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!