Yes, it's primitive, but it's a rug! I love the colors, and I love walking on it. Not that I've gotten to do much of that yet because I don't want to get it all dirty. It still needs to hang at the elementary school so the kids who worked on creating the pre-felt for it can see the fruits of their labor.
The blue background was done in two sections in the kiddie pool and the other colors were cut out of the prefelts people made in the ziplock bags last weekend. I needled them loosely onto a one pound batt of wool that I had dyed green. The entire rug is made of wool from my Shetland Mules (50/50 Shetland/Bluefaced Leicester). It took the dyes well and felted well.
I wetted it down (too much) and tried to roll it up and get it downstairs without getting susdy water all over my house.
After several hours of rolling and unrolling, flipping and turning and rolling some more, the felting was done and the fulling was underway. I love the fulling process, it involves squeezing and dropping the wet soapy felt until it shrinks down and starts to pucker up a bit.
These three worked on making prefelts last week and I was happy to see them and their mom come to see the finished rug. There are lots of prefelts leftover, I could make a whole SERIES of rugs with them - and I just might!