3. Starting at one end, tightly roll up the fiber lengthwise. Fold the bubble wrap over the fiber so it sits in the crease (PHOTO B). Gently roll the fiber back and forth for two minutes (PHOTO C).
4. To lengthen the rope, open the bubble wrap and grab the fibers with your hands about 8 in. (20cm) apart. Pull evenly, working your way along the entire length of the rope.
5. Dribble a few drops of hot, soapy water along the rope. Starting at one end, roll the wool back and forth for 30 seconds. Repeat to the end of the rope. Felt retains water when held horizontally, and sheds water when held vertically. To achieve a branched or crooked appearance, bunch it up and let it dry. Similarly, if you want it to spiral, coil it before drying.
6. After rolling the rope, increase the pressure and work from end to end until you reach the desired diameter. The rope should feel solid yet flexible. You should not be able to remove any of the fibers when you pinch the surface.
7. Rinse the rope in hot, then cold water. Place it between two towels on the floor, and walk on it to extract the excess water. Hang vertically to dry.
1. Work on a piece of bubble wrap with the bubble side down. Repeat steps 1 and 2 above, pulling wisps from the red roving. Arrange them in a rectangle approximately 5 x 18 in. (13 x 46cm).
2. Sprinkle the fiber with 1⁄2 cup of hot, soapy water.
3. Cut the plastic bag into one large sheet and cover the fiber with it. Flatten the plastic with your hands, pressing out any air bubbles and spreading the water throughout the fiber without disturbing it. Rub the plastic for several minutes without agitating the fiber, then remove the plastic.
4. Place the roller at the edge of the fiber and roll it into a tube. Secure it with a tie at each end. Roll it gently in the same direction for five minutes.
5. Untie the fiber and place the roller at the opposite edge. Repeat step 4. Unwrap and pinch the fibers of the felt. If the fibers come loose, re-roll for another five minutes.