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Felting anyone?
Mon 27-Feb-12
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I got a book out of the library last week which was on knitting and felting bags, they look brill and I'd like to have a go, the book is not realy for the novice, so there is little advice on whether you can only use certain wools. From internet research it would appear you need to use pure wools, and if so they should felt at 40 degrees. Has anyone an experience here, I really want to give it a try.

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Hi Jan - I haven't tried it, although I have seen many things made in this way, and would like to have a go, but, as you say, it must be pure wool, otherwise it won't felt.

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Mon 27-Feb-12
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Yes, I rather fancy trying it.too...my mother used to do it all the time, accidentally......!!big_laugh

Sometime ago I saw an interesting article about it on the internet....I 'll try to find it again.  wave

 

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Had a browse of ebay - stuck some bids on a few batches of pure wool, fingers crossed

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I've done a bit of needle felting but it takes a lot of hard work.

I'll try that again!

Mon 27-Feb-12
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"The beautiful is as useful as the useful...perhaps more so."

from Les Miserables

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Felting happens due to three actions, one the alkali in the soap powder, heat from the hot water and agitation. You can reduce one but make up for it in another way, that means you can let children do felting without burning their hands with boiling hot water, but they have to put more effort into it = more fun. So if you use 40C wash you will need a longer wash to felt your knitting. I seem to think that sometimes stuffing a plastic bag into the item will help to stop the back felting to the front as much but I don't think this always necessary.

I have felted cardigans and then made them into cushions, they were felting anyway. And I have made felt from merino wool. You can use some acrylic mix in the wool you use, as long as there is some natural fibre to felt, but you will get a crinkly effect as the acrylic won't shrink as much as the wool fibres. cheers

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waveMust be 40yrs ago but I managed it easily . Mother wouldn't knit me a sloppy jumper so I bought one ( Jaeger no less ) it weighed over 4lbs  . After we married Jean insisted that it was too heavy when wet for her to wash . On a day off I went to the laundrette inserted the jumper and sat back , the jumper got wet stuck to one side of the drum and bent the shaft of the drum ( top loader ) ; thumped a bit in the dryer as well  came out beautifully felted and three-quarter size . Never fitted anymore , we changed laundrettes.        runaway

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big_laughRoy that's so funny! big_laugh

 

Have to confess I don't even know what felting is........embarassed  Having looked at that first link of Nadine's, I'm still not too sure ponderwhistle

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Felting is when fibres become more and more entangled. If you look at sheep's wool under a microscope they have little hooks on them and as they get bashed about it acts a bit like a rachet. Does that helpwhat_the_heck

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Erm......kind of whistlebig_laugh.  Think I'll stick to crocheting! wink

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This is an example of one of the bags I want to have a go at - beautiful

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That bag is gorgeous!

I am going to come over all pompous now and say something- hey, I'm a granny and am allowed to do the egg sucking lessons! In case anyone hasn't clocked it in any of the instructions, when making felt, it has to be wool, and it has to be NOT Superwash. If you use the superwash stuff, you are in for a very big disappointment. It just refuses to felt! I don't know about any of the other animal fibres - definitely parts of the dog such as behind her ears, but the harvest wouldn't be big enough to make it worthwhile. dog

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Thanks Jean, yes bidding on 100% pure wool, have a batch due to finish on ebay tonight, but I'm out, so fingers crossed

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