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Topic: Some New Stuff!!!!!!! felting yarn tutorial  (Read 5039 times)
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« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2005 02:11:09 PM »

Wow.. felted yarn... who'd have thought?

Can I felt something like lion brand fisherman's wool.. or whatever it is they call that big skein? I bought it to dye with koolaid.. but I want to do something more to it too... felting sounds just right! Should I felt first and then dye.. or dye and then felt?


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« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2005 10:26:20 AM »

Yeah! You can felt any yarn that is 100% wool.Except for superwash. It's also hard to felt light colors, like white. I'm not positive about the dyeing......hmmmm, I guess I would dye it first. By the way I love dyeing with kool aid. It's an awesome way to get some great colors.
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« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2005 07:19:46 AM »

You can felt any yarn that is 100% wool.

Not true!  There's superwash yarn, which is made not to felt on purpose, but some pale colors of non-superwash wool yarn are bleached, which messes with the wool's scales and makes it not felt properly.  Some of the pale colors of Lamb's Pride don't felt, for instance.  It's best to do a test. 

As for dyeing before or after felting, that is up to personal taste.
« Reply #13 on: October 07, 2005 12:29:15 PM »

My mistake! That's right. I forgot about the light colors like white and cream. Also the superwash stuff. Sorry  Embarrassed

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« Reply #14 on: October 07, 2005 02:33:03 PM »

The stuff I have is off white.. the same stuff that everyone was using in the koolaid dying posts.. I think several people felted it after knitting with it, so it should work. I may have to give this a try this weekend. I've been itching to start a new project - a scarf made of my own dyed/felted wool may be just the thing!

I'm still a little concerned on how the heck to felt the hanks without it all turning into one big blob.. I'm going to be doing it in my bathtub (no washer availible other than the laundromat) so any tips wouldbe greatly appreciated!


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« Reply #15 on: October 08, 2005 11:48:27 AM »

This how I do it:
1.Using a nibby noddy wrap your yarn.
2.Then using a cotton yarn tie every 6 inches all the way around. Or a yarn that isn't wool.
3.Place yarn in a large pot of water with some soap on the stove. Heat the pot, keeping the water hot. I then used my potato masher to aggitate the yarn.
4.Aggitate for a little while, maybe 10 minutes. Take brakes, your arm will get tired.
5.Take the yarn out, ring out the water, lay the yarn in a O and carefully seperate the strands. At this point the yarn may have tried to felt to its self.
6.Take off the ties and replace them. Place the new ties inbetween the old ties.
7.Repeat steps 3-6 until you reach your desired look.

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« Reply #16 on: November 02, 2005 08:08:27 AM »

Hey everyone,

Here are some new skeins. I added beads and novelty yarn to add some texture. Also, I felted the last skein. Felting yarn is really cool!

I used size 6 seed beads on this one.

This one I used a silk that a friend gave me. It really adds a nice texture.

I felted this one!

Thanks for looking. Has anyone felted their yarn? Will you post some photos?

OOHHHH....MYYY.....GOOOD!!!!! AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOOOOOVE THE FIRST ONE! I WOULD MARRY IT! crap i'll never be able to buy yarn from Michaels again! any chance i could buy that (the first one) from you?
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« Reply #17 on: November 03, 2005 05:26:40 PM »

I'm sorry!!! I sold it already. I plan on spinning more yarn with beads in it. You can check back with me in a couple of weeks. Or, check www.mnartists.org/Aisha_Formanski I post my yarn on that site and you can contact me that way too. Thanks for loving my stuff!

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