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wihlemina
« on: September 24, 2012 11:47:40 PM »

Hi,
i just order 6 kg of wool ideal for bags but i didnt know it is not a wool tops (rowings) but only a carded wool - wool bats. I have no experiences with wetfelting from wool bats. Dont you know what should i do? i was thinking about drum carder but it is too expensive for me. Or felt the bags from bats just like it is now? Am worry i will not be able to lay it equally i mean it wont be the same thickness..
Will be happy for any help. thanks
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« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2012 11:21:07 AM »

Depending on the structure of the batt, you may be able to peel layers.  And also, it may make felting easier, as the fibres are already intertwined, and mussed up a bit.  I've not got a lot of experience felting from batts, unless I've carded them myelf, from tops, but I guess one good way to figure it out is to take one and do a test piece.  yank a chunk off, and felt it as is, then another chunk and try to lay it out as you would normaly. I'd even try pulling a chunk off and "drafting" it out thinner in each direction.  Experiment!   Good luck!  And maybe someone else has some good learned from experience advice.
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« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2012 01:05:04 AM »

Thanks a lot. well as u wrote i need to try and experiment. The bats are not the vbest quality, i think, cause thicknes is not the same , but i hope i will learn how to work with it Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2012 07:23:30 AM »

Hopefully you didn't spend to much on it, especially because they aren't the best quality.  If anything you might get some great texture.
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