Defuzzing and blocking the wool.

The felting process has roughened the surface of the panels and obscured some of the color and detail. To make the surface smooth for stitching and other mark making, I carefully shave the front and back of each panel.

This really makes a big difference in the surface texture. Look at all the fuzz I created. I may save it and use it in another piece but I'll probably toss it. I have yet to do anything with any lint I may have saved through the years.

Here comes da _____. No I can't say it!

Using a steam iron, I block the front and back of the panels. This process smooths them even more and makes them more rectangular. It's easier to work with dry panels.

Now the fun begins. I am ready for the art making. 

Now the fun begins. I am ready for the art making.