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Topic: First Knit then Felted purse...stripey!  (Read 2089 times)
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« on: July 10, 2006 04:28:36 PM »

Me and my love for stipes and free yarn (lambs pride, it's roving and yarn is fab!) Since my washing machine has no delicate cycle and my mum was worried about me messing up the washer i did it by hand. Now I know Im insane to do it, but its a good anger release, regardless of the fact that my arms are kiling me..


In the process:

and Viola! Finished product:

I have to line it and put a zipper in it and its into use it goes!


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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2006 05:22:39 PM »

Oooo I love the colors. It turned out great. I have recently became addicted to felting myself.

yay for free yarn! Wink

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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2006 06:46:52 AM »

I love the progress shot with the wooden spoon in the sink Cheesy

But even more, I love your bag - the colours are gorgeous!  I've got to get felting again, it's been at least a month since I last made a bag...

PS - do you need a delicate cycle to machine-felt?  I have a front loading washing machine but I just chuck my bags into a 60 degree cotton wash and they only ever take one cycle.  Maybe not the best idea if you're concerned about over-shrinking but I've not encountered any problems so far Smiley

ETA: I meant 60 degrees centigrade.  I know most US washing machines are top-loaders but I dunno if your temperature gauges are in farenheit or what.  Sorry if I am just confusing the issue!
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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2006 08:07:35 AM »

i actually do mine on the least delicate cycle, unless i just want a light felting.  but even then, if you check it every few minutes, you should be fine.  nice job with hand felting.  how long did it take?

dear mom, please send yarn.  and coffee.


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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2006 08:29:02 AM »

Your bag turned out great!  Nice color combo. 

I always felt in the washer and use the toughtest cycle available, which on my machine is called 'Heavy Duty'.  Just be sure to put the item into a zippered pillowcase before tossing it in so the fuzz that comes off won't clog the drain.

Mistake?  No... it's an Unexpected Design Element.  I put it there on purpose.  *ahem*
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2006 08:59:38 AM »

Thank You all, But are you all serious! Your felting on the roughest cycle?!?! Oye! Well I obviously didnt read enough up on it! That will surely have to be done on the next project. Haha Ill apreciate what the machine will do when I do it. Thanks for telling me! I felted the first round for around and hour then the second time around the same.

The orange will match my fall coat perfectly along with a summer sweater I own...and several other orange things  Grin

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« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2006 09:29:25 AM »

i've found that the two most important things about felting are:  know your yarn and know your washer.  i have definitely found that some wools felt faster and smaller than others.  and some machines agitate more roughly than others.  if in doubt you can always felt a test swatch and get an idea how it's going to come out. 

*knock on wood* i've always gotten good results, and if it's a yarn i haven't felted before, i just pull it out of the wash cycle and check it more frequently.  that's a good idea anyway - you can avoid some problems in felting if you actually shape it periodically throughout the felting cycle.  (get it to be more square, straighten out handles, etc.)

and i guess the third important thing is to use a zippered pillow case or washing bag - it will keep the lint out of your machine AND prevent the item from stretching too much in weird directions.

i adore felting and i've been told i'm really good at it.  some of the regular customers at the LYS i work at will only let me felt for them.  (we have a machine in the shop)  if you have other felting questions, i'd be happy to help!


dear mom, please send yarn.  and coffee.


« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2006 07:18:15 PM »

grrrlartist  your wonderful for all the tips! Thank you! Im actually realy itching to make something to felt in the machine now... haha i just have to find what!

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