20. Now is the time to remove the resist. Using sharp scissors, cut across the top of the bag (through both layers of wool and the resist) along the line that connects the points where the sides curve over (about 1.5cms from the top).
The resist will pop out a little now. Make your hands very soapy and rub along the cut edges with your fingertips using small side-to-side movements, on both sides of the bag, in the direction of the cut until the edges seal together.
With very soapy hands, remove the resist and rub around the whole of the inside of the purse for a minute. You should also rub the sides, with one soapy hand inside the purse and the other on the outside, to smooth them.
Put the purse back on the bamboo mat, smooth it out and place between layers of netting. Roll the mat up like a swiss roll, as before, and roll it back and forth 50 times. Unroll the purse, smooth and flatten it, turn it 90° and repeat the rolling.
Do this twice more so that the purse has been rolled from all four sides. Then turn the purse over, check that the inside is not starting to felt together, and repeat the rolling process on that side.
21. Now take the purse to the kitchen sink. Place a piece of bubble wrap, bubble side up, on the draining board. Draw a bowl of warm water and put the purse in it. When the wool is really wet, lift it from the water and rub a bar of soap generously all over it, inside and out – the soap will prevent friction damage to the felt.
Place the purse on the bubble-wrap and with one hand inside the purse, rub it around over the bubble-wrap (like using a washboard on your clothes). This will shrink and harden the felt so be sure to rub the purse evenly all over. After a few minutes you should notice a difference. Rinse the purse in warm water then gently squeeze it out – never wring it.
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