We have always loved Vancouver designers Stephanie Forsythe and Todd MacAllen, who hit the scene a few years ago with the softwall and followed up with the softseating. They are at it again with the completely silly but wonderful felt rocks:
"sculptural pieces, made from 100% pure wool felt - solid all the way through, and are individually hand dyed in a painstaking process. felt rocks come in sets of 5 hand selected rocks, contained within a natural grey wool felt bag. The rocks vary in shape in size, but average about 4-6 inches across."
They describe the process of making the rocks, not too different from the rock tumbler of my childhood: "felt rocks in their raw form are lumps of felt formed as a byproduct in the industrial process of making felt polishing wheels for optical lenses. Small bits of wool fluff gather more and more felt fiber, growing like snowballs, as they tumble around in a big drum with the polishing wheels. Each wool fiber is a tiny hollow tube with burred sides. In the felting process, with steam and pressure, these little hollow tubes become entangled with each other forming a strong bond without any glues or binders. Like rocks formed by the tumbling action of a river, each piece takes on a unique shape. The pieces are selected, processed and finished through a series of steps into the final product - felt rocks. " ::molo design via ::padstyle