This rug started out in the meadow. Grown for a full year on our sheep. In spring, the sheep are sheared. The wool fleeces are skirted, hand washed, picked, carded and hand-dyed. These fleeces are then laid out in a big, fluffy mound. Water and soap are sprinkled over top, while gently smoothing the wool down by hand. Once it's partially matted down, we free-handed the zebra design loosely on top with wool (we sketched out about 10 full-scale prototypes on paper) The whole mass is smoothed, rubbed and rolled for many hours until felted. The "wrinkly stage" at the start is a bit scary. It's amazing to watch the wool eventually transform into a smooth piece of felt Approximately a 6 inch border is lost due to shrinking(picture a pure wool sweater thrown into the washer!) Keeping our zebra design stable through the felting process was tricky. The felting process wants to distort and blur whatever design is laid.