Here I'll try to give some tips for felted product buyers and felt-making beginners as well. I make felted footwear mainly so basically I have it in my mind and I'm talking about it. Why? Because my colleague recently has shared some links and photos to some slippers and baby booties witch were... Well I can't say that stuff was not felted enough, it was pre-felted. Not sure is it legal to share a link to these products.But here are some advises.
- Felted footwear mustn't be fluffy. It must be hard felted and solid.
- If you are tying to make slippers by your self be sure it shrinks enough. Yes it takes hours of hard work. That's ok, that's normal.
- Shoe last would help.
- Well made felt cost a lot. Normally it cost more than all these pre-felted items.
- Well felted slippers or shoes might be worn up to one - two years. Depend how frequently. I'm working at home in my slippers, for example.