Monday, May 02, 2011

Felt rug

I bought a huge box of roving at a yard sale a few years back and have been slowly learning to make felt using instructions from the internet.  I comb it with $80 hand carders, lay a 1" fluffy layer on a big towel, another layer on top of that with the fibers going the perpendicular direction and one final layer, again with fiber orientation in a direction perpendicular from the previous layer.  Roll the layers up in the towel, tie with twine to a long cigar and toss in a hot, soapy wash.  Wash and dry.  Unfurl.  Wash and dry again.  It becomes smaller and super thick; just right for a bath mat.


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