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Topic: where to get "carded wool" and or the other woolly stuff you need  (Read 3308 times)
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« on: January 22, 2007 10:27:41 AM »

ok. pretty much the topic asks the question lol where could i get carded wool or w/e? i want to try making felted soap (I found a link somewhere on crafster - colour amonth craftalong i think -it looks relatively easy: http://www.mielkesfarm.com/felt_soap.htm    and it says you need carded wool)

so could i get it at like walmart or somthing? or is tehre other stuff I could use from walmart / michaels?
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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2007 10:37:02 AM »

I haven't found any fibers at Michael's or Wal-Mart.  I have seen some at Hobby Lobby by the needle felting section.  They just added that section in my HL, so you might have to see if they've added it to yours or not.

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« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2007 10:56:44 AM »

i actually dont have a hobby lobby near me  Angry  which sucks.  Can you buy yarn that would work? except that i probably couldnt cover soap with yarn. guh im fustrated.
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« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2007 10:59:59 AM »

Well, I know that they have yarn made just for felting now.  So I'm assuming that if you took that yarn (can't recall the brand, but someone here will know) and spread it out a bit more that it would felt the same as wool roving.

Does anyone else have an opinion on that?
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« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2007 11:30:54 AM »

Check out the resources topic - see sticky posts in blue at top of the Felting Discussion and Questions Board.   And the feltalong index http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=105792.0  Feltalong #1was making felt covered soap - lots of info there.  Probably also helpful to read the Felting FAQ.

Welcome to the felting area and have fun.

Since you liked Mielke's tutorial, you know they sell fiber too. Smiley  The nicer fiber (softer) is frequently not available to many locally.  Many of us order in our fiber.

If the "yarn" is actually pencil roving not spun yarn it would work.  Breaking down spun yarn is likely to tear fibers and may give poor results for handmade felt.
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« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2007 11:52:28 AM »

I'm guessing that you're just so excited about trying this that you can't wait for supplies to arrive via mail order. Does that sound about right? If that's the case, maybe you can find a local Spinning/Weaving guild. There are a lot of small fiber suppliers who don't have public shops but can be reached through a guild.

Spin Off magazine (which you may be able to find at a chain bookstore if nothing else) has guild listings. You can also try searching online, here's a link to get you started. http://www.camillavalleyfarm.com/other/weavingguilds.htm

If you can find a loosely spun wool yarn, you might be able to reclaim a small quantity the fibers by pulling the plies apart and hand carding them using a pair of small dog "slicker" brushes. I wouldn't want to do a lot of it, but it might be worth trying for a small project while you wait for supplies to arrive from an online/mailorder source.

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« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2007 04:57:42 PM »



Usually we use wool like the wool on the left to felt with
But thick wool like that on the right, can also be felted with.
As you can see, it's loosely spun and is thick yarn  (approx. the thickness of a pencil.



Check that the label says that it's wool (or a variation eg alpacca, mohair, etc)
And make sure it's NOT machine washable.
(Some companies treat wool to ensure that it doesn't accidentally felt in the wash)
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« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2007 05:27:50 PM »

The finished green and red looks like the MirthFairies dreads. I love when she wears them at Faire. She looks so adorable.
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« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2007 05:29:36 PM »

Yup..I saw some at Hobby Lobby...and it's been haunting me since. It was very pretty...at least to my untrained eyes.
And I didn't get any...and I live a ways from Hobby Lobby. Sad

Oh hey..I just recalled that one of the LYS here has roving/batting..I dont know the difference..

maybe you have a lys, and they have some?

Tell you what I did one year. I knitted a wool soap sack and put a bar of homemade soap in it for my brother in law.
it did indeed felt...but I know that isn't really what your going for?
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« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2007 06:41:55 PM »

When I first got addicted, I found wool in the very, very back of one of the better 'fiber' (yarn) shops in the area. The white was blue faced leicester, which felts okay, but not super, and the brown and orange were mystery wool. The online orders specifically for felting work better, but it was fun to jump right in. Just remember, good tools make good products. If you are getting less than great results, don't just think it is you; read more, but also try different wools, different needle sizes, different supplies for rolling etc, etc.
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