric. If you work with narrower pieces, you can make multiple items at once.
With its oscillating (forward and backward) action, The Gentle Roller is the only true replacement for hand rolling. Of course you can roll in one direction only if you need to.
The Gentle Roller provides nuanced control over the speed of rotation, the number of forward and reverse rotations and number of cycles, programable from a simple to use touch pad and user display. The high torque, low voltage motor uses only 24 watts average power and the power pack is suitable, and certified, to use world-wide. And we guarantee it for 2 million cycles or 2 years.
The Gentle Roller is the only wet felt rolling machine to come with its own fulling drum. The unique and stylish fulling drum completes the felting process shrinking your pre-felt by as much as 75% surface area. Fulling is often usually performed by hand, agitating and kneading (sometimes throwing and bashing) the pre-felt and aided by warm soapy water. The Gentle Roller Fulling Drum performs this agitation for you.
The Gentle Roller also comes with drive rollers specifically designed for your felting needs, whether doing soft, light weight felts or heavier sculptural pieces. And if you are a highly productive felt maker, a second drive roller allows you to increase your felting efficiency by up to 100%* by allowing you to work on two pieces at the same time. (* compared with using only one Gentle Roller drive roller.)
The Gentle Roller - wet felt rolling machine has numerous patented features including the drive roller and oscillating drive covered by:
Australian Patent Application No. 2017368450
European Patent Application No. 17876105.2
USA Patent Application No. 16/464,754
International Patent Application No. PCT/AU2017/051308
Just follow any of the 'Read More' links below and see for yourself why The Gentle Roller is a unique wet felt rolling machine.
If you are looking for inspiration you can find hundreds of images of items created by Gentle Roller owners by following the links in the section below.
Whether you make ...
* the finest nuno using superfine wools and sheer delicate carriers,
* heavy felts like a wall hanging or even and eco sheep fleece rug,
* playful pieces or functional wearables,
* sculptural display pieces or 3D objects like shoes, hats, bags and other vessels,
* textured felts with scrunched fabrics such as paj, sari or Margilan, with surface embellishments such as silk naps or cellulose fibres,or chunky inclusions,
* laminating Mulberry or Kozo papers to merino wool
.... it is all possible on The Gentle Roller.
We don't care much for 'bling'. The short video below gives you a quick insight into how the Gentle Roller works. It's not a glossy production - it's just real footage of the very first Gentle Roller from our 2017 'crowd funding' era.
Below we give you just a few examples of the the of work we make with abridged video demonstrations of The Gentle Roller in action.
We can't demonstrate in detail every type of felting as the scope is way too large. But if you are looking for a basic guide to using The Gentle Roller that shows all the typical processes look no further.