After almost six hours of laying wool roving onto a background of silk gauze, applying soap and water, wrapping the piece around a noodle and rolling it, my result still wasn't ready for prime time.
So, the next day, at home, I continued to work.
|That's a big bag of dog hair next to me on the bench.|
It's coming along. And I've learned something: poodle hair felts together really quickly. Look at this ball. I was going to use it for a fluffy tail-end. Instead, it felted together so so fast it's as hard as a golf ball, and there's no way I'm going to be able to tease those hairs apart to make a tail-end.
Felting with poodle hair may be strange, but get this: the guy next to me in the felting class was making a felted lining for a helmet that he was making to specifications described in the Iliad. He even brought a copy of the Iliad with him to the class to read to anyone who was interested. He said he was going on a hero's quest.
Quest on, artists!