I cut the pattern and then the prefelts and laid then out with some fibre shapes on the pattern which was covered in bubble wrap
Felting was hard work. It was difficult to get it soapy enough I think because there was still lanolin in my hand washed mule. And it was difficult to get it all to mesh together. Eventually after seemingly hours i rubbing , i moved on to rolling. Rolling and rolling and rolling. First by hand , then on my swivel chair and finally on an ordinary chair. Ths way all my effect went into the felt not into the chair swiveling. I walked on it and I beat it with a mallet. Lucky I have solid concrete floors.
What a mess I am working in!Eventually it was as felted and shrunk as I could manage. Not quite as thick as I anticipated but felted back to front.
Considering its inspiration was the shadows and grasses on a river pool I struggle to work out why it reminds me of cactuses.