Will PVA stiffen felt…..

I’ve just made an experimental piece as I wanted to answer a friend’s question which was “will PVA stiffen felt”?  I created a very quick wet felted bowl using a single layer of grey Norwegian wool which was lightly felted and then soaked in a 50/50 solution of PVA and water.  It was placed over an upturned glass bowl until it dried out.  It isn’t rock hard but certainly stiff enough to give it some body.  I can’t say that I particularly like it as a finished piece, so it will probably get washed out and recycled, but the PVA did its job so my friend got their answer and I’ve learnt something for future use.

Wet felted Norwegian wool bowl