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« on: July 15, 2005 08:05:29 AM »

Has any one done any felting?
last year I made a bag using Domino knitting
then felted it
turned out great but still have not added handles
still a work in progress Grin
I have a few sweaters I'm tired of hand washing
I may (&not) cut ,sew, wash in HOT water, dry in dryer,
just to see what happens
OR---go to sally ann & buy CHEAP something real wool
that someone else was tired of hand washing mmmmmmm Roll Eyes
the brain just keeps on ticking-- hope it dosn't blow

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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2005 03:50:11 PM »

Hi moilulu:

If you're thinking on felting old sweaters,  I have an article from FC Knitting (Winter 97/98) on how to felt (which I haven't gotten around to trying myself yet) by recycling sweaters. These instructions are if you need felt for cutting and sewing into projects.

This is what the article says (bear in mind I haven't tried out these directions!):

Use these: lambswool and angora (blends with nylon can be used if <20% nylon), shetland wool, alpaca, and merino. Don't try to felt cashmere or synthetics.

Prepare the sweaters:
-darn any holes (but not too well, or you'll get lumpy felt)
-for multicolored sweaters with strands carried over on the back: cut the strands (or the felt will pucker)
-tuck sleeves into the body of the sweater

Felting:
-put sweaters and regular laundry detergent in the washer
-run the first wash cycle on "hot" 3-5 times until sweaters felted as desired
-stop machine every 5 minutes to clean lint trap
-remove sweaters, cut off sleeves and slice them open so they will lay flat.
-air dry or use dryer on  moderate heat, checking lint trap frequently

Sewing:
-cut away the seams
-using a pressing cloth, press individual pieces with a steam iron set between wood and cotton
-cut and sew the pieces as you would any other fabric


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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2005 04:06:57 PM »

Thanks
 almost to a tee what I was proposing to do
didn't think about tucking in sleeves
 Will keep you posted
Thanks again
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« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2005 04:48:08 PM »

I love the idea of felting and making something new out of something used/worn!  This article also has a gorgeous photo of a log cabin quilt made up of scraps of felted wool leftover from other felting projects, very cool.

FYI, article also says you can felt 6-10 sweaters at a time in the washing machine (darks and lights separately).  To felt a single sweater, toss it in your regular laundry with similar colours.

Good luck!
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