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« on: October 11, 2004 06:32:17 PM »

Hey gang, I have a question for all of you who have felted. What is the softest felted yarn you've used. I want to make some felted slippers for my father for x-mas and he abhors scratchy yarn (even on his feet) so I need to find something that felts up nice, soft, and smooth. Any suggestions out there? Thanks in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2004 05:17:12 AM »

well, any animal fiber that isn't superwash should felt.  So you could go with alpaca or cashmere. 

But if you want to try something cheaper do this - take your favorite scratchy feltable yarn, and make a swatch and felt it.  Then wash it by hand in shampoo and conditioner.  That should soften it up some.  Whether it will be soft enough, I don't know, but felted slippers take a fair amount of yarn, so it seems like it would be worth a try, especially if you've got some scraps lying around.
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« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2004 11:50:41 AM »

The softest yarn I've felted is Blue Faced Leicester.  That's a breed of sheep, not a brand.  It felts tightly and has a silky surface.

Mine was from The Fleece Artist http://www.fleeceartist.com/yarn_bluefaceleister.html, but you can find it elsewhere.
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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2004 06:40:38 AM »

I've never felted alpaca, but I know it does felt, and it's got to be super-soft--and there's some on sale at elann as we speak.
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« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2004 07:48:27 AM »

Thanks for the replies guys. For some reason it never occurred to me to felt anything but wool and mohair Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2004 12:33:09 PM »

emling, good thinking. Alpaca is soft when felted.  It has quite a halo, though - longer, lighter hairs that stand proud of the fabric.
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« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2004 01:03:00 PM »

Of course, you can always shave the final piece if you don't want fuzz.
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