About the Process

Who can resist a good shrunken sweater?
 

Years ago, a textile artist friend gave me a bag full of shrunken wool sweaters.  I loved the beautiful and luxurious wool! This treasure finally found it's destiny and was transformed into felted slippers for everyone on my Christmas list.
 

I now recycle hundreds of unwanted or unuseable (100%) wool sweaters.  The felting process is time consuming, so I use my washing machine to help add the basic components needed to turn wool into felt: heat, moisture and friction.
 

A single wool fiber has many microscopic 'barbs', and when subjected to hot water and a small amount of soap, the barbs on the fiber 'open up'. When agitated, the tiny barbs interlock with each other and start to form felt.
 

A rinse in cold water 'shocks' the fibers causing the barbs to clamp down and lock together.  This forms a dense, durable mat that will not ravel when cut. Some sweaters will fully shrink after one or two cycles, others take many more times.
 

Finally, the wool is dried and given a final smoothing finish with pressure and steam.
 

Production starts by sorting and stacking the wool, building a color palette.  Pieces are then selected for each individual product, and cut and sewn using my own original patterns.
 

Not wanting to waste any of the sweater parts, I design my products with the size of a 'shrunken' sweater in mind.  Scraps, buttons, zippers and ribbing are also put to good use!
 

Each year brings new inspiration for bags, garments and decorative pieces.
 

Heartfelt thanks to all the wool lovers and loyal customers who help keep the process going!