Sunday, May 27, 2007

Felting a Rug

Wonder what is involved in felting? Nicole Chazaud of Festive Fibers takes you through the long, physical process of making a full-size 8x5-foot dining room rug. It starts with creating the design using ideas, images and colors from the customer's home, dyeing the wool, laying out the pattern, then rolling the rug to felt it. Many layers of wool are needed, 6-inches worth in this case and because an amazing amount of shrinking and compression takes place, the rug actually starts out 25% larger than the finished product.

The page takes a few minutes to fully load the animated photographs of the process, more if you have dial-up but it's worth the wait.

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