Saint Clement, is the patron saint of felt makers. The story goes that he was on a pilgrimage and his wooden clogs were rubbing agains his raw ankles. Not having a band-aid back then, he picked some sheep's fleece from a bush and stuck it in the back of his clog for added comfort. Off he went and when he got to the end of his pilgrimage, the heat, friction and sweat from his ankles rubbing agains the clog, had made the wool into felt. Ergo, the secret to felt making is ample heat, hot water and friction.
So here we go on a magical mystery tour of making a wool felt body. After this you may ask yourself, "How on earth can anybody sell a hat for under $100"!!!
The wool is then ready for a good washing.
And it comes out the other side looking like white puffy clouds.
The thin cobweb sheets are fed around a cone shaped block to a pre-decided thickness.
The tick wool cones are weighed to make sure they have a uniform weight.
The dyeing room reminded me of the witches scene from Macbeth, so I could not resist reciting a few lines.
Here are some dyed hoods.
We can also add water proofing at this stage.
I loved the artisanal roof in this department.
This whole process is not workable without a massive furness to create all the steam and hot water.
The sky was a beautiful color blue.
And the workers relaxed by tending their vegetable garden.