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femiknit
« on: December 17, 2005 06:55:26 PM »

I hand-dyed some wool for knitting friends and told them that they could felt it.  Now, I have no idea if this is true or not.  I mean, I'm almost positive that it will felt but I would hate for them to follow a pattern for felting and then not be able to felt it.  Anyone know for a fact if they can do it?
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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2005 07:51:21 AM »

If it was feltable before dying, you're probably okay, assuming the dy was fixed properly.
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« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2005 03:07:56 AM »

If it was feltable before dying, you're probably okay, assuming the dy was fixed properly.

fixed properly???  what does that mean?
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« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2005 09:04:56 AM »

If it was feltable before dying, you're probably okay, assuming the dy was fixed properly.

fixed properly???  what does that mean?
Fixing basically means stopping the dying process...in theory once the fixative is used the object wont absorb any more dye (get darker) and it won't discharge any more dye (fade, bleed).  What was your fiber and what type of dye did you use?
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« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2005 07:09:59 AM »

I used Lamb's Pride bulky (or worsted, can't remember) and I used Kool-Aid to dye it.  I let it sit in there to where the water it was dyeing in became clear.  Maybe I'll tell them to felt a swatch just to see how it turns out.
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« Reply #5 on: December 25, 2005 08:02:21 AM »

I have kool-aid dyed Lion Brand Fishermans wool and then felted it without any problems. I can't imagine Lamb's Pride would be any different.

The fixing problem mentioned about wouldn't really relate to the felting process but rather if the yarn would hold the dye. Unfixed dye creates problems with plain old washing (hand or machine) as well as felting because basically the dye runs. I have never seen wool dyed with kool-aid have a problem with running colors.
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« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2006 05:26:40 AM »

Good to know.  Thanks for your help!!
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