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« on: November 05, 2008 08:35:03 PM »

I'm hoping to felt a flower that I've knitted and haven't had much luck with hand felting in the past.  I was wondering if anyone can help me: could I chuck the flower in a container with hot, soapy water and shake it around?  Would this actually work?

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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2008 09:26:54 PM »

When I have hand felted in the past, I've had to actually agitate the item, which means rubbing it with your hands or against something else.  Just shaking it around in the water won't do much Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2008 12:58:36 AM »

Hmmm... Thanks sassy-pants.  So I guess chucking something like tennis balls in might not help either.

I recall reading that front loader washing machines aren't much good for felting either, which is a shame because that's what I've got.

I shall continue to investigate but if anyone can add anything to help I'd appreciate it!

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« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2008 07:05:40 AM »

I've felted successfully in a front-loading washer before.  I just add a pair of jeans and a couple of pair of old shoes that I reserve JUST for helping felt things.

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« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2008 10:10:47 AM »

I've also felted in a front load washer, simply set it to hot/cold and put in a couple pair of jeans and some of those dryer balls. Sometimes I've had to run something through a few times to get it as felted as I wanted, but the dryer will also help  Wink
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« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2008 08:11:15 PM »

for small stuff I use my sink and hand agitate it..that way i can also control the amount of fulling..for bigger stuff like bags I use the machine..I think they say it doesnt do as well in front loaders is because of the low agitation of the front loader..it tumbles more than it swishes..hehe

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