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pansymouse
« on: November 20, 2006 04:30:27 AM »

I have knitted a scarf from my own handspun, hand dyed merino wool which I have felted in the washing machine.  However one end of the scarf hasn't felted quite as much as the rest so is out of proportion both in terms of size and testure.  Does anyone know how I can felt that a bit more to make it the same as the rest?  I don't actualy know how to hand felt which I guess would be the solution, can someone give me some tips?  Bear in mind that I'm in the UK so I will probably not have access to some of the products available in the US.  The main part of the scarf is as felted as I want it to be so I dion't want to put the whole thing through the machine again in case it gets too small.
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danam2007
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2006 04:40:28 AM »

I've not hand felted much.  But I think you can take the part that has not felted as well to the sink with warm water, a little soap, and bubble wrap for the agitatation it would work.  It make take as much as 10 or 15 minutes but you can regulate how much it will felt.  I hope this helps. 
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lilfishyinbigblu
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2006 04:45:48 AM »

yes for hand felting you want hot water, soap, and bubble wrap for aggitation. here would be my suggestions, i use the smallest bubble wrap possible, and for soap i use dr bronners, its all organic, and works wonders felting anything and every thing. also i would have on hand more of your wool, just incase you have holes you need to fill with it. what you want to do to actualy get the part of your scarf to felt is get it very hot in the hot water, pour a lot of soap on, and roll it up in the bubble wrap, then keep rolling it, this should help felt it up. if you have any holes in your felting then i would add a little more wool from the yarn.
Good luck!
Jane
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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2006 05:19:04 AM »

Hi, this question has been moved to Knitting. It was origionally posted in the Felting Board, please check Felting FAQ. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=68351.0

Feltmakers consider the process under question "fulling"  the shrinking- shortening and fattening of the hair fiber.  To feltmakers, felt is a non-woven starting from laying out fiber hunks.

You will most likely find similarities of pattern of shrinkage similar and might try some fulling techniques and may want to check out wet felting topics for ideas.  And as you see by the replies already, it is the knitters who will be helpful in fulling knitted items.

We invite you to check out the felting boards to learn more about wet felting and needle felting.
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pansymouse
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2006 07:31:11 AM »

Thanks everyone.  I'll look out the bubble wrap and get kneading this evening.  I will report back on porgress.

I only noticed the felting board after I posted here so I posted the question there as well - am I very bad?
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« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2006 11:30:50 AM »

Hi pansymouse, not bad, we just like to clarify and keep the felting board within the realm of primary felting.    Now double posting, woops, that is Craftster no-no.  Smiley
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Zibbet http://www.zibbet.com/aTranquilNook
Blog http://aTranquilNook.blogspot.com/
Oh how I love to Sew and Make felt
pansymouse
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2006 04:35:07 AM »

Sorry Grace, I put myself in the naughty corner for an hour and am now resolved to be a good girl  Grin

I had a go with diluted soap flakes and bubble wrap last night and I think things are as even as I'm going to get them.  Thanks everyone for the tips and suggestions.
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