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Topic: Felted my own wool and dang it, it is uneven. Help? Ideas to fix?  (Read 2017 times)
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« on: November 21, 2010 09:14:04 PM »

So, I've felted sweaters before for small sewing projects without any real issue. This time I decided I wanted to felt yardage because I want to make a little boiled wool coat for my son. Well, I got a 98% wool fabric at Joann's washed and dried it on hot about 5 times. My research on the internet seemed to indicate that a 98% wool should felt fine. It felted, however it has come out a little uneven. Parts of it shrank perfectly and lay flat, but then other parts rippled. The flat and ripple parts are very consistent and run in lines parallel to the selvedge each being about 3" wide, so the fabric is now striped in a way. This is really seems to be an issue related to how the fabric was woven based on the consistency (even though it is so weird how consistent it is).

I've thought about taking an iron to it with lots of moisture and steam. I'd put a wet towel over it anyway to iron the wool and prevent it turning shiny on me.

I'm not sure how to fix this, any ideas?
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2011 01:03:14 PM »

Just wanted to bump this back to the top in hopes you get a response.

I had the same gut feeling you did, to take a really steamy iron to it, maybe with a pressing cloth on top?  I really don't know.  Let us know what you did and whether it worked.

Also, not sure if you asked there, but maybe someone on the sewing boards would know.
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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2011 01:53:34 PM »

Is there anyway that you could make use of these ripples as a design feature rather than a design flaw??

You certainly could try the hot steam iron and see if that resolves the problem, but you'd have to wash and dry it again to determine if it will just resort to the rippled effect. If it does, you'd always have to steam iron the coat. Could you cut the coat out so as to avoid using the rippled portions?

Hope you figure out a good solution!

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« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2012 11:55:13 AM »

i did this too i had two yards ended with a "fat quarter"...any ideas? Huh
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