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Topic: felting / fulling shrinkage  (Read 781 times)
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« on: January 10, 2005 10:53:02 AM »

I attempted to full some slippers that I had crocheted with 100% virgin wool over the weekend.  The first pair are salvageable, but the second ones will take quite a bit of work!  I started with an ugly pea green that I tried to dye black, as you can almost see frome the pic it turned a varigated dark green and black, that was ok.  But After I had crocheted them and put them in the washer to full them they came out narrow and with little shrinkage in the length.  The 2nd one ended up longer than I had crocheted it.  Has any one else noticed that crocheted items tend to shrink more in one direction or another?

« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2005 06:16:57 AM »

I think the only thing to do to determine felting/fulling shrinkage is to work up a test swatch and see what it does when you wash it.  High tedium, I know, and for those of us who don't like testing gauge in the first place, it's even worse, but in my few attempts at felting things, I've found there seems to be no rhyme or reason to the shrinkage and that running a test on a swatch is the only way to know.

I think there are more felting/fulling tips and more people who try it on the knitting board, so you might wander over there and see if you can find some sage advice.  My experience with felting is pretty limited.
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2005 07:23:33 AM »

I've found there seems to be no rhyme or reason to the shrinkage

That was what I was wondering.  I have been over on the Knitting board, but was wondering how crochet was affected.  Thanks.
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