5/15/2017

In the craft shop, locally felted hats hang next to potato chips and Tylenol and children’s books. In a vintage children’s encyclopedia, the entry for ‘weeds’ reads: Corn is a weed in a rose garden, as is a rosebush in a cornfield. There are Legos to play with, big yellow and blue Legos and western action figures, cowboys and cactus. I fiddle with zip pouches of donut seeds and skim a book about felting with a felting needle by someone named Brigette. Brigette says that the felting needle, though invented for felting factories in the early years of the industrial revolution, has only recently sparked a revolution in the felting community. Needles eliminate the need to wetfelt, which has something to do with water and soap.