Jordan Holland wrote:Off topic, but have you ever seen the US military old-style extreme cold weather "mukluk" boots? Oddly, the only insulation in them is two wool felt insoles about 3/8 inch thick in each boot. The boot is made from light cotton duck with a relatively light rubber sole vulcanized to it. They are tall, but you could easily modify them and they may work well for you. Last I saw, they were worth about $12-20 since there's not much interest in them.
Carla Burke wrote:Felting those slippers can be done, and I know how to do it. The questions (for me) start with your wool. You said it's not in great shape, but I'm not sure in what way. Is it full of debris? Just really dirty? Or old and brittle? Also, how much of it do you have? How high up do you want the uppers to go? Might a pair of Yuri's boots or slippers, or something like that be a way to go (whether making or buying them)?
Carla Burke wrote:Ah, ok. So, old & brittle won't have a good chance of holding up to being walked on. What size shoes do you wear?
Jay Angler wrote:
If you're looking in Surplus stores anyway, you could also look for an old 100% wool sweater and felt it. You might have to cut out several layers after it's felted and then quilt them together, but it might work if the wool you have doesn't cooperate. I accidentally felted a sweater in my 20's and the resulting felt was useful for a bunch of tasks where warmth and fire resistance was appreciated.
Carla Burke wrote:The easiest way utilizes a wide pan or shallow, wide tub of some sort, pipe as long as the pan is wide and 3 - 4" diameter, some screening, a bit of soap, some very hot water, and a couple strong rubber bands. The wool will need to be wispy, not clumpy. If your wool isn't wispy, a dog brush or two will work to get all the fibers running the same direction, and nicely wispy. Cut the screen to the same width as the length of the pipe and about 2 - 3x the size of the piece of felt you want to make you'll be doing some wrapping & folding with it, later in the process.) Lay one end of the screen into the pan, to cover the bottom, and hang the rest over the side. Now we're ready to start.
Put a thin layer of wool wisps over the screen, all running the same direction. Cover the whole bottom, but not terribly thick - you should still be able to see the pan & screen showing through. Next, put in another layer, about the same thickness, with the fibers running perpendicular to the first layer. The next layer goes on at a 45° angle to the first 2 layers, and the 4th layer goes on perpendicular to that. You'll have 4 layers, at this point. Now do another 4 layer pattern, then another, and another, and another - seems like an awful lot, but it will flatten out far more than seems likely, especially with the firmness you're looking for. When you put your hand on top and press down, that will give you an idea of how thick your final product will be, so you can gage how many more layers you want.
Once you've got all the layers you want for the right thickness, fold the screen over the top (so that the now much smaller excess hangs over the opposite side(still there will be screen on the bottom, screen on the top, and a screen 'tail', if you will, hanging over the side), and pour very hot (but not so hot you can't get your hands in it, to work), lightly soapy water over it, to cover it well. Now, Start massaging the whole thing, pressing gently, so you're not disposing the fibers - you just want them to get really friendly with each other, and develop attachments. Expect to do this for a good 20 minutes or more. The thicker it is, and the firmer you want it, the longer it will take. After that 20 minutes, start checking it every 20 minutes or so, to see if it's starting to mesh.
Once it's starting to hold together better, you'll want to put the pipe in, at one side, and roll the screen/wool sammie around it, ensuring the screen 'tail' is rolled all the way around it. Now, secure the whole log-like structure on the ends, with the rubber bands, put the whole thing back in the pan, and roll it, like you're rolling out a pie crust. This is the part that takes the longest time and most elbow grease. I can't do it with my hands, so the pan goes on the floor in front of a chair I can comfortably sit in, while effectively using my bare feet to roll the felt/ screen/pipe log, in the pan. A kitchen or desk chair works best, for me. Get comfy, and roll, roll, roll. In about an hour, lift off the screen, to check your progress. If you see the screen is becoming part of the felt, gently peel it all apart, massage the felt without the screen for a bit, until it starts clinging to itself better, then reassemble the log, and... roll, roll, roll... If you get tired, disassemble it, rinse the soap out, in cold water(the temp change helps, by shocking the fibers), then lay it flat, to dry. When you're ready to go at it again, do. As long as you open it up to dry each time you're ready to stop for more than a day, you can work it as long as you want, and just stop, when you get it to the thickness & density you want. You can always add more wool, at any step, if it's not thick enough. Once you're satisfied with it, just cut it to the size & shape you need with the habitat duty scissors you can lay hands on, or with an exactoknife, or other razor-sharp blade.
I hope this helps
Irene Bensinger wrote:I have lots of clean softish wool that I would be happy to send to you. When we started out as retirees determined to live far from the madding crowds, I threw myself into All Things Wool. I had rescued fiber animals, learned to wash, pick, card, comb, dye, blend and knit. And then realized I really was more in love with the garden than with the fiber. It was great fun to learn all the wooly stuff, but for me digging in the garden is more fun. So I have plenty of wool to share for just the postage to get it to you.
Nathan Stephanson wrote:I found this wool felt and cork insole on amazon and thought of this thread.
Nathan Stephanson wrote:
Marianne West wrote:They look interesting. Only problem is Amazon lol. I refuse to give them my money if it can be avoided...
Great news! I found the manufacturer's website
Krella Krentoshi wrote:I use flipflops for both insoles and outsoles.
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