I've been exploring the world of feltmaking for the last several years, after deciding that I wanted to add something more tactile than photographic art into my life.
Feltmaking has been around for thousands of years, and is considered the oldest form of fabric making. It can be made by using various types of animal fibers, however I prefer to use sheeps wool for its strength, and ability to hold shape.
The wool is not woven, but is instead tangled, by using water and agitation. In early times this was done by wetting the wool and then beating it with sticks, and sometimes dragging and rolling it behind horses. Modern-day tools include bamboo rollers, electric sanders, and bubble wrap. I personally like hand-rolling and gently tossing the wool.
If you'd like to know more about handmade felt, or to arrange a demonstration, please feel free to contact me at (505) 695-2211.