You will need approximately 50 to 75gm of superfine Merino wool tops for an average scarf. If you want to make a Nuno scarf, we suggest anywhere between 1.8 metres and 2.5 metres of fabric. Remember a well felted scarf should shrink 30 to 40 %.
Approximately 10 to 25gm of other fibres or fabrics to decorate the top layer of wool. Silk tops (either Bombyx or Tussah), Silk Textured Waste and/or Silk Hankies are often used.
Thin painters plastic
Inexpensive large sheets of thin plastic from the hardware or paint store.
Netting (slightly larger than the size of your project)
We like stretch netting. You can also purchase an inexpensive mosquito net from IKEA that is very good. We usually choose to avoid stiff or scratchy netting, I find them annoying. An old net curtain from a second hand shop can do a good job as well.
Water jug with sprinkling top
Use an old plastic milk jug and make lots of small holes in the lid with a large needle.
Olive oil soap
Make a soap slurry by using a potato peeler to flake off the soap into some very hot water, or just hold the bar in your hand.
Several old towels
Three pieces of strong elastic
Long enough to tie around your felt bundle.
Table or work surface
It's easier if your project will fit on the table all at once, however if not, treat your work like a ‘scroll’ – rolling up the part you have finished and then working on the other unfinished part. Please make sure your work surface is ergonomic for your body. Your table should be high enough so that your elbow and forearms are at a 90 degree angle when you roll.
Old glass washboard or plastic painter's tray
You can find old glass washboards at antique shops or a plastic painter's tray at a hardware or paint store. As a last resort use the drain board by your kitchen sink.
Electric household tumble dryer
Your own dryer should be fine as long as it is not mounted upside down on the wall (in which case the electrics are at the bottom and it’s not a good idea to use it this way). A small second-hand dryer can be purchased at any cash converter store for very little. We will only use the ‘cool’ cycle. It is not the heat of the dryer that does the hardening - it’s the ‘thumping’ or dropping action that takes the place of rolling your felt.