Have you ever accidentally shrunken a wool sweater to the size of a toddler garment? Then you know how felt is made. Basically, when wetted and soaped, the fibers open up, glom onto each other, and shrink into a tight, dense fabric that has been around since before 1000 BC. Wow.
I checked out a bunch of books from the library to find out how it's done:
There are three basic ways to do it (knitting, needling, and by hand), but I'm going to try the easy way (by hand) - and the fun way, if you want to make beads or balls. Look what fun things you can do with felt balls!
Hopefully this will be part 1, if I can muddle my way through. See the pretty colors we picked:
Wish me luck!