Felting in the Rain

The yurt plan for this weekend was to full a couple of the wall panels and make one roof panel. Two of the wall panels are very well felted and the other two were still a little bit soft. So they needed a bit more work behind the tractor. Mother Nature had something else to say though.

Starting to RainWhen Dennis and I first got outside the sun was shining and we wet down the two wall panels and rolled them both up to full more. Dennis pulled them around several times on the tractor and it started raining. You can’t really tell in this photo but it was starting to hail. So we left the felt in the field and dashed back to the house. Two of my recruits (more crazy than the rest) showed up even though it was pouring rain. So we waited a bit and the rain stopped and the skies cleared up.

Spraying Down Roof PanelSo we laid out the first roof panel and wet it down.

Paula Hosing Down the Roof PanelHere’s Paula spraying it down. We rolled it up and tried to pull it behind the tractor but it was wider than the last roll. Things kept getting off track and the roll was moving to one side. So we had to keep stopping and re-rolling.

Clean Hands?

This is what our hands looked like after rolling. Just a bit messy. The skies started getting dark again so we decided to quit. In the midst of putting everything away and bringing the felt and supplies back to the house, it started pouring. We got completely soaked through to the skin. And the roof panel is not felted, it is pre-felt. Dennis said “Next time, we are going to listen to the weather man!” Somehow felting in the rain was not as romantic as singing in the rain.

About ruthlane

When I discovered felting in 2007, I finally found the creative outlet for which I had been searching. I love that the versatility of fiber allows me to “play” with a wide variety of materials including wool, silk, fabrics, yarns and threads. Creating one of a kind fiber art pieces to share with the world fulfills my creative passion.
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13 Responses to Felting in the Rain

  1. Lyn says:

    Ah, but if everything went smoothly it would make for a boring experience!

    This is the sort of day that you will remember in years to come when you talk about making the yurt.

  2. I agree with Lyn. This will be a topic of conversation for years to come. Every artist has them.

  3. Marilyn Nelson says:

    Evidently, rain, sleet or hail won’t stop you Ruth. It’s great you have such dedicated friends. I agree with Lyn an Judy, it’s a great topic for discussion or a book title!

  4. kwinter12 says:

    Great story! You should have put the second roof panel out, sprinkled it with soap flakes and let the rain wet it down for you! 😉

    • ruthlane says:

      Well that might have worked but it’s good I didn’t because the first one was the wrong size 🙁 I forgot about the center tono that adds about 15″ to each roof panel. So the first one has to be reconfigured to work.

  5. Wow Ruth those are dedicated friends. I agree you will all have a great story to tell and laugh about in years to come.
    I wonder if your problem with the roll moving is because one side ends up thicker than the other when you roll it up. Maybe putting 2 roof panels out going in opposite directions would even it out and stop the roll moving.

    • ruthlane says:

      Thanks Ann – It was moving even when we felted the rectangular wall panels. We had fixed it with a stop at the ends of the PVC pipe but we had to take those off because the roof panels are wider and just barely fit on the PVC pipe. So there is no way we could do 2 roof panels. But that is a good idea, it might actually have helped if we could have managed it.

  6. zedster66 says:

    As much as it sounds like a lot of hard work and very wet and messy at times, it sounds like a lot of fun 🙂
    I can’t imagine getting the same amount of fun or sense of achievement from using some kind of felting machine.

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