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Felting

With wool from Istex, a company that represents hundreds of Icelandic shepherds, I've been creating sheets of felt to use as panels for construction of a temple. Each piece of felt is made from spreading out wool rovings (cleaned, carded fibers) onto a large sheet, then wetting and soaping the pile. Once I've tightly rolled up the sheet, I spend about twenty minutes rolling it with pressure from my hands and forearms until the long staple fibers cling to eachother in a mat. After lifting and tossing each sheet against the floor for another five minutes, the fibers become tightly intertwined and I hang the sheets out to dry.

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