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Geoff, you are a completely mad individual with a great knowledge of embroidery stitches and fabrics too.  Well done m'dear and thanks for the laugh.  big_laugh 

I'll try that again!

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JoannaS said:

If you get some carded wool lay in three layers cross wise on a bamboo mat then place the silk on top of that. Wet it with soapy water, roll it up carefully and then move the roll back and forth vigorously, re-wetting from time to time with as hot water as you can take. Unroll after a couple of minutes and turn by 90 degrees and re-roll and repeating the vigorous rolling. Do this a third time and you should end up with a tightly felted piece, if not carry on with the rolling.cheers


 ....... and then what would you do with that?

It sounds like it will end up as a ball shape, but what would you use it for? confused

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.... and as for you, MOS, I think you secretly have a sewing/embroidery/knitting/crochet passion - and you're not telling us everything !!!!!  big_laugh   big_laugh

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Toffeeapple said:

Geoff, you are a completely mad individual with a great knowledge of embroidery stitches and fabrics too.  Well done m'dear and thanks for the laugh.  big_laugh 


wave TA why am I a bit suspicious of the amount of embroidery stitches Geoff knows???????  Pity we couldn't test him on his knowledge  - could be interesting  whistle 

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You go ahead and test him my dear, I'm sure he'll astound us.  I watched a demonstration of needle felting today and the thought of Geoff doing it on the gusset of his lederhosen whilst wearing them brought tears to my eyes.

I'll try that again!

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brightspark said:

 

....... and then what would you do with that?
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Make it into a felt hat to keep your ears warm in winter of course! roll_eyes

I'll try that again!

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start the tests mi darlins

one of my incarnations was as manager of an interior designe company, with a team of 15 girls and another bloke we made everything from a pillow to a picture frame .what i cant do with an overlocker and a bit of buckrum dont need doin (or shouldent be allowed )devil i just keep it quiet up the allotment shed .big_laugh

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brightspark said:

JoannaS said:

If you get some carded wool lay in three layers cross wise on a bamboo mat then place the silk on top of that. Wet it with soapy water, roll it up carefully and then move the roll back and forth vigorously, re-wetting from time to time with as hot water as you can take. Unroll after a couple of minutes and turn by 90 degrees and re-roll and repeating the vigorous rolling. Do this a third time and you should end up with a tightly felted piece, if not carry on with the rolling.cheers


....... and then what would you do with that?
 

It sounds like it will end up as a ball shape, but what would you use it for? confused

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No you end up with a flat piece of felted fabric that you can use like normal felt as long as it is well felted together. Not sure I have some wool otherwise I would put a few pictures together to demonstrate. The wool is laid out on the bamboo mat first one way then laid crossways and another layer on the top, when it is wetted it makes a thin layer on the bamboo mat and you roll the mat up a bit like swiss roll with jam in it. It is quite amazing how the piece felts and will reduce in size a lot. The great thing is it is a brilliant activity for otherwise hamfisted kids as they get the best results as the delicate usually arty girls don't put enough umph into the process. Adults have an advantage over children as they can use the really hot water to make the fabric felt quicker with less effort. Kids need cooler water with a lot of effort - great for a summer activity outside too. If you rub the bamboo roll over a ridged draining board that helps too. The secret to felt making is the alkali, heat and friction - alkali from the soap, heat from the water and friction from the action of the washing machine or the bamboo mat. If one is lacking the others need to compensate.cheers

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MOS said:

start the tests mi darlins

one of my incarnations was as manager of an interior designe company, with a team of 15 girls and another bloke we made everything from a pillow to a picture frame .what i cant do with an overlocker and a bit of buckrum dont need doin (or shouldent be allowed )devil i just keep it quiet up the allotment shed .big_laugh


Oh I just knew you would come back with a fantastic  ( and true )  answer.   big_laugh  Good for you.

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Joanna, that is fascinating stuff. Is it something one can do in school, do you think?

Is the bamboo mat a specialised piece of equipment for this purpose?

I guess it has to be 100% wool, too, otherwise the heat will have no effect - ?

 

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100% wool- yes.

Bamboo mats- placemats for small bits of felt, window blinds for big bits.

 

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Ah, hello Kate,

's funny, I was imagining just that - a place mat ok (small beginnings and all that!) - have to look through my stash and see if I have any 100% wool - don't often see it these days!

 

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Sorry, all, but i have only now caught up with this thread and the revelations of MOS devil

Nope, I cannot contribute to the saner debate. Unsurprisingly. confused

But as regards the lederhosen . . . some day I may reveal all !! smug

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Danny...I'm sitting here winding down in readiness for a gentle night of blissful sleep and suddenly I have the image of you in lederhosen 'revealing all'.

Too scared to sleep now.

 

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big_laugh

Sorry, Kate, for causing palpitations. I was only joking. Sadly, I have nothing to share laugh

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