December 31, 2009

Two thousand nine would not have been complete without all the new internet friends I have met and enjoyed learning and discovering felt, the world’s oldest  documented fabric. It began with an unbelievable woman in Ireland who is not only an incredible creative felter but has a gift of networking,  Nicola Brown. She introduced me to numerous others working and doing unbelievable work in fibers. I also made contact with earthly people raising animals, many of whom are also artist. For a bit of quick and dirty history of felt check this : .The difference between what some call felting is really fulling (shrinking a knitted wool), which many of us have mistakenly accomplished to our favorite wool item while laundering it.  Felting is the actually beginning steps of using wispy fibers to interlock and compress to make a lightweight yet incredibly strong fabric, nearly waterproof and blocked wind.

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