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« on: January 02, 2011 05:28:20 PM »

I was reading this forum awhile back and saw a post 10 or so back about "smoothing" projects. One bit of advice was to gently wet felt it with soap and your fingers. I tried that on one of my pieces, and it just made it ridiculously fuzzy. So then I figured I was too rough with the material, and I did it extremely gently with another piece. Still made it much fuzzier! What am I doing wrong?
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2011 12:36:38 PM »

I've seen a suggestion to use a steam iron to smooth a wet-felted object.  Haven't tried that myself, but might be worth a try?
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2011 12:26:46 PM »

Hey, that does sound like a good idea! Thanks for replying!!!
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2011 09:47:10 PM »

If steam doesn't work, there is another option:  FIRE.  I recently saw a travel show where they showed a man making felted wool hats in Turkey.  As the final step, when the felting was complete, he passed the hats near a flame (not into a flame!!) to get the fuzzies off.  I just tried it on a felted bead I made of alpaca fiber, which was crazy fuzzy, and it worked really well.  I held the bead briefly a few inches from a small flame.  Just sort of passed it near it.  The wool singed, just like your arm hair might singe if you got too close to a burner.  Then I just rubbed the bead to remove the crystallized singed bits.

BUT PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DON'T BURN DOWN YOUR HOUSE ATTEMPTING THIS!   I know wool is flame resistant, but if you're trying this on my say-so, please do it outside with a bucket of water next to you just in case.  I say this because I was once part of a different sewing forum where a woman tried doing a burn test to figure out what kind of fiber was in the fabric she was working with.  She set her whole living room on fire.  Tons of damage but no one was hurt.

ETA:  This would only work with 100% wool felt.  I'm guessing pre-made felt from the craft store would just melt and/or catch on fire.  I know you're not working with craft felt, but thought I'd add this in case someone else might.

Anyway, this does work, as tested on my felt bead, but please be uber careful if you try it.
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« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2011 08:16:13 AM »

Hmm, interesting suggestion on using a bit of flame.  I'll have to test that out, and I have one more suggestion for your safety info--make sure the container the water is in is LARGE and not something that will catch on fire.  Metal would be the best.
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2011 06:40:09 AM »

My absolute favorite tool for smoothing felt is a small animal clipper/shaver (battery operated).  It is  about 3" long and 1" wide.  Works great!!!
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2011 01:29:17 PM »

Thanks to all of you for all the great suggestions! I will definitely try flame. And I'll definitely be safe- my Dad used to be a photographer for the local fire department. Fire safety is vital!
I may also try the animal clipper. That sounds like yet another great idea!
Which reminds me...what about a sweater shaver? That has to work!

Again, thanks all!
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« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2011 08:26:17 PM »

I have used a razor (a disposable safety razor)  to get the fuzz off a wall hanging and it worked very well!

« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2011 10:01:33 PM »

I have used a razor (a disposable safety razor)  to get the fuzz off a wall hanging and it worked very well!

What another innovative approach!
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