Hard felting the wool.

Working on the back.

Working on the back.

You thought I was done with felting? I pull on the material and it gives in each direction. I need a surface with no give in order to add the needle-felted elements and mark making, so I’m felting the panels to a hard stage. I’m using a hard-surface mat with ridges for this stage.

At this stage I look at where the felt is out-of-rectangular shape and agitate accordingly. The three pieces are close in size but none are at the final size. Each panel needs to fit inside a mat that fits into a 24” x 36” frame.  The closest panel is 5" too long and 1 1/2" too wide. I'll work on shrinking the length and then the width. I'm felting from both sides.

After the panels are the right size, I rinse all the soapy water out of them and let them air dry. These panels have been wet since September!

The dry panels ready for the next stages.

The dry panels ready for the next stages.