There are light and dark areas, and these are called the felting pattern.
The chief characteristic of wool is its felting or shrinking power.
Fulling is similar to felting, the principal object of each being to condense the fibers, thereby increasing the firmness.
Glueing and felting play an important part in the work of the weavers.
In ordinary paper the fibres are pressed together without any special arrangement, like wool fibres in felting.
We will now see what the effect of water is in the felting operation.
It is no wonder that such "dead wool" will be badly adapted for felting.
An insect excellently equipped for gathering and felting cotton is ill-equipped for cutting leaves, kneading mud or mixing resin.
Although not deteriorated in strength, it almost entirely loses its felting properties.
Thus the principles involved in felting are also applied in the manipulation of long fibre fabrics.
Old English felt, from West Germanic *feltaz "something beaten, compressed wool" (cf. Old Saxon filt, Middle Dutch vilt, Old High German filz, German Filz, Danish filt), from Proto-Germanic *felt- "to beat," from PIE *pel- "to thrust, strike, drive" (cf. Old Church Slavonic plusti), with a sense of "beating" (see pulse (n.1)).
"to make into felt," early 14c. (implied in felted); see felt (n.).
past tense and past participle of feel (v.).