I made felted slippers for Kirsten that look a lot like the one in the catalogue. My 9 year old daughter and I made two pair, one for her and one for a friend in two hours one Saturday afternoon. She was able to work alongside me and do everything I did. Her pair turned out just as good as mine. It was a very satisfying experience. If you have questions you can e-mail me. I would be interested to hear from anyone who tries this about how it turned out.
Arrange your cutting board so that in sits inside your sink. I turn a plastic dish pan upside down inside the sink and place the cutting board on top of this. Now I can work at a comfortable height and all the extra water will run down into the sink.
Place your cloth pattern on the cutting board. Take one of the piles of wool that you divided into 4 parts and pinch off a fingerful and lay it across the cloth pattern. Keep pinching off SMALL fingerfulls and laying them down over the pattern so that the fibers all lie in the same direction, covering the pattern, until this bunch is all laid down. Now take up the next bunch of wool and lay these down so that the fibers are perpendicular to the first layer. Repeat with the remaining two bunches, laying each bunch down perpendicular to the layer below. Pull out the fabric piece from the bottom of the pile of wool and place it on top of the wool in the center.
When you feel that the wool underneath the fabic is matted down, gather the surrounding wool up over the fabric, overlapping edges of wool at the center. Pull, ease, and smooth the wool to form an oval. Soak the whole thing with soapy water.
GENTLY massage the top of the wet wool bundle. Do not work around the outside edges yet.
Take the other pile of wool that is left for this slipper and make four layers as before. Place the wet, partially felted oval on top of this new pile, seam side down. Rewet center, press down and massage. Gather edges up and over, overlapping, wet and massage. Turn over and massage. Finally, begin to work the very edges of the bundle. Keep wetting with the soap solution. Make more solution as needed. As the wool felts, you can massage more and more vigorously. If some strands won't felt onto the the mass, you can cut these off.
Work the inside bottom of slipper where the fabric was, to felt it. Work on heel, felting and shaping it with upward movements of your hand to elevate heel. Continue to rub slipper inside and out, rubbing in a circular motion.
Make the other slipper.
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