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« on: October 14, 2007 08:56:14 AM »

Okay woolly people .. help a sister out, here.   Smiley

I know you can easy-felt a sweater by washing it in hot water and running it through the drier.  But I have a child's wool blanket, basket-woven in nature, that's about the size of a single bed (not hanging over the edges).   I want to felt it lightly, but I want it to come out more-or-less flat, not all mangled.  Can I still do it an easy way?  I am such a new-comer to this, I only vaguely know how I'd go about doing it any other way.  I fear that in the washer/drier it will clump into a big ball and not be flattenable.  (yes, that's a word). 

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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2007 06:43:30 PM »

What you want to do is called "fulling", which is when you 'felt' a woven or knitted material.

Anyway, is your blanket very loosely woven? If not, it will probably be fine in the washing machine - but I can't guarantee it. I full woven wool fabrics in the washing machine all the time, hot water and soap, then tumble dry hot. Different fabrics react differently depending on the particular fibers and weave.  Once or twice I have had a fabric crinkle slightly, but I have never seen a fabric form into a giant ball.  Some will only full very slightly, if the wool has been treated.

If you have a top loading washing machine, you could closely monitor the fulling process and pull out the fabric when it reaches the texture that you want, then line dry. Sometimes the dryer makes the fabric very fluffy, but it really depends.
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« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2007 12:17:16 PM »

Thanks, wumpus - it sounds like I'll just have to experiment.  I'll do like you say and keep a close eye on it.  It's woven fairly tightly so I think it'll work.

Thanks for the info!!
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« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2008 09:56:00 AM »

New to fulling question: Is it not possible to full an old sweater just in the washing machine? I don't have or use a dryer and I thought I had read somewhere that the hot water in the washer would do it. I  washed a merino wool sweater in hot water yesterday and it pretty much did nothing. Perhaps I have to do it several times? Or must I get in the car and go to a Laundromat?

Thanks for your help,
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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2008 01:04:43 PM »

tiph_thompson - As ptarmic wumpus said, it should be just fine to do your fuling in the washing machine
But if you're nervous, here's how we felt flat fabrics without the washing machine. 
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=56350.0
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« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2008 03:56:35 PM »

thanks for passing along the demo! Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2008 01:53:08 PM »

I read somewhere that when fulling in the washing machine, you shouldn't let it go through the spin cycle because that's when creasing or crinkling usually happens.

hk, the knitting board will have lots of info for you on felting knits. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2008 08:38:48 AM »

Thanks KrissyKat! I'll check out that board too.

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