This week the CS4 students in Earth Art have accomplished quite the feat. They have been working very hard to make their own pair of wool felted slippers to keep their feet warm. We would like to give a big thank you to Terry Arnolds for coming to volunteer her time and talents to teach the students how to make slippers. Terry is the mother of a former Conserve School semester student, and her family raises sheep. The wool that she brought along for the Earth Art class came from her farm, and it was great to be able to use natural and local materials for this project. According to student Avery, “making felted wool slippers takes a lot time and a lot of patience, but it is worth it in the end.” Students had to form the wool around a pattern that they made tracing their own feet. Then the wool had to be layered evenly around the pattern. Next the felting process begain; which requires a lot of hot water and soap. Once the felting process has begun, the slippers start to take shape as the students continue to work with the wool to custom fit their feet. Once the wool is all felted and the slipper fits well, the students cut and sewed a leather sole to the bottom. After many hours of working in class and after school this week, the beautiful handcrafted slippers are becoming complete works of art.
A Special Thanks to Terry Arnold for coming to Conserve to teach the students about wool slipper making.
~Graduate Fellow Laura