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« on: June 04, 2006 09:16:00 AM »

I recently knit up a felted bowl with some knitpicks wool of the andes (2 strands held together).  It felted quite well, and looks suprising OK, considering I made it up as I went along....however it is a bit more floppy then I was hoping, I mean it stands up on it's own and everything, but having it be slightly more stiff might be better.
I was thinking about trying some spray starch to give it a bit more backbone, but wanted to check first if anyone has had any experience with this type of thing.
Thanks much!
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« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2006 07:08:55 PM »

How many times have you sent it through the wash?

I've never felted a bowl, but for a bag that is still too floppy, I felt it down again and again until it is as hard as it will go.  I've made lots of bags, but never have I felted them too far -- at least in my opinion!  For me, the firmer the better.

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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2006 07:18:31 PM »

That's a good idea...although my sister is eyeing my bowl as a bucket hat now...I have a feeling it might become a hat this time around, and I'll have to make another bowl!
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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2006 09:24:52 AM »

I think making your own starch with cornstarch and water and soaking the whole thing, as opposed to spraying it on, would work better. I'm sure there's a recipe on the internets for homemade starch. Just guestimating about all this, havent' tried it.
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