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« on: September 17, 2007 12:46:12 PM »

I have a question. I purchased a 100% lambswool sweater (it said so on the tag) from goodwill with the intention of felting it, then cutting it up to make a messenger-type bag. I threw it in the wash with a few pairs of jeans set it to hot, added my soap, and waited it out. When I pulled it out of the washer, it seemed a little like it had felted, but the sleeves and back were exactly the same as whe nI put it in. What went wrong? Any help/suggestions would be great.

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« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2007 12:51:07 PM »

did you check the label for washing instructions?  does it say that it can be machine washed?  because if so you may never get it to felt.....  otherwise, maybe longer in the washer?  more soap?  more agitation, or try shocking it by putting it in alternate hot and cold water.......

The other thing that comes to mind is this - it isn't a white sweater is it?  White has been treated/bleached to make it really white and that can makeit very difficult to felt/shrink..........

« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2007 01:46:55 PM »

No it says dry clean only on the tag. As for color, its a medium and dark gray. I suppose I should have said that before,eh?

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« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2007 02:07:14 PM »

I find that sweaters sometimes take more than one run through the wash to felt.  I have no idea *why* exactly though, there doesn't seem to be a consistent feature that less-feltable sweaters I've purchased have in common.

Anyway, I would give it another run through and see what happens.  You could also chuck it in the dryer afterwards (while it's still wet).  If THAT doesn't felt it though, I would probably  write it off...some things just aren't meant to be.

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