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« on: November 03, 2004 11:23:54 AM »

Well, I made my first felted bag, using the Hello Yarn pattern for chunky wool, and I think I overfelted it a  tad Smiley  But, as I had made it as a gift for someone, I thought I would seek my friends' opinions on it to see how they would feel about getting it.  They seem to like it, so a gift it remains!

Feedback would be very welcome, particularly the constructive kind of "you did this wrong by the looks of it - fix it with this, or don't do it at all!"  I used Rowan chunky print, and I only have a front loader, so daringly slapped it in a pillow case with an old pair of jeans on a 60 degree heavy soiling wash.  It even went through a spin without turning into a big mess!  I think I was rather lucky, but I was using a cycle that I haven't used much, and I forgot that it had a spin at the end Sad

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« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2004 03:39:32 PM »

i really like it! I'd keep it for myself  Wink Really like the contrast between the grey and the bright flower.

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« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2004 07:04:59 PM »

I really like that grey with the flower.  Looks great!

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« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2004 07:57:40 AM »

I think it looks great!  But what's this about not supposed to spin it?  How do you get the water out?  I spun my felted bag and it looks great!

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« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2004 08:42:06 AM »

I think it looks wonderful too. What exactly don't you like about it? From the photo it looks great!

 I use a front loader and spinning is 100% fine for felting. The downside of a front loader is that 1) you can't open mid-cycle so if you're trying to felt something to a specific size, well, you can't and 2) you need to add jeans or something to agitate the wool since there isn't an agitator in the machine. If anything a front loader takes a little more time than a top loader  but no need to worry about spinning!
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2004 12:36:02 PM »

Cool, thanks for the advice!  I'm sure I read somewhere that you aren't supposed to put it through the spin part of the cycle because it does bad things to the felting process.  I shall now ignore that Cheesy

The reason I thought it was a bit iffy was that, being in the front loader, it got a bit creased, and no amount of playing with it would pull it out.  You can tell how lumpy it is from looking at the leaf on the left.  It also has a hole in the base from me being naughty and using a circular needle a bit bigger in length than the pattern asked for.  The base was tough because of that, but I couldn't get a shorter one for love nor money in my area, and buying them online is so expensive in the UK Sad  I wasn't going to pay a lot for a needle just for making one pattern.

Admittedly a work colleague wants one in purple (I have no idea when I will get my college work done, but nevermind!), so I'll see how that one turns out.  I also have plans for mittens in Debbie Bliss Maya thanks to Felted Knits, so I am officially now into felting Cheesy

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