Felting is a process of transforming wool into a thick cloth by binding and shrinking the fibers together with water and soap. This process required quite a bit of elbow grease to rub and roll the wool fibers several times in order for the fibers to felt together.
Wool fibers have scales that absorb moisture. The scales open up when they are wet and soapy. By applying friction and agitating to the fibers, the tiny strands in the fiber migrate and grab onto each other causing all the fibers to bond permanently together.
Don’t let this process deter you away from felting. It is really fun and easy once you understand the procedure. Felting is also interesting, as you get to learn and experience with different types of wool and the origin of the sheep (that’s another topic). Wool from the Merino and Corriedale sheep felts nicely, as well as alpacas fibers.
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