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« on: October 23, 2011 09:21:54 AM »

Maybe you know about this already but I just came across it and think it's the COOLEST THING EVER! Do you know how many wool sweaters I've cut up for other crafts because they were all holey? Sheesh, if only I'd known.

http://www.wolplamuur.nl/?lg=nl

Next time I see a hole in a wool carpet I'm going to fix it like this, it's so neat!
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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2011 03:58:40 PM »

Thanks for the link CLM!  I can see this as helpful for elbows, but the ones on the chest I'd be tempted to make into flowers, just for prettiness sake Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2011 05:10:40 PM »

Why not! I've embroidered a blanket stitch around holes in jeans for decoration, why not go crazy with sweater holes too?
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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2012 07:28:02 PM »

This is great! But I have a few questions. 1) Wouldn't it make the finished garment unwashable because of shrinkage?  2) What about the little hairs on the back? How does she keep them down?!
I like the idea of blanket stitching around them to make it look more like regular fabric or something. Especially on the elbows. Too cute! Hey, do I have any holy clothes I need to fix? Hey, would this work on the knees of my jeans?!
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« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2012 08:06:15 PM »

It will only work on wool clothing but experimenting is worth a try! As for the details I have NO idea, I'll have to try that out too, LOL.
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« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2012 08:45:22 AM »

I saw a needle-felting book in JoAnn one time (can't remember the name of the book) but it said you can needle felt onto denim.  To repair a hole in denim, I wonder if you could needle-felt a patch first, then needle-felt the patch to the jeans?

I just googled, "Can you needle felt onto denim?" and several sites said you can use denim or heavy cotton.  Never tried it myself though.

ETA:  Funny -- I just watched the video, and all I could think was, "Man -- they need to do something about their moth problem!"  Martha Stewart had an article about repairing holes in sweaters with needle-felting, and some of them were really cute.  She used a stencil to make en even shape (ovals, circles or whatever) and then put several ovals onto one sweater, so it ended up with a decorative, more purposely-done look.
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« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2012 04:19:20 PM »

Our neighbour was bummed over some holes in her new wool mittens the other day and I remembered this, it worked out GREAT! She was totally happy to have her mittens back repaired with fluffy stuff, it's thicker and stronger than before too.

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« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2013 12:55:05 PM »

I want to fix my holey mittens like that... I just need to figure out what to stuff into the thumbs to avoid felting them together instead of just mending the hole...
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« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2013 12:27:07 PM »

I jammed a kitchen sponge into the thumbs, rolled up tight and wiggled loose every few pokes. It didn't take long to get these fixed even with turning them to stab the inside and get it flat too.
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« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2013 01:57:21 PM »

I've managed to fix one hole now Smiley I felted a patch about the size I needed first, and then rolled up some kind of packing foam to fill the thumb. I didn't flatten the inside since I figured the slight fuzz will felt with wear.
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