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« on: January 27, 2007 05:57:23 AM »

I want to make 2 felted things for a swap, but being a relative newbie at both needle felting and wet felting I'm not sure which to use!
1st is a small elephant... I started this with needle felting, but only got one ear done! I think the problem is that I'm trying to put too much detail and making it too large. I have seen a pattern showing making animals from various wet felted 'balls' and 'logs' and then I thought I could needle felt some detail and finish it up. Does that seem to be a better idea?
2nd (and more important) is a hat with ear flaps.  I do not have a hat form to needle felt it so I was thinking of using the wet felted vessel tutorial from this site and just incorporating ear flaps on the sides. Does that sound reasonable?  If that wouldn't work I will crochet it and then full it. (my partner asked for an ear flap hat, and when I asked more questions she likes the idea of 'felting'...fulling that is)

added... so I searched some more and I'm going to attempt to wet felt over a flat resist. WISH ME LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2007 01:41:36 PM »

You could make it from needle felting, but it helps if you have a tool that holds more than one felting needle.
That way , you've got 4 or so needles jabbing at one time.

My fiance made a turtle the size of his hand (complete with detailing) in around 2hrs using a needle-felting tool.

Good luck with the felting over a flat resist - if you have any questions/problems with it, feel free to ask
We had a felt-along in the past featuring that technique so there should be a number of people who can help you Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2007 03:19:48 PM »

I'm trying to make an ear flap hat.  I used the +35% method to decide the size of the resist (made from that craft foam stuff), and I felted the darn thing for hours, but it didn't shrink up much at all!! It's hanging well together and passed the pinch test ages ago but it's not getting any smaller! I'm heading over to my mom's to throw it in the washing machine and see if that does anything to it.  Any other suggestions other than making a smaller resist and starting over?

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« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2007 06:50:16 PM »

Toss it into a hot dryer. Check every 5 minutes or so. Been working great for me as long as it passes the pinch before the dryer. Good luck!
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« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2007 06:56:16 PM »

Thanks for the tip. I actually threw it into the washer on hot. It got a bit lumpy, but I think it'll be ok it did shrink alot and almost fits my hubby. I had to cut the edges a bit to make then even so I decided to needle felt a pink rim all the way around plus needle felt some extra to fill thin spots.  I'll post pic of the finished product.
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« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2007 12:07:53 AM »

Although the advice comes a bit late, check that your water is indeed
as hot as you can make it, and you're using fresh soapy water.

Then for extra shrinkage, really scrunch it up + abuse it bad!
Here's one way...

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