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« on: June 25, 2006 01:37:54 PM »

Hi all! I really hope this is the proper place to to put this topic  Undecided

I am an avid crocheter and have just recently started getting into make small softies with felt.

For right now I am using the cheapo felt you can get at the craft store.
the problem I am having is that when I handstitch with the felt, i get these weird, out of shape, seams that I dont find very attractive at all.

When I try to stitch the fabric then turn it out so that the seam is on the inside, it isnt very smooth and tends to look lumpy.

I would much preffer to stitch it with the seam on the outside, but I must be doing something wrong..

Is there some secret that Im just not getting?

I hope that made sense! haha
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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2006 01:40:09 PM »

try using a blanket stitch or other hand overlocking stitch and a contrasting thread- i think you'll like the results much better.
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2006 11:02:19 AM »

Thank you very much! It worked perfectly!
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2006 11:19:44 AM »

Here are a couple examples I did for some swaps.
This is sewn to a knit, felted pouch for the one tiny thing swap

This one is my avatar, a wool felt pincushion I did for the pincushion swap.  I love wool felt because it is easier to work with.

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« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2006 11:49:50 AM »

Gingerquilts- Those are fantastic!  I've very impressed Smiley

I second that wool felt is easier to work with.  I've found that it's thicker and has nicer edges.
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« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2006 12:14:50 PM »

can you purchase wool felt?

« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2006 06:29:15 PM »

The wool felt I've purchased has been from a quilt shop and a shop in town where they sell things to make hooked rugs.  You can also get it online or at ebay. I have also gone so far as to purchase 100% (or close to it) wool skirts and jackets at goodwill or garage sales in colors I like or that can be dyed.  Then you "felt" it in a hot water wash through the washer and put it in the dryer.  I then cut it apart.  That's where I got the wool for the kitty in the first picture I posted earlier.  I don't recommend doing your felting at home unless you have a lint trap on your washer - huge plumber bill when the excess balls of fluff get stuck in the drain!  You can felt 100% wool sweaters, too and use the felted results like fabric. 

Online quilt shops sell wool, too.

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« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2006 07:08:47 PM »

thanks so much!  love your items!

« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2006 07:27:53 PM »

Thanks!  Felt is so fun and easy to work with.

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« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2006 06:44:14 AM »

I use the really lame felt that you get at walmart to make a ton of stuffies I'm not sure what you would call the stitch though....

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