That's been a long involved learning process! I've failed, I've learned, I've succeeded, I've learned, I've practiced, I've learned and now I'm wearing a pair of alpaca and kid mohair slippers that I just love.Weigh and prep your fiber. Don't skip this step! Lesson learned the hard way.
So, I'm ready to share a quick pictorial of my process. I use only fleece from our animals- Jacob sheep wool, mohair and alpaca. Through trial and error, I've learned the fleece must be washed first to felt well. This is a pair of alpaca and mohair slippers I made for my mom.
Village Apothecary Shop at the Ozark Folk Center State Park. It works well.
Once you have all your fiber for that slipper wrapped around your resist, roll it up in the bubble wrap and towel and roll, roll, roll for 8 minutes. Set a timer ('nother lesson) it's longer that you think.
Decide where you want the opening on your slippers and cut. Make sure you felt the cut edges immediately. More lessons.
Make a last for further shaping and felting. Duct tape and old socks on the person's foot whom the slippers are for. Very bad English!
Finish shaping, embellishing and drying your slippers on the last.
Cut a leather sole using the original resist as a pattern and stitch to bottom of slippers.
Wear and enjoy!