When I felt, I lay down layers of wool; first a background of white, and then colors to form a picture. I sprinkle it with soap, saturate it with warm water, and begin to gently tap they layers together. The felt is an intentional, tight tangle, the strongest kind of cloth. I always imagine Mongolian Nomads making their felted yurts hundreds of years ago. After the felt is made, I use felting needles to add more wool as highlights, definition and clarity.
I recently started making felted animals at the suggestion of a friend. What fun they are to make! They each have a wire skeleton, so they can change position. I love using the soft curls from my friend Jenny's sheep to use as manes , and to make the sheep themselves more authentic!