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I am a textile artist getting certification in art education.
Several processes in the fiber arts utilize water. Feltmaking
would be an exciting process to investigate with students. Wool fibers
are carded(combed so they lie in the same direction) and formed into
layers called batts. Wool fibers will stick together quite nicely.The
batts or layers are laid one on top of the other. The wool fibers in
each layer should lay perpendicular to the layer next to it. The stack
of batts are wrapped loosely in a fine netting. This must be stitched in
place (stitches can be large and loose) to keep the bundle together. This
bundle must then be immersed in warm soapy water. Working in the water it must
be pressed, twisted and squeezed so the wool fibers will join together
making felt. Move the bundle to a soapy cold water bath.
Continue to press, squeeze and twist the felt. Change back to a warm
water bath. It will be obvious when the felt has formed. The felting
process may take 10 to 20 minutes depending on the person making it.
There are books focusing entirely on felt that are quite good. I will
send these later.
Hope this is helpful.Good Luck!p