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The felt made in needle felting is the oldest material man has used to make clothes and toys. Even older than weaving and knitting, needle felting or feltmaking can be dated back to the beginning of time. Any color, size and shape can be found in felt. The felt is made of non-woven cloth. Matting, condensing and pressing the fibers, instead of weaving or knitting the cloth produces the unusual softness of the material.
The origin of feltmaking isn't known but many legends have sprung up to explain its beginnings. One example would be that Noah's ark was lined with fleece and the trampling animals left behind a felted wool carpet.
In some parts of the world feltmaking is still practiced. Felt Rugs; tents and clothing are still made by nomadic peoples in Central and East Asia. In the modern world felt is used in textile arts and designs.
To make felt a person need to use wool fiber and moisture, which is usually soapy water. The mixture is stimulates by friction and makes the material stick together making a cloth. This can be done by hand with special felting needles or by a chemical process for big industry.
You can also produce felt in your washing machine on the hot cycle. However when your wool socks shrink in a hot washer it isn't really felting but actually "fulled." Fulling is when the material is already a cloth, while felting is fibers that are made into cloth. Put the wool fibers in a hot washer with soap and you will produce the felt cloth.
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