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« on: August 06, 2004 08:55:16 AM »

What is felting and blocking?  I have read these terms quite a bit here but I have never heard of these before here.  So would someone like to enlighten me?

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« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2004 09:20:02 AM »

felting (or I guess, more properly 'fulling') is when you deliberately shrink your item.  By using hot water and agitation, you get a fabric that is thicker, sturdier, doesn't show stitch definition, and won't unravel (even if you cut it).  You can even felt thrift store sweaters, and then cut them up and use it as fabric to make mittens or whatever.  Felting only works with animal fibers (wool, mohair, alpaca, etc) but you can sometimes use two strands of yarn (one wool, one synthetic eyelash or whatever) for a novelty effect - only the wool actually felts, and the eyelash still sticks out.  There are a few topics on felting in the directory of popular questions and topics (up under the search box, click on that link).

blocking is the process of taking a finished piece and making it more the shape you want it (I've only done it with knit pieces so I don't know how well it works with crochet).  There are lots of ways of blocking, usually it involves water and/or heat and pinning the item to the desired dimensions.  Here's[url] a great article on different methods of blocking for different fibers from knitty.
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2004 08:14:57 AM »

Yeah, I know yet another question from me about this.  Undecided

I'm working on the Kitty Pie bed and have been thinking the instructions (for knitting) use big needles. I have been using an average sized needle and using single crochet. My circle is now around 17 inches and I'm beginning to wonder if using a tighter stitch would cause the shrinkage to be a smaller proportion than someone using a larger stitch.

Have any of you had success with using a more gappy stitch, hdc or tc perhaps? Does it felt as tight? Shrink as much? Yep, I'm getting impatient -  it feels like this is taking forever using single crochet.

I would do some swatching, but I am barely going to have enough yarn (found a bunch in my stash) and money is tight.


« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2004 12:45:45 PM »

I've only ever felted single crochet, but  I imagine anything longer would be too gappy to felt well.  yes, the shrinkage will be of a smaller proportion than if you used a lerger hook, but on the bright side, it won't take as much time to felt.

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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2004 01:22:53 PM »

I was thinking a tighter stitch might shrink less. The others who made this bed, some said it was almost too small; I'm wondering if I stay with the 27" original diameter that mine will be wayyyy too big. The web site said it shrunk 10".

I know I am fussing alot about this project, but it is a lot of yarn and I figure if it messes up I'll end up with a very expensive flower pot cozy.



« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2005 08:38:42 AM »

I was thinking a tighter stitch might shrink less.

Tighter stitches do shrink less -- there's less space for it to shrink up. If you want to try a different stich and felt it, definitely swatch it, measure it, and then felt it to the texture you want, and measure it again once it's dry. It will save you headaches later, let me tell you! Smiley

« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2005 07:53:04 PM »

I've never felted before--anyone have instructions to share?  Is it possible to felt yarn that is not 100% wool?

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« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2005 08:32:16 PM »


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« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2005 07:31:31 AM »

Not that I'm trying to plug my blog or anything, but I just made some crocheted felted bags.  There are pictures & basic how to's, including before & after felting measurements.  If interested, http://www.grannysquarewoman.blogspot.com.  It's one of the more recent entries.
« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2005 09:28:32 AM »

Thanks for the help! I have lots of instructions now, am starting my first pair of slippers to be "fulled", not "felted" as I've just learned!!  Smiley
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