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« on: August 16, 2012 02:51:13 PM »

Hi felters!

I've decided I want to try to felt some of the pieces I crochet. What are suggestions on the best yarn for felting. My local craft store only had Wool-Ease, which was 80% acryllic and 20% wool. A google search shows that can, felt, but I had no luck on a small piece I tried to quickly agitate myself.

I ordered Bernat Miaramar brand 100% virgin wool worsted (but it's very thin--sorry, don't really understand the whole worsted number stuff yet). So, I made a tiny flower, and tried to agitate it in a coffee cup by hand, and it didn't seem to felt either.

Is it because I tried by hand, or is there a better yarn source. I actually would like something that is more akin to the feel of Caron Simplicity or something.

Would I be better with a hand-spun wool, or are there good brands to buy.

Suggestions, and links to reasonably priced etsy shops, etc greatly appreciated. I don't want to spend an arm and a leg trying this out, ya know?

Thank you!
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« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2012 07:27:22 AM »

I can't so much answer that, other then you need to find a wool yarn that is more fuzzy then smooth.   But I do want to ask (and maybe you did this, and weren't overly specific about your methods)  did you use hot soapy water when aggitating?  Because while just plain hot water might do a bit, the soap off sets the Ph of the water, which causes a reaction to the wool as well as the heat, moisture and agitation.   And it sometimes takes a little effort.

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