STRONGFELT imports Traditional Moroccan Olive Oil Soap which is available in 4oz containers for $10 and 16oz containers for $32 + shipping/handling. This soap is used traditionally in the hammams or bathhouses in Morocco and also by the felters I met while in Morocco. No more dry hands after hours of wet felting, in fact, they will be more moisturized than when you began!
STRONGFELT Ribbed Agitation Tools are available in the original 11″ length for $40 ($45 with first class shipping/handling in the continental USA and the NEW 7″ smaller diameter version for $30 ($34 with first class shipping/handling in the continental USA). I designed these tools after participating in a felt hat course with Jean Hicks during my residency at the Appalachian Center for Crafts in Smithville, TN in 2004. Jean was using the ribbed screw thread of a wooden plunger to full a hat while on the hat block. Nick Cook, a Georgian wood artist, produces the tools specifically for STRONGFELT, inc on a lathe. The tools are used in the agitation of specific areas of hollow forms as well as to block and stretch the felt with either the pointed or blunt end. Rather than flattening the form for agitation on a surface mat, take the ridged surface to the form! I recommend that the felt is already at a fulling stage, has movement to allow for continued shrinkage and is juicy with soap and water before agitation to avoid tearing up the surface. Come take a class on Hollow Form to learn more!
2009 Surface Design Association’s Conference Demonstration DVD is available for $25 ($29 with first class shipping/handling in the continental USA). My 45 minute demonstration of manipulating felt with free-motion machine embroidery is included as well as demonstrations by the following textile artists: Jane Dunnewold, Kerr Grabowski, Kathyanne White and Daniella Woolf.