Fulling on a washboard

fulling on a washboard
Originally uploaded by hatdiva2

Short n' sweet...but shows me (yes this time...it's really me!) shrinking a wool body by "fulling". Fulling is where you rub the wet wool, to shrink it. Felt is basically dry wool fibers arranged, and then wetted, rubbed...and rolled to make felt. A felted hat takes me about an hour and a half to create. That's just making the basic body...more is involved into shaping it into something attractive that you'd want to wear!