Create a Magic Carpet With felt Cutouts: the Tutorial Slow Tapis

Felt is the oldest non-woven fabric produced by humans and used through centuries in many countries, with a variety of uses.

It stems from the chemical reaction of an acid (wool) with a basic (soap), which is the union of one pole positive with a negative pole. The two sides return to one inextricably rejoining the process is progressive and irreversible. The material that forms it commonly is the sheep’s wool, sometimes mixed with the goat or camel, first clean and carded to make it soft and fluffy, then stretched out on mats of reeds or beds of leaves, then stop using the special sticks, sprayed with soap and washed with warm water. It is then “rolled up” and slowly the fibers of the wool are tied forming a compact tissue. Obviously this is the traditional method, but manipulation for felting is often mechanized.

They tell many legends about the origin of the felt and its nature that carries with it something magical. Solomon’s son, in Persia, wanted to produce waterproof mats from the wool of his sheep. Failing that cried, and the tears fell on the wool: thus discovered the felt!

The Iliad and the history of the Roman Empire costumes speak of this material. The “yurts”were the huts used by nomads throughout central Asia: easy to assemble, light to carry and because of felt-covered, water-resistant and cold. The convenience was added the beauty and power of the charges of magical symbolism decorations. It is said that the scorpions and the snakes do not walk on the felt, making it a safe place to sleep.
It is a thermal insulation material, fire resistant, acoustic insulation, also absorbs moisture making the healthier environments.
It is therefore necessary to have at least provided a felt mat handmade in the house with decorative pillows (see http://www.insurancejust.com/2016/07/26/decorative-pillows-for-bed-ideas/)!

THE RECIPE OF SLOW TAPIS

Difficulty:
Medium Budget: Approximately EUR 30 Preparation time: 3 hours Drying time: about 48 hours Materials:-So much felt, the quantity and ‘absolutely relative… Melius quam in deficit-Scissors-hot glue gun

Before you begin you should protect your work table, hot glue does not forgive.
The game involves gluing together the felt strips and create rolls, sheets and branches. These figures will change shape, direction, color according to your taste or even better thanks to the event. It is really fascinating to see growth in the form of carpet especially if generated by movements and geometries not predefined a priori.

In addition to being the result of an ancient tradition, the felt can always amaze us with his infinite versatility in furniture. In addition to rugs, you can also create pillows or trivet, surely taking less time than it takes for the Slow Tapis, an act of dediziosa DIY patience!