16. Now, grab your pair of old tights. Open as wide as you can and get right down to the foot. If your project is large, then use the crotch part of the tights. Be sure to tie it up so your project can’t escape! If you want to do some more, you can fill up a whole pair of tights!
17. Now put in the washing machine and run a normal cycle. As this project is designed to be very eco-friendly, please wait until you have some clothes to wash and don’t run a cycle purely for your wool! We use the washing machine because it has the two things we need for a perfect felt – hot water, and friction. Have you ever put a woollen jumper in the wash too hot and its come out as a little felted jumper? That’s because the wool has felted! And that’s why we have to be careful when washing woollen products.
18. Once the washing machine has finished, find your tights and cut the knots to release your work. It is very likely that the fibres will have bonded with parts of the tights, but just pull them off and your little pods will be perfectly fine! Your pods may also be very warped; again do not worry this is normal. This is because the wool fibres have shrunk to become felt, and the foam inside has not! As you can see by the picture, some come out with the twine showing. This is just where the fibres have moved, but it is no problem and adds a little character to the pods!
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