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« on: October 23, 2007 01:31:11 AM »

Hi there,

I've recently started making bags, and have a jumper that's partly angora/cashmere or something similar - I washed it on cool when I should have hand-washed, and it shrank! (so I can't wear it) How would I felt/full it - can I just put it in the washing machine at 90 or something?  I'd like it to be thicker and even smaller, so I can make a bag with it.

« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2007 05:16:13 PM »

Yepper, just throw it in the machine with hot water. The combination of hot water and agitation should do the trick.

If you need it fulled more you can pull it out of the hot water and dunk it in cold water then wring out well and back into the hot water and agitation. The "shock" will further the fulling.
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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2007 06:59:18 AM »

It also helps to throw in a pair of jeans (or tennis balls, I've heard?) in the wash while you felt it... creates more agitation.

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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2007 08:10:22 AM »

Be sure to put it in a pillowcase for the felting so you don't clog up the washer! You woudn't believe the amount of lint that comes out when you felt stuff.

« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2007 10:39:25 AM »

Okay, I've tried it now (twice, in a pillowcase, with a pair of jeans!) but it's only shrunk a little - I think I might have to go for the 'shock' treatment!  Thanks for your advice - I hope it'll eventually get smaller and thicker!

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