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« on: September 05, 2006 01:09:54 AM »

I live in the UK and I find it very difficult to get hold of feltable wool.

Would anyone be able to tell me some different brands of wool that felts really well.

Would you also be able to tell me if the white of that brand felts?

Thank you to anyone that can help me out Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2006 05:52:02 AM »

I've felted Cascade 220, and it works quite well.  (At least in the non-white shades, I used red and purple.) 

And perhaps if you want to felt something in white, you should try an "eco-friendly" yarn that doesn't use harsh dye processes.  Cascade has their Eco Wool, which comes in white and grey shades.  According to its Yarndex entry, someone used it to felt and was happy with the results. 
http://www.yarndex.com/yarn.cfm?yarn_id=58
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« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2006 06:36:08 AM »

Any wool (inc alpaca or llama) is feltable unless it has been treated to be "super wash".  That said, Merino wool is somewhat resistant to felting.

When I've had problems felting it has either been because the wool was bleached white or the water in my washer wasn't hot enough.  In the latter case, what I now do is boil water in my largest pot and add it to the washer.  Keep checking your project and don't let it go through the spin cycle - eventually it should felt the way you want it to.

I hope that wasn't explanation saturation.

Good luck!
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« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2006 08:41:59 PM »

Rowan (which as im sure you know is an English company) recently put out a "The felted collection" book. Rowan is slightly expensive yarn, so I personally wouldnt felt it, but it might be a good place to start as most of their wools are "feltable" (others are blends). Id also think you could get lambs pride, which is famous for having a million different colors, being reasonably priced, and felting up amazingly.

you might also try poking around on english blogs, and asking via comments where they get their stuff. and hitting ebay/online yarn sources.
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