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Topic: Felting with Great Pyr Dog fur?  (Read 1836 times)
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« on: September 12, 2010 08:52:08 AM »

So I have 2 Great Pyrennes dogs - I have had 1 bag for their fur from one shedding - I understand that a person can spin and knit their fur - which is really like wool - when out in the rain they do smell like wet sweaters. My question can a person felt with it and perhaps even dye it. Would love some feedback on this - I am intrigued with the idea of felting soaps and wanting to use the dog fur if I can - an almost free crafting material.
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2010 02:50:15 AM »

Dye, yes. Spin, weave, knit, crochet, tatt, etc. - you betcha! Felt, not so easily. Wool felts easily because it has microscopic barbs along the length of the strand of the hair. Great Pyrenees fur doesn't have those. Think the shampoo/conditioner ads you used to see all over, where the "close-up" picture of the damaged hair is covered in scales and it's next to the close-up of hair improved by the products, which is smooth - that's the difference. You CAN felt with it (for goodness' sakes, have you paid attention to the mats they get behind their ears?) but it's not very easy.

(Has a great pyr too.)  Grin

« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2010 11:26:06 PM »

Well they say there are no stupid questions - so there still is the smallest of possibilities of mixing a small percentage of fur into wool before dyeing and felting. I imagine the same is true of Alpaca - my neighbour gifted me with a large garbage bag from "Watson's" shearing this Spring. I am gathering the necessary items together to try my hand at spinning with a drop spindle one of these days.
Don't think "fur matted soap" would be too appealing .... lol !!
Thanks for taking the time to screw in the lightbulb for me - appreciated - very much.
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« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2010 09:31:06 AM »

You could needlefelt it pretty easily.   Longer, softer dog/cat hair needlefelts pretty well.  It's the shorter, harder stuff that is a problem.  If it's too difficult, blend it with some wool, but I imagine it would be fine the way it is.

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