The Gentle Roller - for wet felt rolling
The Gentle Roller is a new device for an ancient craft - a felting 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.
With its oscillating (forward and backward) action, The Gentle Roller is the only true replacement for hand rolling.
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. Both machines can also be used for multiple items at once if you work with narrower pieces plus they come with an optional fulling drum and optional second drive rollers for increased efficiency.
The Gentle Roller has numerous features, including the oscillating drive, protected by Australian Patent Application No. 2017368450 and International Patent Application No. PCT/AU2017/051308
What makes it unique - and the right choice for you!
The Gentle Roller
Comes in two sizes 1100mm and 1400mm, and each size has the option of the Fulling Drum. All prices include freight to your door, and you can pay in all major currencies.
What Gentle Roller owners have made recently - Pt1
What Gentle Roller owners have made recently - Pt2
The Gentle Roller
The sections below link to quick demonstration videos to show the diversity of the Gentle Roller.
From the finest chiffon and paj silks, to heavy wall art and carpet runner to jackets made with a resist.
I used two layers of commercial prefelt from DHG in Italy for my first felt on the Gentle Roller (three layers for the letters). I wanted to see if the coloured edges distorted in the rolling process. They’ve stayed really crisp and I’m delighted with the results. Sandra B
… thank you so much for taking care of me and my gentle roller! I do love it and your customer service is unparalleled! Michelle J
Hi Philip & Joni, Love my rolling machine cant wait to try and felt some yardage. Rob Mc
… felted and fulled. The GR is the most beautifully engineered piece of equipment. It is a pleasure to work on and the felt looks just like I was hoping. Can’t wait for more tomorrow. Thanks! Ruth B
I love my gentle roller. Here’s some pics of what I’ve made this winter. Jillian F
… and then my gentle roller (Rolly !) worked its magic ! It is a joy to use Julia-Anne C
Hi Philip & Joni, I started a felting group in Kelowna 3 years ago to inspire others to be more creative in their felting practice. The Gentle Roller is filling a huge gap which will enable those of us with challenged bodies to really be productive. Thanks for all of your hard work in developing such a user friendly machine. Violet R
I was nervous about buying something from outside the UK particularly from as far away as Australia but buying from you has been a delight. It is refreshing to find such a personal, informative and helpful service. Julie H
I had a great trip with the gentle roller everyone loved it. … I set the machine up in (the) classroom and I think the quiet of it surprised everyone … I am so happy that my trip generated some sales. It is a wonderful tool! Kristi F
‘Love this machine you both have done a fabulous job!’ Kristi M
This is such a well designed machine. It handled the large pieces easily with a great finish. Tracel D
Your support and thoughtfulness to the new user is very much appreciated and the personal touch makes me feel part of a new family of Felters Emma J
I am having a wonderfully creative time with my new Gentle Roller. Thank you Philip and Joni for all your hard work. Cheryl C
User friendly, great design, love the safe and non industrial material the gentle roller is made of. … and 1st class customer service-Joni and Philip respond in depth to any silly questions from impatient artists ...... Erin W
Looks like you two came up with a winner! Well done! Arlene W
... promptly went about making a scarf to test it out. Wasn't disappointed ! Incredibly quiet, easy to use , nice to look at, and the scarf turned out beautiful, one happy camper am I, thank you. Pauline L
By way of congratulations … it is a very good design. My best wishes and thanks again for your positive response and information. Judith Mck
Wonderful people to work with, they answer every question you have and the product is superior to any other machine on the market! Plus it took like 5 minutes to put together and is so user friendly :-) Rebekah D
Stories about The Gentle Roller
Some background into the history of The Gentle Roller