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kimmiecarlson
« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2004 04:02:21 PM »

what if I want to be super lazy and use some old wool sweaters to make something (instead of knitting something and felting it)?!?
anyone have suggestions??
cut sweater and stitch something up first and then shrink? or shrink first, then create and stitch??
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« Reply #11 on: February 29, 2004 04:45:16 AM »

Shrink the sweater then cut it as you wish (if you cut it apart first, it will unravel into a horrible mess). You might want to check out Ready Made Mag's site...they had something on felting sweaters awhile ago.
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« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2004 09:31:59 AM »

i have a pattern for one in Stitch n Bitch, if you'd like that.

otherwise, use a wool sweater. I have one that a friend put in the dryer (ack! it was one of my favorites too!), still kinda fits, but i want to make a bag from it. i think it'd work, just as long as i felt it some more...
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« Reply #13 on: March 18, 2004 06:52:19 PM »

Felting from scratch, as it were, is really a lot of fun and not too difficult - I've done a couple of sheets of felt and they took less than an hour, but I'm pretty impatient and I imagine they would have been smoother if they'd taken longer.  

As Toast mentioned upthread, you lay out small tufts of wool slightly overlapping to make a square (or circle, for the Martha-style purse) on top of a smooth sheet of fabric. Roving, not batting is better, because it's all combed into one direction.  Then you  make a second layer, with the tufts laid out perpindicular to the first.  Once you get about 4 layers, you spray it with hot water and dish detergent, and kind of pat it til it starts to mat up.  Then you can start really felting it- easiest way is to get a cheap matchstick blind, and roll it up jellyroll style, and just roll and roll and roll.  (sprinkle it with more hot soapy water before rolling up)

Once it is kind of one piece, you unroll it.  If you want a flat piece, turn it 90 degrees and roll some more.  I think if you want a sculpted piece like the purse, then  you'd place it over some sort of form- like a bowl, or a giant tumbler.  Add more hot soapy water, and keep massaging it as it shrinks and tightens up.  You can put on little tufts of different color to make a pattern at this point, and massage them in.

Whoo, this is a dissertation. But believe me, it's fun.  I'll post a picture of my coffee-pot cozy (with irony) that I sewed out of handmade felt when I get around to it.    Plus, here's some links that are probably clearer than what I wrote:
http://www.weavespindye.org/html/felting1.html (this has terrific instructions with photos)
http://www.outbackfibers.com/info/feltinginst.htm all different sorts of hand felting
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principessa
« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2005 12:33:55 PM »

I just knitted and felted my first handbag from a book called Knit One, Felt Two.  I am pretty proud of my first effort and would strongly recommend this book.  The patterns are v. cute and the directions clear and easy to follow.

Felt On!!
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