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Topic: Needle felting on a hat that's not wool?  (Read 452 times)
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« on: March 20, 2007 04:41:43 PM »

I promise that I searched before I posted this question.  This may be a stupid question but I've never needle felted before so I figure it's okay.

Can I needle felt on a knitted hat that's made with acrylic yarn?  I want to make ladybug dots on a red baby hat I made.  I've deduced that needle felting will be the quickest way for me to add the dots, since I didn't do intarsia.  I also thought about knitting little i-cords and making them into circles, but that A) involves making a bunch of little i-cords and B) involves sewing all of those in.  Gross.

Can you help me?   Undecided

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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2007 05:46:12 PM »

hey, i would recommend asking questions about needle felting on the felting board - they talk about all felting that is not the shrunken knitted item variety.  on the other hand, i can help you with this particular question:  Its called Laminate felting/fulling,  and to do it on anything that is not wool, or, even on something that is wool but you're having trouble making it stick, you need to be able to needle felt it through the item onto a stable background.  My favourite way to do this is to buy good quality %100 wool felt from a quilt supply store or something (then you can get close to the colour of your non-wool item too!) and punch through the fibre and the non-wool item to secure it on the back patch of ready made wool felt.  Just make sure that you have purchased the %100 wool kind of felt and not the acrylic craft felt.  Also you can use roving instead of the purchased felt, or just make your own patch for the backing.  PM me or ask on the felting board if this is too disorganized to understand, or just try also googling laminate felting technique.  I hope that helps. Smiley

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