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« on: August 01, 2007 10:40:40 AM »

Hello fellow knitters!  I am working on a really cute little handbag right now, made from Lion Brand wool and Noro Silk Garden.  The Lion Brand wool is on top, and I'd like to felt only that part for stability and texture.  But, I don't want to turn the beautiful Silk Garden yarn into a complete disaster. Huh  I think washing it would be the wrong thing to do.

Any ideas??
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« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2007 10:51:10 AM »

You could knit the Lion Brand part, felt it, then pick up and knit the remainder.  If you're already into the Silk Garden section you could possibly hand-felt, but needle felting would probably be more accurate. 

Just be sure you don't over-felt.  I just ruined 3 oven mitts (didn't watch the felting time close enough) and now they won't even go on my hand.  waaah!  Cry
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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2007 01:32:14 PM »

This may sound completely dumb, but I see it mentioned on here a lot hehe.  What is felting?HuhHuh  Can somebody please help me out.  Thanks in advance.
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« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2007 02:11:27 PM »

This may sound completely dumb, but I see it mentioned on here a lot hehe.  What is felting?HuhHuh  Can somebody please help me out.  Thanks in advance.

I have exactly the same question... what's felting?Huh?
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« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2007 02:19:25 PM »

I don't feel so alone now dbh2ppa.  Thanks for speaking up with me. Smiley hehe
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« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2007 02:21:15 PM »

Essentially, agitating and shrinking wool or other natural fibers to become a solid fabric - felt. Remember using it in elementary school? This is the grown-up version. To do it normally, you throw something in the washer on hot, let it spin a bit and it will shrink. There's tons of tutorials out there - just look up "how to felt" and you'll have plenty of options  Cheesy

I agree with Calysa - needle felting would be most accurate, or I've heard of some crazy people felting in a bowl of hot water and hand-agitating stuff.
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« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2007 02:51:43 PM »

Essentially, agitating and shrinking wool or other natural fibers to become a solid fabric - felt. Remember using it in elementary school? This is the grown-up version. To do it normally, you throw something in the washer on hot, let it spin a bit and it will shrink. There's tons of tutorials out there - just look up "how to felt" and you'll have plenty of options  Cheesy

Thank you ^^...

I don't feel so alone now dbh2ppa.  Thanks for speaking up with me. Smiley hehe
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« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2007 05:56:46 PM »

Essentially, agitating and shrinking wool or other natural fibers to become a solid fabric - felt. Remember using it in elementary school? This is the grown-up version. To do it normally, you throw something in the washer on hot, let it spin a bit and it will shrink. There's tons of tutorials out there - just look up "how to felt" and you'll have plenty of options  Cheesy

I agree with Calysa - needle felting would be most accurate, or I've heard of some crazy people felting in a bowl of hot water and hand-agitating stuff.


LOL!  Grin
I thought about the needle felting option. And then I thought, I'll have to order a (needle felting) kit....and wait for it to get here....and then finish my project.  I'm not good at waiting.

So what did I decide to do?  I filled a shallow dish with hot water and a little detergent, and I felted the top of my purse with my fingertips!  And ya know, it worked like a charm!  It turned out exactly how I wanted it to.

Then I put the purse in the washing machine and let it go through spin cycle only to spin the water out.   
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« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2007 10:38:43 PM »

Essentially, agitating and shrinking wool or other natural fibers to become a solid fabric - felt. Remember using it in elementary school? This is the grown-up version. To do it normally, you throw something in the washer on hot, let it spin a bit and it will shrink. There's tons of tutorials out there - just look up "how to felt" and you'll have plenty of options  Cheesy

I agree with Calysa - needle felting would be most accurate, or I've heard of some crazy people felting in a bowl of hot water and hand-agitating stuff.
Well, then let it be said - some craftsters try some crazy things...

and they WORK!  Grin

LOL!  Grin
I thought about the needle felting option. And then I thought, I'll have to order a (needle felting) kit....and wait for it to get here....and then finish my project.  I'm not good at waiting.

So what did I decide to do?  I filled a shallow dish with hot water and a little detergent, and I felted the top of my purse with my fingertips!  And ya know, it worked like a charm!  It turned out exactly how I wanted it to.

Then I put the purse in the washing machine and let it go through spin cycle only to spin the water out.   
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