I want to write more about what I learned, but I’m a bit under the weather so the pictures will have to do for now.
Felted boots start off like this:
Then after much smushing and rolling, they look like this:
The little wooden scrub board thing fits comfortably in the hand, it’s a little bigger than a full bar of soap. That’s a huge boot.
After more rolling and squishing and rubbing on a washboard and scrubbing with the wooden thing, you get this:
Almost the size of my shoe, now.
Further scrubbing (while wearing the boots, actually – I had no idea foot massages were included in tuition) you get this:
A pair of boots perfectly moulded to my feet. I also made enough felt for a pair of insoles, and a pair of outsoles (which will be coated with anti-slip stuff).
The whole class had finished boots when we were done, all different:
And, as a representative sample of what you see all over campus during Fibre Week, here is a happy knitting type person, showing off a stocking she made:
She said, “Making it took me to my happy place.” It shows, eh?
Fibre Week is awesome.