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Topic: Repair holes in wool sweaters, rugs etc with needle felting!  (Read 15082 times)
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« on: October 23, 2011 09:21:54 AM »

Maybe you know about this already but I just came across it and think it's the COOLEST THING EVER! Do you know how many wool sweaters I've cut up for other crafts because they were all holey? Sheesh, if only I'd known.



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Next time I see a hole in a wool carpet I'm going to fix it like this, it's so neat!
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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2011 03:58:40 PM »

Thanks for the link CLM!  I can see this as helpful for elbows, but the ones on the chest I'd be tempted to make into flowers, just for prettiness sake Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2012 07:28:02 PM »

This is great! But I have a few questions. 1) Wouldn't it make the finished garment unwashable because of shrinkage?  2) What about the little hairs on the back? How does she keep them down?!
I like the idea of blanket stitching around them to make it look more like regular fabric or something. Especially on the elbows. Too cute! Hey, do I have any holy clothes I need to fix? Hey, would this work on the knees of my jeans?!
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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2012 08:45:22 AM »

I saw a needle-felting book in JoAnn one time (can't remember the name of the book) but it said you can needle felt onto denim.  To repair a hole in denim, I wonder if you could needle-felt a patch first, then needle-felt the patch to the jeans?

I just googled, "Can you needle felt onto denim?" and several sites said you can use denim or heavy cotton.  Never tried it myself though.

ETA:  Funny -- I just watched the video, and all I could think was, "Man -- they need to do something about their moth problem!"  Martha Stewart had an article about repairing holes in sweaters with needle-felting, and some of them were really cute.  She used a stencil to make en even shape (ovals, circles or whatever) and then put several ovals onto one sweater, so it ended up with a decorative, more purposely-done look.
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« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2012 04:19:20 PM »

Our neighbour was bummed over some holes in her new wool mittens the other day and I remembered this, it worked out GREAT! She was totally happy to have her mittens back repaired with fluffy stuff, it's thicker and stronger than before too.

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« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2013 12:55:05 PM »

I want to fix my holey mittens like that... I just need to figure out what to stuff into the thumbs to avoid felting them together instead of just mending the hole...
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« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2013 01:57:21 PM »

I've managed to fix one hole now Smiley I felted a patch about the size I needed first, and then rolled up some kind of packing foam to fill the thumb. I didn't flatten the inside since I figured the slight fuzz will felt with wear.
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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2016 12:44:57 PM »

What a fabulous way to give new life to old favorites!! I will never scrap anything again!!
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« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2017 07:55:55 PM »

Oh how I wish I had seen this post before I threw out the beautiful hand knitted shawl I made last year. I took it out of the wardrobe to discover that something had been munching tiny holes in it.... pure wool it was too and quite expensive to make. I will never again throw away a holey shawl or jumper.  It would also be a great way to hide a bleach stain... Make a pretty felted feature of it.
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« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2017 04:51:33 AM »

Oh Cherie, that literally hurts me to hear. I love scraps and mending, I recently frogged an alpaca sweater to rescue the yarn. How sad your shawl was thrown away. Oh well, next time...

Annchen have you mended your mittens? I love this technique very much and will use it forever. For small holes in denim etc I sew an eyelet stitch in bright embroidery thread to make a feature of it, it looks quite nice.
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