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« on: January 25, 2008 02:39:11 PM »

I have a question...............what is the difference between felting and felt?

I have seen purses made of felt but for some reason they dont look like they are made from regular felt.  Can anyone answer my question?
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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2008 02:58:10 PM »

Hmmm...lets see...felting is the process but you can felt anything made of wool (that isn't treated to make it washable or heavily bleached). In felting something, you knit (or crochet or weave) say a purse. Then you either put in in the washing machine or somehow agitate it in hot sudsy water and the wool fibers basically mat up...or felt. they tighten up, bond together to form a tight, compact firm fabric. You can felt old sweater and then cut them up to make stuff and that is when you say it is made FROM felt (and it could be made from pre-made wool felt or plain old acrylic craft felt). But when they say an item has been felted it usually means the item was made and then put through the felting process.

I believe that is how it works. Cheesy Hope that helps! (Oh and felting is marvelous fun, I made some felted beads  - I took wads of wool roving, mashed and rolled them in hot soapy water and the miraculously turned into these solid objects...its like magic!!)
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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2008 06:29:06 AM »

Please read this before posting on the felting board  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=68351.0

Generally, when something is knit/woven then 'felted' the correct term is fulled
Felting is taking fiber, and using either a wet or a needle-felting process to turn it into a textile.

Here are some tutorials to give you an idea of both the wet-felting process and the needle-felting process
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=140465.0

So that's felting  Smiley
Craft felt is the store bought felt.
That's made by a machine using synthetic fibers, and you buy it flat and without texture.

On this felting board, we discuss the process of making handmade felt from fiber
(not craft felt, or knit than felt)
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