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« on: July 06, 2004 07:52:18 PM »

i'm posting here because i saw a lot of felt jewelry items.  How does one care for felt?  like, how would you wash a felt cuff--does it shrink?  do colors run?  does a felt applique run its color on a garment?  i searched and can't find anything.  i need to know soon before i start my next project.  thank you so much.
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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2004 09:27:06 AM »

hmm...sorry i don't know what happens when u wash felt, but why not try it yourself? take a small piece of felt, measure it and put it in the wash with all ur laundry. your question's answered AND all the other puzzled crafsters find out as well!
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« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2004 07:07:21 AM »

They can't run too bad... I know people have used them on clothing before, and I'm assuming their clothing gets washed.  But I'm not sure.

 A safer way to find out than just throwing felt in the wash with your clothes might be to go to a fabric store and ask.  Or you could try soaking your felt in hot water and seeing if it runs. 
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« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2004 07:38:31 AM »

to check if your felt is colorfast, get it wet (in hot water) and then wrap it in a white paper towel and squeeze the water out (as much as you can).  then unwrap it and see if there is any color on the paper towel - if there is, it runs, if not, you're good!  It's a LOT safer than throwing it in the laundry and checking to see if all your socks have turned pink! Wink
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« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2004 01:49:04 PM »

wat a smart idea! Wink unlike the one i had...  Undecided
 
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« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2004 01:51:40 PM »

Hey, don't feel bad, I just read this tip about checking colorfastness for yarns.  And I am the proud possessor of many no-longer-white socks Tongue
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« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2004 02:42:34 PM »

I sew felt applique tshirts aimed at boys and my husband has had a few of my shirts for like 3 or 4 years and they have yet to fall apart and he washes and drys them we always wash in cold water. But when I sell them I suggest not to dry them. Because it is just stitched on so it could shrink. but they have never run.
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