Ancient fiber art meets 2012 technology.
The image today is of my tablet nestled comfortably in a felted purpose-built case. Felting is the art of matting wool and all cultures claim to have invented it. When I started this site I anticipated questions about dropped stitches and the best way to cast off. This hasn’t been the case. instead I have had questions about the cleaning of certain wool and cotton garments. In particular I have had an email asking how to get stains out of wool. This does of course depend on what caused the stain but the important thing is, If it is wool do not put it any near your washing machine. Unless you want to cut it up afterwards and make something like the cover which is the way I felted the wool.
The question I received made me realize that with the “create your own wearable art” renascence, an important skill practiced by our ancestors has also resurfaced. The very important art of restoration and preservation of delicate fibers. Like the tablet cover, old really does meet new. I f you have any questions regarding the proper care of any and all fabrics you have come to the right place. Next post, the next step in making our tool box.